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Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm

After a long absence, Canadian guitar hero Frank Marino and his band Mahogany Rush are back with a masterful new album, showcasing his superior guitar skills, melodic vocals, and thoughful lyrics. While Eye of the Storm is quite diffferent than many of Marino's heavier albums from the late 70's and early 80's, the guitarist has shown that with age comes maturity on this latest release.

Those who might have tired of all the Jimi Hendrix comparisons that followed Marino throughout his career will be pleased to know that these rumblings may very well end with this CD. Yes, Frank still plays in that lyrical, bluesy style that features lots of effects, but the days of Frank sitting back on his wah-wah pedal and laying down speed of light solos are gone. Take the title track here for instance, which is a weaving, psychedelic masterpiece telling a tale of impending doom. Marino's lengthy guitar solo features loads of Middle Eastern tinged scales mixed with a classical influence, which will remind more of Ritchie Blackmore than Hendrix. The mesmerizing "He's Calling" features a singature Marino sound, and at just over ten minutes leaves lots of room for some guitar mayhem. "Learned My Lesson Well" is a rousing blues rocker, much in the style of Govt. Mule, that shows just how good a singer Frank still is. The touching ballad "Since You Came into My Life" is a nice piece dedicated to his two daughters, which considering how much of a family man Frank has become lately is a nice tribute. There is a hightened sense of spirituality on Eye of the Storm, as evidenced on the lyrics to "Ordinary Man" as well as "Heat of the Moment" which suggest that Marino has taken religion very seriously in recent years. The fabulous instrumental "Avalon" is a showcase for the band, starting off as a smooth jazz piece before working into a complex rocker. Frank's guitar tone is right on target, as he goes from a warm Wes Montgomery sound to a screaming Carlos Santana vibe in the blink of an eye.

As mentioned, Eye of the Storm may not be as heavy as some of Marino's earlier albums, but it doesn't need to be. Six of the songs here exceed seven minutes, so there are plenty of lengthy solos to grab your attention, and the melodies are quite good as well. The great thing about Marino is that he's not all about guitar licks. Add strong vocals and inspired lyrics to his superior musical talents and you have a well rounded CD. Welcome back!

Added: June 13th 2002
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
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Related Link: Official Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush Fan Page
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Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by JaminJim Lane on 2009-10-16 11:33:42
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It's about time someone with the class and talent of Mr. Frank Marino save's us from the world of what ever it is that stuff is they call music today. I've had this cd for over 9 years now, and let me tell you it just get's better and more ... each time I hear it. 9 tunes that cover 72 minutes of guitar playing that at times you feel like Frank Marino is ripping the gut's out of his axe. And other times listening to the delicate sound of a soft wind building up to a Hurricane. Starting with a couple minutes of sounds that resemble maybe JEFF BECK in PINK FLOYD doing STAR WARS? Into THE EYE OF THE STORM 9:54 of blistering guitar work that intertwines within it's self to pull off what could be called unbelievable. You'll have to hear it for yourself. HE'S CALLING rips right into a riff that sounds like what maybe you would hear if you stuck your finger in a wall socket. Track 8, AVALON is another instrumental by Frank that you'll wander why he doesn't get Grammy's or do movie sound track's? For you folk's who loved POPPY this is it, man!! Listening to the words in these songs, you can tell Frank has matured with age and is able to share a lifetime of experience's and example's of a life worth living. I could go on all day, but . . . there is no way to compare EYE OF THE STORM with say STRANGE UNIVERSE or MAHOGANY RUSH LIVE or even JUGGERNAUT !! For all you Frank Marino fans out there, hello!! If you've never heard of Frank, GET THIS CD TODAY, OK!! The of course get the newer REAL LIVE. JaminJim Lane

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Kevin Dean on 2004-10-19 18:22:09
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Fantastic from beginning to end. I have been a Frank Marino fan since 1974 and this shows that things do get better with age. This CD shows Mr. Marino's prownes in the many styles of guitar playing that he excells in. Be it rock, jazz, pschodelia, the man plays straight from the heart. He's Calling stands out as a giutar lovers dream. There has to be at least 6 minutes of pure guitar wizardry on this track.

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-04-13 17:54:57
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I have been a Frank Marino fan from the very beginning of his carrear. He is and always will be one of if not the best guitar player out there. Eye of The Storm is one of Franks best album releases. It has blazing guitar work covering many styles, from pure rock to cool jazz, & of course a touch of the blues. He's Calling alone is worth the price of this excellent CD with a solo that rips from beginning to end for at least 5 minutes. Also for all you Frank fans that do not know be on the lookout for a brand new live CD to be released in the very near future. I have heard samples of it on the official Mahogany Rush site and believe me I cannot wait for its release.

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2004-03-20 05:10:09
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The song 'He's Calling' is worth the price alone, what a groove he's got going and there's some backwards guitar going on a bit in there too.

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2003-06-19 08:08:32
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Frank, I have recently purchased "Eye of the Storm".
Best CD in my collection. Frank, Don't stop now man.
I've been a Mahogany Rush fan since You Guys started
rockin. I will be back to buy all my friends a copy.
Fellow rocker and Friend....Gene Walsh

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by mothrocker on 2002-08-07 23:51:04
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album of the year. this is the kinda stuff that should get airplay.
not that boring grunge metal.

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-07-15 20:11:41
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If you followed Frank through the years and seriously listened to this cd you would understand why he is still one of the greatest guitarists that has ever lived. There is,nor has there been, anything quite as intense,emotional and melodical in the last decade that could even come close to being compared to Eye of the storm in my opinion. Hats off to you Frank. In my book you will always be the king of guitar. Sonicbrew

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-07-14 18:09:34
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Some of Frank's best work to date,back to the old Psychedelic sound with some new freaky flovors.........tape loop delay"for that backwards masking sound"and the masterful mix that you've come to expect from Mahogany Rush! Pull out the binger,turn on the lava lamp and lay back and grooooooooooooove! toPdoog024

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-07-08 05:07:02
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Really great to have Mr.Marino back! I took couple of times to catch the "new" sound. Maybe we all are coming a bit moody with age? Cheers!!!
Mr.Man of Finland

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-07-07 20:11:31
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Killer psychedelic solos, intelligent lyrics, well written and produced. This is simply one of the best recordings of the last decade.

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-06-19 09:18:50
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If you have all of Frank Marino & Mahogany rush's albums up to date, and you don't have this one....GET IT! Eye of the Storm is a must have for your collection. A very powerful combination of musical styles and lyrics. Trust me on this...all walks of life will love this album.

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-06-18 16:04:26
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best cd i have heard in years. the title track is awesome. a must have for your collection.

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-06-18 10:03:53
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This Cd is his best .great music and lyrics.this is frank at his true form.....a must have for all....I love it

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-06-17 21:03:22
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Very intense and varied. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Hope Frank tours innear St. Louis some time in the near future. Welcome back!!

Marino, Frank, & Mahogany Rush: Eye of the Storm
Posted by Anonymous on 2002-06-17 20:39:57
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Very good CD from start to finish. Jazz, rock, ballads, it's all here. Great lyrics and some very intense guitar solos. I really like it.




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