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Ron Wright

Acoustic Dreams

Review by Gary Hill

This is an entertaining instrumental (with one exception) album featuring strong guitar-based compositions and competent musicianship. At times, Wright`s work calls to mind such people as Steve Howe. To purchase a copy of this disc, contact Wright at rdwmusic@redshift.com. Please tell him that you read about Acoustic Dreams in the Music Street Journal.

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Track by Track Review
7:00 Express:
Train sound effects begin this number, which is a fun and bouncy acoustic guitar cut.
You Need A Dream
A progressive rock tone dominates the arrangement on this composition. The track has a very powerful texture, and is full of many quirky changes.
Evening Tide
Pretty, delicate and expressive, this piece is another strong one.
Rose of Alhambra
This guitar solo features both moments reminiscent of Beatles` ballads and Spanish guitar.
Time Out
Quite pretty and catchy, this is a Howeish sort of guitar solo.
As It Appears
This is another track which has Steve Howe leanings.
Float Away
Float Away is another in a string of pretty guitar solos.
Ozone
This song sets a very nice and slightly moody tone.
Flight of the Bumble Bee
Wright presents a nice acoustic guitar rendition of this classical composition.
Just Around The Corner
Just Around the Corner is another Steve Howeish guitar track.
You Need A Dream (vocal)
This is the same song as the earlier version, but with the addition of vocals by Davey Pattison. The vocals add much to the song, and this is definitely a strong progressive rock number.
 
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