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On the Brink

by Chris Delis

Alternative, instrumental rock, blues, country & fusion
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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1. Mojo (Instrumental)
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2. Livin' on the Brink
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3. Sunday Dreds (Instrumental)
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4. One Girl One Guitar
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5. Sprocket (Instrumental)
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6. Keep on Movin'
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7. Lonely Feeling
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8. Smokey (Instrumental)
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9. Falling to Pieces
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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“On The Brink” is the first album by singer/guitarist Chris Delis. It features Chris’ vocals, strong songwriting skills and his virtuoso guitar playing. A transplanted Midwesterner to the east coast. Chris has always assimilated different musical styles and influences along the way. This translates into an eclectic style that is his own. From Jimi Hendrix to Jerry Reed to Albert King to Jeff Beck with some Wes Montgomery along with pop influences like the Eagles to Peter Gabriel, Seal, The Beatles and others Chris’ strong sense of melody and lyrical guitar playing translate into a unique listening experience. Often compared vocally to Don Henley he is right at home with an alternative edged song as well as a country pop tune.

Living in the NYC area for a number of years Chris has been busy as a session guitarist as well as a live performer. Most notably Chris has also played for the Broadway musical productions of “RENT,” the Who’s “Tommy,” Elton John’s “Aida,” and most recently the Elvis musical “All Shook Up,” and many others.

“On The Brink” was produced by Chris and Gary Georgett.

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Dean Coupland

Top Notch
Chris Delis is my favorite guitar player. His technical ability is unmatched on this planet, plus he was there with me when I first laid eyes upon my late dog, Chili. He tends to be a little paranoid in the woods when it comes to deer ticks but he more than makes up for that with his great sense of humor and effortless guitar style. If I was pressured with the threat of being water-boarded to lodge one complaint about Chris it would have to be the lack of Ozzy covers in his body of work. That minor flaw not withstanding, I whole-heartedly recommend "On The Brink" to anyone who appreciates fine guitar work.
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Dan Conrad

The brunt of " The Brink".
Chris Delis is a gifted guitarist, vocalist, songwriter & his debut disc " On The Brink" proves
this.  On this release Delis deftly handles all guitars, does all the singing & most of the bass chores.  So well done is his guitar playing that he flys seamlessly through scales, modes & styles.
His style comes across as more heartfelt & honest then those who seem to say "checkout how fast I am." You can hear some definite influences but Delis refuses to wear them on his sleeve.
Vocally, to these ears, Delis sounds like a cross between Don Felder & Don Henly only without the sanctimonious self importance. This is not a bad thing as Delis sounds wonderful and at his best when harmonizing with himself. 

" Mojo", the upbeat opening instrumental, quickly sets the tone as Delis breezes through with Gibbons type squawking & harmonic chicken picking. He then moves to some soaring notes both clean & nimble.

" Livin' On The Brink" an Eagles type of rocking ballad is where I get the Henly/Felder comparison from.

Next up is the reggae feeling of "Sunday Dreds" where Delis really let's that guitar shimmer & shine with an almost nuclear tone. Now that's 3 tunes & 3 different blows so far, and Delis is not content with just that. Next we are treated with the rollicking, funky, bluesy roadhouse blister "One Girl , One Guitar" which features a jaw dropping wah solo. Have I mentioned his tone?

"Sprocket" , another instrumental breaks into it's blues/funk shred that would not be out of place on any of Jeff Beck's recent outings. I"m also reminded of Steve Morse. 

"Keep On Movin' " & "That Lonely Feeling" are a couple of almost poppy aor tunes. The former I can actually hear ASIA doing, but that's just me.

"Smokey", another uptempo instrumental scorcher has some nice "Morse-ish" moments with Delis inserting some nice shifting ideas.

For the finale,  Delis pulls off something of a mark on "Fallin" To Pieces".  Did you ever hear a song that you know you've never heard before but it sounds so damn familiar; you'd swear you have? "Who is this? 38 Special? I know this tune". No, it's Chris freakin' Delis!" That's a mark of a great tune & a great writer. This disc is by no means a vanity pressing, it is in fact a calling card.  Do yourself a favor, go out on a limb and pick-up "ON THE BRINK". You'll be glad you did. Tip: keep a fire extinguisher near by. To hear, see, learn more about Chris Delis, visit 
www.chrisdelis.com .
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Brian

Smokin' guitar playing, good songs and production. A great find.
If you are a guitar fan then pick up this new CD by Chris Delis. The album is strong from top to bottom. My personal favorites are Sunday Dreds, One Girl-One Guitar (love the gritty, bluesy vocal on this tune), Loney Feeling (catchy pop-rocker with a strong hook chorus)and Smokey.

Do yourself a favor a pick up a copy of this album.
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