Saturday, December 17, 2011

Ain't That A Kick In The Axe

Merry Axemas: A Guitar Christmas


Review by Robert Taylor

The variety of Holdiay music has improved dramatically over the years and every 'type' of music seems to have jumped on the bandwagon. Not only are there Holiday Rock recordings, but now there are Holiday Guitar Rock recordings. While the music here is a mixed bag, it turns out to be a refreshing change from the contrived offerings that other Rock artists have produced. Kenny Wayne Shepherd kicks things off with a rousing version of "Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer," while Eric Johnson proves to be the most technically proficient of the players assembled here. There are other strong offerings from Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Brian Setzer. However, the performances turned in by Joe Perry, Richie Sambora and Hotei do not measure up. Despite the uneven moments, this is worth picking for anyone who truly needs to rock around the Christmas tree.

1 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Shepherd, Kenny Wayne
2 The First Nowell Eric Johnson
3 Amazing Grace Jeff Beck
4 Jingle Bells Setzer, Brian Orchestra
5 Silent Night/Holy Night Jam Joe Satriani
6 Joy to the World Steve Morse
7 Christmas Time Is Here Steve Vai
8 Blue Christmas Joe Perry
9 The Little Drummer Boy Alex Lifeson
10 Cantique de Noel (O' Holy Night) Richie Sambora
11 Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Hotei