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Various Artists: Drum Nation Volume Two

Okay, call me a cynic, but Drum Nation was thought up by someone on Madison Avenue. The first Drum Nation CD was an attempt to let drummers have an outlet to show their talents and develop something unique. Volume Two is nothing more than an attempt by Magna Carta to milk that idea and introduce listeners to previously released songs that they may not have purchased yet. These songs are more about the CDs they are marketing than about the drummers being featured.

Drummers featured include Mike Portnoy, Terry Bozzio, and Anton Fig, household names if you follow Progressive Rock at all. But the other drummers featured, all very talented and important artists for Magna Carta, are featured in situations where their drumming is strictly part of music being sold. Virgil Donati's drumming for Planet X is rocking drumming at it's finest, but the song is a showcase for Derek Sherinian's keyboards, not the drum kit.

If you are looking for a sampler that features artists like Andy West, Oz Noy, The Clinton Administration, and Attention Deficit, then this is as a good a CD as you are going to find. If you are truly looking for volume two of Drum Nation, this isn't it. The kit work is excellent, but this is not that unique forum that volume one was.

Track Listing
Mike Portnoy: Meetings (5:55)
Pat Mastelotto: Toccata (8:04)
Dennis Chambers: One Less Worry (7:28)
Terry Bozzio: The Last Page (8:25)
Clyde Stubblefield: Cosmic Slop (4:57)
Virgil Donati: Space Martini (3:47)
Tim Alexander: My Fellow Astronauts (4:04)
Keith Carlock: Steroids (4:25)
Rod Morgenstein: Herd Instinct (4:36)
Simon Phillips: The Barbarian (4:40)
Josh Freese: Baby-Faced Assasin (9:54)
Anton Fig: Cissy Strut (4:06)
Stanton Moore: Family Affair (7:05)

Added: March 21st 2005
Reviewer: Steve Ambrosius
Related Link: Magna Carta
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Language: english

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