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Schad, Steve: Guitar World

With Guitar World which feaures a small and subtle "Recorded at home" tagline on the back cover Madison, Wis.-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Schad continues his string of clean and vibrantly produced records. As the title implies, the 13 songs on Guitar World, the man's sixth disc, are instrumental guitar pieces, most of them acoustic. But unlike many heavy-metal and neoclassical guitarists whose work gets covered on this site, Schad doesn't like to repeat himself. Granted, he covers Jeff Beck ("Jeff's Boogie"), The Beatles ("Here Comes the Sun") and Emerson Lake & Palmer ("From the Beginning"), as well as himself (an alternate version of one of Schad's best compositions, "Feeling the Force"), but after four acoustic numbers, Schad gets funky with a drum machine, ethereal effects and a fat electric guitar on "Mystic Skull" among the album's finest tunes.

Elsewhere, the keyboard-drenched "Blessing In Disguise" sounds like a lost track from pre-Tommy Shaw-era Styx or early Kansas; the acoustic "Leonard" builds with multiple chord progressions, breaks into a brief spaghetti-western time signature and then alternates between the two styles for the rest of the song; and parts of "Bride of the Monster" unveil a darker side of the man's musical psyche.

Schad may keep a low profile, self release his CDs with simple homemade art and prefer to work alone "at home," but his enthusiasm for the well-crafted and melodic music he makes is infectious. This isn't throwaway stuff. In fact, I consider Schad's work refreshment for the ears.

Track Listing:
1) Jeff's Boogie
2) Feeling the Force
3) 1961
4) Here Comes the Sun
5) Mystic Skull
6) Blessing in Disguise
7) From the Beginning
8) Spanish Pandora
9) Pigeon Slippers
10) Leonard
11) Bullnose Almondine
12) Faithful
13) Bride of the Monster

Added: December 19th 2006
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: Official Steve Schad Web Site
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Language: english

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Schad, Steve: Guitar World
Posted by Jay Fruehling on 2006-12-22 07:43:32
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Guitar World... Guitar Whirled!

Dedication to his music and to his dreams characterize Steve. Guitar world, the latest release in his sting of self-created and self-promoted CD's is a shining example that he's getting better and better at both! Clean playing, eclectic arrangements and offbeat titles to each track keep me coming back for more. I'm simply grateful that he's so prolific and driven...

The price is right, the quality is there. Buy this foot-tapping CD and support a dedicated musical artist that's true to himself and his music. Help him keep "doin' the work"; you'll both be glad you did.

Schad, Steve: Guitar World
Posted by Arthur Zell on 2006-12-21 19:46:28
My Score:

Rock Solid Stuff here! Steel string Nervana! Great on acoustic, and the electric arrangements are first rate. Steve Schadd is probably one of the better "unknown" players/arrangers in the "Guitar World". Well done, I hope to hear some of this on the radio... you know... when you least expect it... and you say to yourself.... "Now just who the heck is this??" I want more! AZ

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