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PAUL GILBERT STONE PUSHING MAN UPHILL REVIEW 2014

 

PAUL GILBERT - STONE PUSHING MAN UPHILL

MASCOT LABEL GROUP

AUGUST 11 2014

 

 

Everyone of course knows Paul Gilbert, shred-master for Racer X and Guitarist for Mr Big, but as that reformed latter band prepares to unleash their second reformation album ‘The Stories We Could Tell’ there’s time for Mr Gilbert to put out what us now his 13th studio album and like a lot of them its instrumental, this time taking on some classic songs…

 

Starting off with a pair of Rock classics in Loverboy’s ‘Working For the Weekend’ and Aerosmith’s ‘Back in the Saddle’ before we get more spread genre-wise is a wise move and it’s nice to hear the guitar echoing the missing vocal melody on the former.  ‘Back in the Saddle’ which has always been one of my favourite Aerosmith numbers is set up similarly with the guitar taking the missing vocal line it fares less-well mainly because of the cleanness of the guitar sound! Whilst it works better with Loverboy’s sweet harmonies, Tyler’s rather dirtier vocal could have perhaps benefitted from a dirtier guitar?

 

After the rather satisfying funk of James Brown’s ‘I Got the Feeling’ Elton’s ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ gets a nice laid back treatment that really suits the song which would have been so easy to turn into elevator music.

 

On an album that has a rather eclectic track listing it’s hard to say if there’s something for everyone or if it’s more a case of what interested Paul at the time and whilst you may not like or be familiar with everything here, fans should note there are two originals in ‘Shock Absorber’ and the title track – which incidentally is the only song here with vocals.

 

Not my favourite PG album for sure, but with highlights like The Beatles’ ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road’ and ‘…Yellow Brick Road’ along with the excellent Bluesy title track it’s well worth a listen.    

 

 

by Mark Diggins

 

PAUL GILBERT STONE PUSHING MAN UPHILL REVIEW 2014