"If you are a fan of this genre of music (i.e., heavy neo-classical), this is a "must have" for your collection. The major strength of this recording over those of others in the same class, in my opinion, is the quality and arrangement of the songs. For this reason, this is my favorite Shrapnel instrumental release. Make no mistake - Joey is an incredible guitarist - in fact, he can pick blinding staccato runs and smooth, liquid legato (Holdswothesque!) lines with apparently equal ease. Another strength of this CD is some equally incredible bass work - easily some of the best I've heard in a rock/metal context. I was surprised to find out it wasn't Sheehan playing bass - yes, that's how good Wally Voss is on this CD! Actually, all of the musicianship is top-drawer."
More shred than a cheese grater factory
Paul Lawrence | Australia | 08/02/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a general hard rock/metal nut I own a clutch of instrumental shred albums and many of them grace my stereo about once every.... well hardly ever actually. The problem with this genre is it's almost total lack of connectivity due to no vocals and diminished personality compared to regular rock outings. This stuff rarely offers any insight into it's creators mind, more often just functioning as a catalogue of skills.
Regardless this release is worthy of any shred fans dollar. Three of it's features are crisp, clean production that's not dated too badly (as per 2006), wonderful musicianship - which should never date - and also a truly terrible 80's hairdo that's dated very badly. (Lighten up guys it's just a joke).
Given the nature of this style of music I'll try to convey my feelings regarding this release via comparisons with other releases of it's ilk;
This is better than - Akira Takasaki Tusk of Jaguar - Tamas Szekeres Guitarmania 2 - Jason Becker Perpetual Burn - Steve Vai Illusive Light + Sound
Roughly equivalent to - Marty Friedman Dragons Kiss - Tamas Szekeres Guitarmania - Yngwie Malmsteen Rising Force - Alex Masi Vertical Invader
Not as good as - Joe Satriani Surfing with the Alien - Akira Takasaki Wa
The above is based not just on musicianship but overall feel. Just my gut reaction. Tafollas' fluid and flexible style probably should of garnered him more fans first time around - finding his albums on Amazon gives me hope that his skills are still being appreciated. For myself though, even with the talents of the rest of the players including Paul Gilber and keyboards by Tony McAlpine I can't condone more than three stars here. But please note that's from a general rock/metal guy and not a devoted fan of instrumental metal. Such types may rate it higher due to a greater overall affinity for the genre."
Great Listening for the avid guitar fan
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a fan of Yngwie, MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, or even the more mainstream guitarists such as Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, or Eric Johnson, then this will be a welcome addition to your collection. Joey has Tony MacAlpine on keyboards to lend him a hand, and Wally Voss pounding on the bass in the back. But the spotlight is definitely on Joey. His sound is nothing new if you are famaliar with the more prominent guitar virtuosos, but he still has lots of talent and there is a definite heavy metal sound to him. Neo-Classical shining with a bit of Thrash thrown in for good effect."
SHRED TO END ALL SHRED
dphilips2002 | ROYAL OAK, MI United States | 07/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE SONGS ON THIS ARE SOME OF THE BEST INSTRUMENTAL GUITAR STUFF I'VE EVER HEARD. THINK YNGWIE WITH A DASH OF HOLDSWORTH. ITS NICE TO SEE SOMEONE WHO DOESN'T NEED VOCALS OR LYRICS TO GET HIS POINT ACCROSS. EXPLOSIVE LEADS AND GOOD DRUM & BASS WORK. MUCH BETTER THAN HIS OTHER CDS."
One of the very best rock virtuoso albums of the 80's !!!!
late bloomer | 11/26/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ok,let me start with this: this album is GREAT. I have been a guitarist for 18 years and this album influenced me a lot. The album is very thematic,all the tracks are of very high quality,as well as the performance. You get killer melodies and solos from Joey Tafolla. I love all the tracks but my favourites is 'Samurai', as well as 'Eternity's End'. The album closes with 'Nine Tomorrows', which is a very introspective track,slower and closes the album perfectly. I have read some very negative reviews by a music critic called Andy Hinds (his 'review'). I think this guy's got the wrong message. This album is NOT a clone of anything,it came out in 1986 and it can be hardly called a clone!! Ok, 'Rising Force' by Malmsteen was the first in his genre,so? He charted the territory as the first one,but this does not means that he should be the only one. A clone is someone who COPIES,but on 'out Of The Sun' the music is 200 per cent original. This is an album by veteran rock virtuosos. I don't like music critics...they are very unforgiving in giving an honest account of people's efforts. 'Out Of The Sun' is one of the very best in his genre. Buy it."