Sunday, 5 February 2012

Stuart Smith - Heaven & Earth 1999

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Genre: Blues-Rock, Hard Rock
Original Release Date: 1999
Label: Frontiers Records

By Zane Ewton

Previously released in 1999 Heaven & Earth is getting a second chance with an expanded re-release. Stuart Smith is the driving force and has staked a claim as a premier rock guitarist.

At the recent All Access L.A. Music Awards show Smith won “Best Guitarist” and Heaven & Earth won “Best Overall Album”.

Smith is a classically trained guitarist, also receiving instruction from the legendary Deep Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore. Smith’s guitar style is all over this album, flowing between blues, classical and hard rock.

There is so much guitar on this album that you will form calluses on your fingertips while you listen. But the guitar is never overbearing or overplayed. Besides an obvious technical proficiency, Smith is a good songwriter and chooses to work with other good songwriters. The songs are what make this a strong album and much more than just guitar gymnastics.....

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