Neil Alexander: Alone At Last (CD;68:08) Neil Alexander's CD Alone At Last is very much a mood piece. In fact, Neil states on the liner notes that "This album is dedicated to all the loners of the world - may we find strength in solitude and peace in our journey". To me, this CD captured the feeling of being alone but not lonely - some of my favorite time. Neil is the keyboardist in the Pink Floyd tribute band "The Machine", and while this has a Floydish vibe going on at times (especially in the opener "Machine!"), it is only as one influence of many. Neil Alexander handles the piano and keyboards, and the lion's share of the guitar duties, as well. In fact, Neil handled all of the instruments on quite a few songs. Helping out are Ryan Ball and Dan Johanson on guitars, Lou Magliente, Marc Slutsky, Greg Burrows and Frank O' The Mountain on drums, Dave Lewitt on Kat drums, and Armen Haliburian on percussion. Neil Alexander wrote all of the songs except for "Time Remembered" by Bill Evans, and "Two Vamps As Guests" by Steve Hackett. This CD was released in 1996; wish I had known about this excellent disc back then. Highly recommended. ~ Mark Rabuffo The songs: 1. (In The Way Of The) Machine! 2. Reality Check 3. Ripples 4. Time Remembered 5. Moon Over Miami 6. Wheel Of Stars 7. Memoirs (Long Forgotten) Part 1 8. Prologue 9. Dave T.'s Lament 10. Transition #1 11. Memoirs (Long Forgotten) Part 2 12. Transition #2 13. Subterraneans 14. Two Vamps As Guests Mark's Picks: (In The Way Of The) Machine! - The lost Pink Floyd song updated for the 90's. Time Remembered - a Bill Evans tune. 'Nuff said! Tasty playing throughout - especially by Lincoln Schliefer on his "brand spankin' new 5-string Fodera fretless bass". Wheel Of Stars - a keyboard tour de force! Dave T.’s Lament – Dan Johanson shines on this one!
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