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Mike Terrana's career has went both uphill and downhill. During his colourful career in music, Terrana has played in numerous bands and with many acclaimed artists (Zillion, Hanover Fist, Beau Nasty, Tony MacAlpine, Yngwie Malmsteen, Roland Grapow, Axel Rudi Pell and Rage, to name some). Man of the World is Mike Terrana's second solo album, and it features compositions and performances from Victor Smolski, Cyril Achard, Bob Gatzon, Kevin Chown and Ferdy Doernberg. In addition, Rick Graton contributed to this album by composing the song 'Jungle Alley'.
The compositions on this album range from instrumental rock to fusion. Occasionally the songs are flavoured by oriental melodies. Although the overall quality of the material on this album is quite good, there are some songs that don't appeal to me so much. Man of the World is a mixture of studio and live album — tracks 1-6 represent studio recordings and tracks 7-11 have been recorded live.
Production on this album is a bit varying... Occasionally the drums have been mixed very well, but at times the cymbals could have been mixed better. Mastering has been handled quite well. As is the way with recordings of drum virtuosos, the drums have been brought forward in the mix. Nevertheless, the mix is balanced enough.
All in all, Mike Terrana's second solo album 'Man of the World' is quite good album... It has its moments, but it also contains some "weaker" sections. Therefore, I suggest listening before buying.
Release date: 25.02.2005
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- MAGE (12.02.2005)
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