Tradition - release date 1998
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Michael's 3rd solo record titled "Tradition" was originally released in late 1998 as the companion album to his "Jam with Angelo"
instructional video. We feel this is
an exceptional work by Michael. The first track is called "China". The
main riff is in 6/4 time and very
heavy- almost like a Megadeth
riff. Michael then states the main melody and away he goes. His fluid
style sends notes gliding and flying all over the fretboard. His thick,
round sound making the unbelievable
passages seen easy and
effortless. Track 2 is the full version of the song "The Finish Line".
Michael starts with a be-bop jazz phrase and has a guitar choir back him
up. Then the song kicks in and it goes into a boogie type progression.
Immediately after that, the main theme is stated and the song turns into a
neoclassical anthem. We counted more than seven different key changes
and parts in this track alone.
According to Michael the tempo
STARTS at 208 and ends in a speed zone that only he is capable of being
in. Every track on this record is great. The song "Prog" starts with a very neoclassical intro and then turns
into one of the "coolest" grooves and
melodies that Michael has
written with him playing in the Phrygian mode over "tribal" rhythms. "Voices of the Distant Past" is a
progressive rock masterpiece with
shades of John McLaughlin and
some of the most complex mixed meter passages that have been written.
This album is SO worth
it it's SCARY or should we say So
SCARY it's worth it.! Either way
check this one out.
Track listing in order: 1. China 2. The Finish Line 3.
Prog 4. East Side Story 5. Video Jam 6. Prog Revisited 7. Voices of the Distant Past