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California Guitar Trio

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Studio Album, released in 1995

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Train To Lamy Suite (Parts 1-3) (4:23)
2. Punta Patri (4:19)
3. Toccata And Fugue In D Minor (7:51)
4. Fratres (6:28)
5. Train To Lamy Part 4 (0:27)
6. Apache (3:00)
7. Train To Lamy Part 5 (2:04)
8. Above The Clouds (5:30)
9. Prelude Circulation (2:44)
10. The Good The Bad And The Ugly (2:36)
11. Train To Lamy Part 3 (Reprise) (1:24)

Total Time: 40:46

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Line-up / Musicians

- Bert Lams / guitars
- Hideyo Moriya / guitars
- Paul Richards / guitars

Additional musicians:

- Trey Gunn / grand Stick
- Fernando Kabusacki / guitar
- Hernan Nunez / guitar
- Martin Schwutke / guitar
- Steve Ball / guitar

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3.93
(14 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
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Review by Gooner
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5 stars I can't think of a more entertaining guitar album than CGT's "Invitation". If you saw them open for King Crimson on the "Vrooom/Thrak" Tour in '95/'96, then the _live feel_ certainly transcends on this "studio" recording. You can even hear one the guitarists drop a guitar pick on "Train To Lamy Suite"(UNEDITED!). ;-)

"Above The Clouds" is sublime guitar menace with a contribution by Trey Gunn(of King Crimson) on Chapman Stick providing many colours. "Apache" is another highlight, and "The Good, The Bad & The Ugly" has been turned into _high art_ here(for lack of a better term). You won't find a better version for three guitars on Bach's "Toccata And Fugue In D Minor".

In conclusion, I generally can't sit through an entire guitar album without falling asleep(with the exception of Sonny Sharrock's "Guitar"...errr, for obvious reasons!). :-) For that reason alone, CGT's "Invitation" gets five stars.

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Posted Friday, November 16, 2007

Review by Rune2000
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3 stars Invitation continues the style that was initially set on the band's debut album Yamanishi Blues but this time with even more enthusiasm and added improvements to the band's general direction.

Even though the first section of the album opening track Train To Lamy Suite (Parts 1-3) features some electric guitar arrangements, the band soon returns to their more familiar setting of contemporary and classic acoustic guitar music. Just like it's predecessor, the music on Invitation is very soothing and some listeners might surely question the collective's progressive rock merits. There is a definite spirit of prog in this music but you'll have to look beyond the initial sounds of soft acoustic music in order to uncover it. Observe how these compositions unfold themselves, like the very subtle intro section of Fratres which brings a totally new aura to the minimalistic style of Arvo Pärt's original work. Or how about the unique new take on the main theme from The Good The Bad And The Ugly by Ennio Morricone?

It's clear that California Guitar Trio have found a way to keep my interest with their music for longer time spans than what they achieved on their debut album, but just like with any collection of unrelated compositions this release is still far from perfect. Some compositions work nicely in their new arrangements while others, like the well known instrumental Apache, written by Jerry Lordan, just sounds very generic to my ears and I hesitate to see anything special in this performance. I'm also not that fond of the short Train To Lamy interludes since they don't really add anything worth a while to my overall experience of this album.

There's really no denying that when this album works, it works almost on every level. Unfortunately I still find this album laking in some of the most basic fields like the ability to unite the different compositions, that are offered on this album, into a complete experience that would make me feel like I've just experienced something extraordinary Invitation is a good record but I'll leave it at that.

***** star songs: Fratres (6:28)

**** star songs: Train To Lamy Suite (Parts 1-3) (4:23) Punta Patri (4:19) Toccata And Fugue In D Minor (7:51) Above The Clouds (5:30) Prelude Circulation (2:44) The Good The Bad And The Ugly (2:36)

*** star songs: Train To Lamy Part 4 (0:27) Apache (3:00) Train To Lamy Part 5 (2:04) Train To Lamy Part 3 (Reprise) (1:24)

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4 stars What do you get when you put together a specialist of classical music, a technical guitarist and an amateur of "surf" music? The answer is: this nice instrumental album. A good mix of classical and modern music played exclusively from a guitar ensemble. I would say the only weak part of this al ... (read more)

Report this review (#71895) | Posted by zaxx | Tuesday, March 14, 2006 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is not an essential for a prog rock collection, since it's not prog rock, not even rock at all... The California Guitar Trio are three pupils of Fripp's Guitar Craft. They made a mixture of classical, folk and pop songs with beautiful arrangements for guitar (and some additional string ... (read more)

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