Shrapnel Records press release

"Gripping virtuoso guitar licks and a glimpse at history as it was being made accurately summarize Jason Becker's new album, "Collection". Even as paralysis set in from his disease, Jason still had a strong desire to compose ."Collection" not only contains some of Jason's favorite moments from his Shrapnel and David Lee Roth recordings, it also features three new Becker compositions, each as impressive as anything he has recorded in the past. Jason has enlisted some of the largest names in instrumental guitar music and has as many as three guitarists per track trading off riveting performances. Including performances by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Michael Lee Firkins, Marty Friedman and Greg Howe. "Collection" is exactly the kind of record that Becker fans have been waiting for."


Jason Becker himself states in his official blog: "There is some bonus material when you stick it in your computer, so the total music time adds up to about an hour and a half. I hope you all dig it. Listen to it loud, or else it sucks."


"Collection" tracklisting:

01. Rain
02. River of Longing
03. Images
04. Opus Pocus
05. Higher
06. It's Showtime
07. Altitudes
08. End of the Beginning
09. River of Longing (Reprise)
10. Meet Me In the Morning
11. Air
12. Electric Prayer for Peace
13. Mandy's Throbbing Little Heart

Bonus material:

01. Go Off (intro)
02. End Of The Beginning
03. Noodling For Rob And Tony


Taken from Blabbermouth

Jason Becker began his career as a Shrapnel recording artist by joining forces with guitar virtuoso Marty Friedman to form seminal progressive metal pioneers Cacophony. Amassing worldwide acclaim as a guitar virtuoso, Becker came to the attention of David Lee Roth who was looking for a guitarist to replace Steve Vai and the rest is history.

Through his work with Cacophony, his groundbreaking solo record "Perpetual Burn", recorded when Jason was just 17, and through his second solo record "Perspective", recorded after Becker came down with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease). Jason earned an international reputation for being one of the best composer/guitarists to emerge from the legendary Shrapnel shredding scene.

Even as paralysis set in from his disease, Becker still had a strong desire to compose and "Collection" not only contains some of Becker's favorite moments from his Shrapnel and David Lee Roth recordings, it also features three new Becker compositions, each as impressive as anything he has recorded in the past. Becker has enlisted some of the largest names in instrumental guitar music to perform the parts that he hears in his head and has as many as three guitarists per track trading off riveting performances.


Source: myspace.com
 
Posted: 07.11.2008 by vårÐå



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Derelict Earth - 07.11.2008 at 13:12  
Impressive that he managed to compose despite his condition. Good news !
Lord TJ - 07.11.2008 at 14:36  
This guy is a vegetable! But he still doesn't cease to amaze people because of that! Impressive indeed!
amarchand - 07.11.2008 at 14:37  
Indeed! congratulations jason, i'll have to pick up a copy
ArcesseEum - 07.11.2008 at 15:22  
Jason Becker is the best shred guitarist the world has ever seen - I seriously want to hear this record even though I dont really care for shred these days.
Elio - 07.11.2008 at 15:26  
Respect dude!
Kevin French - 07.11.2008 at 19:39  
Jason Becker is my hero. ALS is something that people euthanize themselves for. But if you read stuff on his website, Becker barely even bemoans his condition. He even jokes about it. His musical brilliance is only a fraction of why he's so awesome.

Also, I'm getting this album immediately.
Black Conundrum - 08.11.2008 at 01:10  
Oh, wow. He has ALS. If that's the case, then him composing and releasing an album is awesomeness. This album is one that I would like to have.
LeChron James - 08.11.2008 at 01:26  
This announcement makes me cry. im sooooo glad Jason Becker is putting out a new album.
LeChron James - 08.11.2008 at 01:36  
Written by Lord TJ on 07.11.2008 at 14:36

This guy is a vegetable! But he still doesn't cease to amaze people because of that! Impressive indeed!

RIGHT? Jason Becker is a savege and should be recognized as such. anyone else is retarded.
-DC-002- - 10.11.2008 at 10:11  
When I first went in here I thought it said "Jason Statham - new album out" so I was a bit like "what the fuck, he makes music?" haha

on a serious note. Its good a guy in his condition is keeping his passions alive and still making good music
YoreLore - 10.11.2008 at 14:12  
Jason Becker is not a vegetable...if he was he would either have severe brain damage or would not know where he was at any point. How many vegetables can write fantastic guitar albums? Idiot.

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