|ULI JON ROTH
Transcendental Sky Guitar
Vol. 1 & 2
Famous for his Hendrix-like spaced out fender stokes and his roots with German titanic rock band Scorpions, Uli Jon Roth is once again recording and playing before a live audience. Last fall Roth replaced Glenn Hughes as the opener for the legendary UFO. Reviews from the UK were through roof with praise for the drifting, transcendental free-flowing spirit.
With the fire spreading, SPV is releasing Transcendental Sky Guitar, Roths sixth album in thirty years. A shining example of Roths ability to seamlessly blend rock and classical music. Its no wonder he is known as an inspiration to guitar greats like Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, and countless others.
Transcendental Sky Guitar marks Roths return from a 15-year absence and is a mixture of Roths own works, and classical compositions as well as classic, innovative rock songs transformed into epic creations. It is a 2-disc set of largely instrumentals. The first Roth calls The Phoenix and consists of structured classical rock concert pieces, while the second, The Dragon, is encores and improvisations of freely structured, bluesy music. In all, there are 25 songs, or voyages for the Sky Guitar as Roth refers to them.
This album is for people who are ready to go on a journey without preconceptions and ideological baggage, says Roth. It is for people who can feel and think freely without clinging to dogma. I want to demonstrate that classical music still offers new possibilities