Tony MacAlpine (Edge Of Insanity)

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  1. ShaneGuitar

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    Many fans of this album? I love every song on it. I think it is the best most well rounded shred album ever put out. Most of the ones put out in this era left me cold. Tony didn't over do it. I thought all the solos fit and he has a great sense of melody. It didn't hurt that he had Steve Smith and Billy Sheehan playing with him.
    He didn't sound like Yngwie to me.
     
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    Still have my cassette here!! Great stuff..
     
  3. GtrWiz

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    Definitely one of my fave's along with Vinnie Moore's Time Odyssey and Becker's Perpetual Burn
     
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    I've got it on vinyl, it's one of my favs.
     
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    This album and Maximum Security are excellent.

    I love the song "Birds of Prey" with Sheehan. I think it was only released on a GP Mag soundpage. I was lucky to find an mp3.
     
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    Awesome album! I still have my vinyl copy from when it was first released. I'd play the "Quarter To Midnight" solo for my friends and watch their jaws drop. Then I'd play the Chopin piano piece, and watch their jaws drop further.
     
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    fusionbear exquirentibus veritatem Gold Supporting Member

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    Is that the one with the song "Nostradamus" ?
    If it is, it is my favorite of all his work.
     
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    Maximum Security is my favorite TM album, but EOI is close behind- wish it had better production though, those early Shrapnel releases weren't exactly known for great sound quality.
     
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    I haven't even heard it but know his work in "Cab 4" and he is as good as it gets at his best. Way under-rated as a guitarist and as a musician.
     
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    The entire album doesn't hold up for me, but a few songs on it (particularly Empire in the Sky) are faves of mine. I believe the first thing I heard by MacAlpine was his blazing keyboard solo in Vinne Moores "Daydream". He's one talented dude!

    -Austin
     
  11. imaguy2

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    My favorite record by MacAlpine. The Stranger is such a badass song!!
     
  12. Bankston

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    Awesome album by an awesome player. Tony is such a talented cat and
    his compositions were SO good in addition to the amazing chops.

    And as an unaccompanied solo, "Quarter to Midnight" just blows me away.

    Everytime I see him playing keys for Vai, I sit there thinking to myself, why is the best guitarist on the stage stuck behind a keyboard?

    Tony is my favorite shredder by a long shot.
     
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    He actually enjoys playing the piano and keyboard more than the guitar.
     
  14. Yngtchie Blacksteen

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    No, that was Project: Driver, with the "super group" M.A.R.S.

    I didn't like the songs and vocals, but Tony's playing was superb. He was at his best back then.

    As for Edge of Insanity, I think it's a good album. The songs are sorta weak compared to Maximum Security, but the playing is stellar. A few of the songs are great, like "The Raven" and "Empire in the Sky". Shame about the production, though.
     
  15. maccampbells

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    Haven't heard that name in a long time. I used to love him.
     
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    But you had to kill him.

    Has anyone heard MacAlpine's 1984 demo? Perfect listening for those who assume that he was in any was influenced by Malmsteen. (He wasn't...)
     
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    I loved those early TM records. Billy Sheehan and Steve Smith was a nice line up too. Another good line up was on what I believe was Richie Kotzen's first record, with Steve Smith and Stu Hamm.
     
  18. Jimmy James

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    Tony MacAlpine is an amazing dude. I interviewed him a few months ago for Vintage Guitar Magazine. I wish he'd get back with Planet X. Live in Oz is breath taking.

    Edge of Insanity is the best of the best in that genre.
     
  19. TNJ

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    How does he compare to Greg Howe?

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    Great album. I recently had my vinyl copy transferred to digital so I could listen to it on my mp3 player. Tony was an early favorite of mine. I always thought that his sense of composition and melody was a few notches ahead of his contemporaries in that genre. I liked Yngwie's earlier material too. They sound nothing alike to me. Tony's work struck me as being more in the fusion or progressive rock vein.
     

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