ERIC JOHNSON – Collage (2017)
Exquisite Texan guitarist ERIC JOHNSON is releasing today a new CD titled “Collage”. This 10-song album – a mix of originals and covers – tops a sudden whirlwind of activity for the longtime Austin guitar virtuoso.
The interpretations on “Collage” are enlightening, from a gorgeous acoustic rendition of Jimi Hendrix’s ‘One Rainy Wish’ to an uplifting update of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Up Tight (Everything’s Alright)’ re-done in a classic Johnson’s late ’80s style.
The latter is a pure delight for fans of Johnson’s more melodic side, that one which made him world-wide known via his awesome album Ah… Via Musicom.
That ‘sound’ is what most old fans have been waiting for after various recent Eric works more bluesy oriented.
And you can taste it in the newly written Johnson’s originals ‘Morning Sun’ (killer guitar tone), ‘Stratagem’ and the pearl ‘One Rainy Wish’.
You fall in love as well with the romantic eight-minute epic ‘To Love You’ and ‘To Whom It May Concern’, an exquisite album-closing instrumental.
Other covers shine too, like the turbo-charged take on the Ventures’ surf-rock classic ‘Pipeline’ shaped by Eric into a sweet poppy tune, a superb take on The Beatles’ ‘We Can Work It Out’, and the B.B. King hit ‘Rock Me Baby’, the bluesy track on the album.
“Collage” is, for the most part, ERIC JOHNSON returning to his melodious side, those perfectly crafted tunes full of magic with a crystal clear production. His vocals are ethereal as ever, and his playing, getting better and better with age.
01 – Up Tight (Everything’s Alright)
02 – Morning Sun
03 – To Love You
04 – Stratagem
05 – One Rainy Wish
06 – We Can Work It Out
07 – Rock Me Baby
08 – Pipeline
09 – The Fade
10 – To Whom It May Concern
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