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by El McMeen

Evocative acoustic guitar solos, from fast-paced original tunes and Celtic jigs, to lovely tunes like Somewhere Over the Rainbow. "Gorgeous tone, command and timing ... a delicious album" (Sing Out.Fall 2002)
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Le Mans
2:58 album only
2. Give Me Jesus
3:45 album only
3. My Girl/stand By Me/it's the Same Old Song
5:32 album only
4. Turf Lodge
2:49 album only
5. Song for Sheila
4:03 album only
6. Breakout
3:41 album only
7. Greensleeves
4:18 album only
8. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
3:29 album only
9. Macdonnell On the Heights/hector the Hero
5:10 album only
10. Star of the County Down
3:56 album only
11. Shenandoah Air
2:47 album only
12. Carolan's No. 179
3:15 album only


Album Notes
Album Description:

Guitarist El McMeen "breaks out" into some new musical directions with this 2002 solo guitar release. In addition to his trademark lyrical treatment of melodic pieces, this disc contains powerful renditions of three original compositions, and some uptempo dance tunes, and even a medley of pop tunes made famous by such groups as the Four Tops and the Temptations.

Editorial Reviews:

Bernard Richter, Minor 7th Webzine, Sept/Oct, 2002
Striking, dynamic and evocative...[Greensleeves is] exquisite...spectacular

Michael Tearson, Sing Out!, Fall, 2002
...gorgeous tone, command and timing...a delicious album.

Gene Zasadinski, strummeronline.com, 7/02
El McMeen breaks out ...in a rash of creativity, exuberance, and virtuosity.


El's music is characterized by lyrical beauty and a sensitivity to melodic phrases enhanced with tasteful arpeggios, cross-picking, and walking bass lines, and his uptempo pieces evidence energy and pulse. His artistry has been praised by numerous publications, including Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine and Guitar Player Magazine. El's music has been hailed by critics as "stirring ... unbridled acoustic beauty" and "drop-dead gorgeous" (Guitar Player Magazine) and as a "treasure" (Dirty Linen Magazine).



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An outstanding collection of arrangements and compositions, Greensleeves being this reviewer's highlight - a lush evocative piece worth the price of this album alone. My only criticism, and why i've given it 4 stars rather than the perfect 5, is the inclusion of the Motown medley, which for me, not a fan of soul music, slightly spoilt the feel of the continuity of the album. It won't stop me buying other CD's by El though!!