Les Fradkin - "Artist Kit Sampler"
MUSIC FARMER 5 - Review by Wolf Georgia
A Timeless Musical Odyssey
In the ever-evolving world of music, few artists manage to capture the essence of timeless classics while infusing them with a fresh, modern twist. Enter Les Fradkin, a virtuoso whose latest album, "Artist Kit Sampler," is nothing short of a musical masterpiece.
The album's standout track, "Under the Covers," is a brilliant showcase of Fradkin's genius. It's a modern homage to classic rock, echoing the grandeur of Phil Spector's wall of sound. The vocals are drenched in passion, the guitars roar with intensity, and the harmonies are a brilliant slap of nostalgia and innovation combined. This track isn't just a song; it's a cinematic journey, transporting listeners to a world where music reigns supreme.
But the brilliance doesn't stop there. "Jangleholic" is a delightful surprise, opening with a mesmerizing guitar arpeggiation that seamlessly transitions into an 80s punk vibe. Imagine David Bowie and Cheap Trick having a jam session, and you're halfway there.
"Everything Is Wrong" is another gem, starting with a hauntingly beautiful vocal acapella. The hook, "Everything is wrong, nothing’s really right," resonates deeply, especially when paired with its Prince-inspired musical backdrop. It's reminiscent of Prince's iconic "Kiss," but with a touch of Phil Collins' intricate musicality. The result? A track that's both complex and uplifting.
Les Fradkin's illustrious career speaks volumes about his talent. From his early days as a lead guitarist and original member of the hit Broadway show "Beatlemania" to his pioneering work in guitar synthesizers and tapeless recording, Les Fradkin has consistently pushed the boundaries of music. His classical training, combined with his rock roots, has given him a unique sound that's both familiar and novel.
The vocals are drenched in passion, the guitars roar with intensity, and the harmonies are a brilliant slap of nostalgia and innovation combined.
His contributions to the music industry are vast. From chart-topping hits in the 70s and 80s to his groundbreaking work in MIDI Guitar, Les Fradkin has left an indelible mark. His stint in "Beatlemania" catapulted him to stardom, making him a household name among guitar enthusiasts. His collaborations with legends like Nokie Edwards of The Ventures and his features in films and books further solidify his legendary status.
In "Artist Kit Sampler," Les Fradkin showcases his unparalleled ability to blend genres, drawing from surf rock, classic rock, baroque, and progressive music. It's a testament to his versatility and his unwavering commitment to musical excellence.
"Artist Kit Sampler" is more than just an album; it's a musical experience. It's a journey through time, celebrating the classics while embracing the new. Les Fradkin has once again proven why he's a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. This album is a must-listen for anyone who appreciates the art of timeless music.
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