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Kenny Mitchell - Songs From Another Time CD (album) cover


Kenny Mitchell


Crossover Prog

4.00 | 7 ratings

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4 stars This album is essentially a guitar based rock album and slightly different from Kenny Mitchells other offerings on the albums "Resurrection" and "Voyager". This one consists of 10 shortish guitar based instrumentals and 1 very orchestral sounding track which has a distinctly epic nature about it. In places it has the distinct feel of what you would have heard on an early Joe Satriani album like "The Extremist"

As with Mitchells other albums, all the instruments are self played, and the album has also been engineered and produced by the man himself. The tracks are played in a variety of styles, and consist of tunes which Mitchell tells us are collected from various points in his guitar playing life, some dating back to the 1970s ( the earliest one going back to around 1974 I believe) this provides an interesting snapshot of how a musicians life and musical progress and direction can change with the passing of years.

There are 2 tribute tracks on the album which Mitchell has dedicated to 2 of his favourite guitarists - namely Al di Meola in the form of "Big Als Song" (love the title) and Stevie Ray Vaughan with the track "SRV" - which is incidentally my own personal favourite on this album. Both these tracks do seem to capture the essence of the players they are dedicated to and for that I take my hat off to this man.

I can also hear quite a strong Steve Howe influence on the acoustic based ditty "Jazzy Rag" which is reminiscent of that most famous of Steve Howe acoustic solo tracks "The Clap" although this particular offering is played with several instruments rather than just a solo acoustic guitar.

Other tracks show up other influences : as mentioned before, I can hear some Satriani on "Ice", and some early Wishbone Ash on "One New Years Eve". On "DADGAD" there's a bit of Al di Meola again too.

The haunting orchestral track "The Snow Leopard Pt 7" is apparently an excerpt from an album Mitchell recorded back in his early days but in the promo pack he provides no further information than that.

All in all this is a highly diverse and interesting guitar album, sometimes quite intense and always outstandingly musical in terms of composition and melody.

This kind of stuff is right up my musical street and I would love to see it being performed live. If this man ever does a concert tour I will most definitely buy a ticket..!

Silverleaf | 4/5 |


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