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Voyager: The Essential Kyoji Yamamoto

by Kyoji Yamamoto

An impressive compilation of virtuoso solo electric guitar instrumentals from the legendary Japanese guitarist.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Voyager
2:33 $0.99
2. Rapid Fire
4:46 $0.99
3. The Story of a Little White Whale
5:33 $0.99
4. The Northern Lights
1:15 $0.99
5. Warp Zone
3:50 $0.99
6. Walrus
4:59 $0.99
7. River of Time
5:02 $0.99
8. Primitive Sea
1:29 $0.99
9. Spanish Pirates
3:25 $0.99
10. Space Anaconda
2:19 $0.99
11. Traveler
6:08 $0.99
12. Time (I Have Seen Everything and I Want to Tell You Something)
6:49 $0.99
13. Ave Maria
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
You’re the drummer for one of the most well-known bands on the planet. It’s November, 2003, and you’ve just begun a year-long world tour by finishing up 2 sold-out dates in Tokyo in front of 26,000 rabid fans. What do you do now? Do you reach for your pharmaceutical of choice? Do you take advantage of the local lovelies backstage? Or do you just get back on the bus and fire up the game console?

If you’re Lars Ulrich of Metallica, you grab your new bass player, Rob Trujillo, and go out into the night in search of the Holy Grail of guitar gods. You ask the taxi driver to take you to the Roppongi district, home to nightclubs, seedy love hotels and the occasional Yakuza. There, in a small nondescript club, you jam the night away with one of the finest guitarists the world has never heard of.

For 3 decades, Kyoji Yamamoto has enjoyed a stellar career in his native Japan, first as the leader of the seminal Japanese bands BowWow and Vow Wow, then as a producer and a solo artist. Despite a brief flirtation with international stardom in the 1980s, when Vow Wow relocated to the United Kingdom to ride the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, he has existed in relative obscurity in the West.

Until now.

On July 13, 2010, City Boy Records released Voyager: The Essential Kyoji Yamamoto, a compilation that, for the first time ever outside of Japan, brings together 13 of the finest guitar instrumentals from Kyoji’s 3 solo albums: Mind Arc (1998), Requiem (1999) and Time (2005). With extensive liner notes, never-before-seen photographs and 2 exclusive unreleased downloads, this CD release is the perfect introduction to a musician whose time has finally come.

From the arena-rock sound of "Voyager" to the hauntingly beautiful version of "Ave Maria”; from the Hendrix-inspired "Walrus" to the flamenco rave-up of "Spanish Pirates"; and from the aching blues of "River of Time" to the anthemic "Time (I Have Seen Everything and I Want to Tell You Something),” this CD will take you on a long and unforgettable voyage from Japan to your soul. All you have to do is let Kyoji Yamamoto be your guide.



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