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Geddy Lee


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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars Geddy Lee's only solo record to date features Ben Mink on guitar and orchestration and Matt Cameron (SOUNDGARDEN and PEARL JAM) on drums.There are some guest musicians as well.

Things get started with the title track "My Favourite Headache" one of my favourites on the album. Geddy really shows off his bass playing skills on this one. Check out his playing during the intro ! This is the only song where his playing really stands out. Great song ! "The Present Tense" surprised me a little bit at how much it reminded me of the "Vapor Trails" album sound. Another good one is "Runaway Train" it's a little heavier then the rest with some good guitar. "The Angels' Share" is also quite good, a mellow tune with some orchestration.

"Home On The Strange" is a humorous song. I received a promo copy of this song through my daughter who knows a DJ at our local radio station. He offered my daughter a whole pile of promo cds that they were going to throw out, she took this one knowing my love for RUSH. It has the song "Home On The Strange" on it as well as a 42 second clip of Geddy's thoughts on this song. Geddy says that this was the last song they did and he and Jeremy Taggart performed this song live and they recorded it while adding the guitar and vocals later. Geddy says it was fun and spontaneous. He also mentions that Jeremy is a great Canadian drummer. I should note that Jeremy grew up about a half hour north from where I work. He is the drummer for OUR LADY PEACE and you have to check out their debut record "Naveed", it's amazing ! To continue being off topic, some are surprised at Matt Cameron being the choice of Geddy for the drummer. Keep in mind though that the guys from RUSH and PEARL JAM are great friends. I remember Geddy saying they were at the PEARL JAM concert in Toronto a few years ago and had a case of champagne sent to their friendsdressing room for after the show. "Slipping" is such a good song. Inspiring lyrics and I like the heavy soundscape with a vocal melody along with it. The rhythm section is great on "Grace To Grace".

Overall this is a pretty good record, but non-essential.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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