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Bloom [Digipak] [Eric Johnson (Guitar 1)]

  • 1. Bloom (Prelude)
    2. Summer Jam (Prelude)
    3. My Back Pages (Prelude)
    4. Good to Me (Prelude)
    5. Columbia (Prelude)
    6. 12 to 12 Vibe (Prelude)
    7. Sea Secret (Courante)
    8. Sad Legacy (Courante)
    9. From My Heart (Courante)
    10. Cruise the Nile (Courante)
    11. Tribute to Jerry Reed (Courante)
    12. Your Sweet Eyes (Courante)
    13. Hesitant (Allemande)
    14. Sunnaround You (Allemande)
    15. Magnetized (Allemande)
    16. Ciel (Allemande)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2510

  • Credits
    ProducerEric Johnson; Richard Mullen; Eric Johnson
    EngineerBill Maddox; Richard Mullen; Tal Bergman

    Personnel: Eric Johnson (vocals, guitar, lap steel guitar, classical guitar, electric sitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, percussion, background vocals); Eric Johnson (sitar, bass instrument); Steve Barber (vocals, piano); Steve Barber (vocals, Moog synthesizer); Shawn Colvin (vocals, background vocals); Jody Lazo (vocals); Adrian Legg (guitar); Salvatore Banzai La Rocca (harp); Richard "Hacksaw" Harney, Rich Harney (piano); Tony Phillips (synthesizer, bass instrument, drums); Chris Maresh (bass instrument, acoustic bass, double bass); Roscoe Beck (bass instrument); Tommy Taylor, Bill Maddox (drums, percussion); Bill Maddox, Tal Bergman (drums); Brad Evilsizer (percussion); Richard Mullen (drum programming); Jody Lazo, Lisa Tingle (background vocals); Barry "Frosty" Smith , Tom Brechtlein (drums); Tom Burritt, James Fenner (percussion).
    Audio Mixers: Gary Paczosa; Patrick Dillett; Richard Mullen .
    Recording information: No Favors; One Good Ear; Saucer Sound; Studio B; Surfland.
    Photographer: Max Crace.
    It's no secret that the time gap between albums by guitarist Eric Johnson is on par with such notorious 'hibernators' as Boston. And the arrival of his fourth all-new studio release, Bloom, was no different, as it appeared nearly nine years after the release of 1996's Venus Isle. Whereas most guitar heroes of the late '80s and early '90s were all about reeling off a zillion notes per second, Johnson was the exception, as he penned songs that saw his guitar supplying the melody where a voice could have been. This 16-track release (his second for Steve Vai's Favored Nations label) is split into three separate sections -- 'Prelude,' 'Courante,' and 'Allemande' -- which are supposedly "grouped together in terms of vibe and style." Highlights include "Summer Jam" (which does a splendid job of showcasing his guitar tone), the chicken'-pickin' ditty "Tribute to Jerry Reed," and the almost Steely Dan-esque "Magnetized." If you like your sounds raw and gritty and music off-the-cuff, Bloom isn't the place for you. But for die-hard fans, Johnson delivers once more, as all his trademarks are well represented -- chops, tone, and extremely fluid playing. ~ Greg Prato

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