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In Search of Higher Ground

by Citron

Debut release from Grammy Winning virtuoso Guitarist & Producer Neil Citron (Remastered Digital versions)
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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Album Notes
“In Search Of Higher Ground”, is the debut solo CD from Grammy winning guitarist, engineer and producer Neil Citron. Originally recorded in 1994, the digital versions of the record have been re-mastered from the original master tapes to further highlight the sonic beauty of this musical masterpiece. The 13 track album also features Keyboardist Erik Norlander, Drummer Walter Garces, Tony Franklin on Fretless Bass, and one track with symphonic rock singer Lana Lane on vocals.

Neil Citron delivers an instrumental magnum opus of guitar virtuosity and acrobatics mixed with his familiar melodic sensibilities, all of which keeps his music with the listener long after the songs have stopped. His fluid yet commanding guitar style weaves through heavy rock arrangements with memorable phrasing and intrepid tonalities.

Joining Neil on “In Search Of Higher Ground” is veteran keyboardist Erik Norlander (Lana Lane, Rocket Scientists), whose growling Hammond organ and lush synthesizer, paint a vast and spacious sonic landscape behind the bold lead work of Citron's guitars.

Citron’s aggressive melodic lines coalesce with the undulating heavy rhythms from drummer Walter Garces (The Electric Prunes, BangTower), drawing in the listener with endless energy. Walter also appears with Neil (and Percy Jones) on the recent releases from the fusion trio BangTower and is known as “the L.A. Drum-Guru” having taught students at all levels for decades.

Accomplished rock bassist Tony Franklin (The Firm, Blue Murder, Kenny Wayne Shepherd), rounds out the ensemble. Franklin’s bass expertise is legendary in the rock world, and this album is no exception with fretless harmonies and grooves unique to the “Fretless Monster”.

Guest appearances by Joachim Cooder and Don Allen on percussion bring additional dimension to this timeless album.

Known for his amazing guitar work with such great artists as BangTower, Quiet Riot, Lana Lane and others, Neil has also engineered and produced records for some of the greatest modern musicians such as John 5, Slash, Joe Satriani, and John Waite. His work with Larry Carlton and Steve Lukather earned him his first Grammy in 2001 for the record "Live in Osaka” (Best Pop Instrumental Record). In addition to his album releases, Citron has worked on several films including “My Big Fat Greek Wedding”, "Mama Mia", "That Thing You Do" with Oscar winning actor/producer/director Tom Hanks and several films from Oscar winning producer Dino De Laurentiis. He has also engineered/produced numerous records and DVD’s from guitarist Steve Vai.

Citron plays guitars by Tom Anderson and Ibanez. He also uses Red Plate Amps, Morley Pedals, DiMarzio Pickups and Dean Markley Strings to get his unique, signature tone that is both aggressive and liquid at the same time. His signature tones and amp setups are featured in several high end recording products from Line 6 and Waves.

Declassified Records is releasing a limited number of physical copies of the original CD pressing, along with the Digital versions recently re-mastered by Neil. With its rich, textural audio colors and impressive lineup of stellar musicians, Neil Citron presents an instrumental rock experience to remember “In Search Of Higher Ground”.



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Brien Comerford

Neil Citron Is A Guitar Wizard
Neil Citron has approximately six or seven albums. He's an impeccably brilliant guitarist. His fretboard virtuosity, tones and riffs will appeal to Steve Vai, Steve Morse, Eric Johnson and Joe Satriani fans.

Jon Pomplin

Review by Robert Silverstein @ MWE3
1974 seems like a thousand years ago. 1994 doesn’t seem that far but in fact, it’s also been a long time indeed. Music is the one thing that seems to stand up well against the ravages of time and another case in point is the 2015 album remaster of In Search Of Higher Ground by L.A. based guitarist Neil Citron. The all instrumental CD, first released on CD in 1994, has been remastered with 3 bonus tracks extending the original 13 track album for this 2015 reissue. Citron’s original album vision ranges from hard rock and guitar-centric heavy metal music to a more introspective type of instrumental rock, some with acoustic reveries. In some regards Citron’s music sounds very influenced by Steve Morse and the original vision of The Dixie Dregs. Like Morse, Citron is very effective at creating sweeping near orchestral, instrumental rock soundscapes that are truly moving. As per the original album, In Search Of Higher Ground features Citron on guitar in the studio with top musicians including keyboard icon Erik Norlander, Walter Carces (drums), and Tony Franklin (bass). One vocal cut does include the renowned singer Lana Lane. Over the years, an an engineer and producer, Citron has worked with a number of top artists including Joe Satriani, Larry Carlton and Steve Vai so it’s good to see him getting some long overdue recognition for his long lost lost album classic. In Search Of Higher Ground is time well spent for instrumental guitar rock mavens who very well might have overlooked this classic from way back in 1994. The original CD is being re-released, but those seeking out the remastered version may very well have to pick up on the digital versions available at the usual sources. From Summer 2015 Label Spotlight