Ray Sapko | The Way Beyond Blue

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The Way Beyond Blue

by Ray Sapko

Instrumental Rock
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sky King
4:50 $0.99
2. In The Heat of Battle
7:31 $0.99
3. Cirrus
6:50 $0.99
4. Reiko's Waltz
5:06 $0.99
5. 85 Miles Gone
4:47 $0.99
6. Gathering of The Gods
6:17 $0.99
7. Beyond Blue
6:20 $0.99
8. The Shorter Path
6:19 $0.99
9. Malcolm's March
8:05 $0.99
10. Malcolm's Departure
2:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ray Sapko born and raised in Chicago, IL USA, was one of the three founding members of the rock group Tantrum. Recording three albums consisting of all original material, 'Tantrum', 'Rather Be Rockin' and 'Breaking Away", the band toured the USA performing with many well known artists including Ray Charles, Kansas, Rick Derringer, Ian Hunter, Mick Ronson, Mitch Ryder, Nicky Hopkins, Nazareth, Jim Peterik and Survivor and Molly Hatchet.

In late 2005 a 2CD compilation set (Rather Be Rocking/Tantrum/Breaking Away) [Escape Records]) was released consisting of all the material contained on the three albums. Says one reviewer, "All in all this entire package features thirty tracks from possibly the most unique and exciting female fronted band in the history of rock music." The song “Applaud the Winner" co-written by Sapko was chosen by Kerrang! Magazine to feature on a compilation called “Konnoisseurs.." The same reviewer comments,"That one song alone is a remarkable introduction to this very talented band." According to The International Encyclopedia of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal: "The three female vocalists sometimes harmonized or took the lead vocals individually - either way it was devastating, and complemented by some great guitarwork from Sapko."

Now for the first time since Tantrum, Ray Sapko has released his first long awaited solo CD, "The Way Beyond Blue", consisting of all original, all instrumental material - a total of ten songs. Sapko states: "This project has been close to my heart for some years now. Although I did my share of the writing for Tantrum, this is a very different concept, one where I was solely responsible for the writing, arranging, producing as well as the performing of the material. So far the response to this CD has been extremely positive from both those who are big fans of instrumental music and those who are not."
Give it a listen and we're sure you'll agree! Oh yeah, check out the mp3 samples on raysapko.com for a taste of some of the great guitar solos for these tracks.



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Very good album from the guitarist of Tantrum. It gets better and better every time you listen to it. Sometimes an instrumental album can sometimes get boring. But not this album.I strongly recomend everyone buy this album. Cause it also show what great and talent guitarisr Ray are.
If you like Tantrum this album is a must


Masterful! You can hear the heart in every note.
This is an amazing CD! Virtuoso playing, masterful composition, and you can hear the heart in every note. It's hard to believe all that music poured out of just one musician. "Gathering of The Gods" is Rock Nirvana and "85 Miles Gone" moved me to tears - then laughter. This is the sort of CD you listen to again and again and keep hearing new things. If you love rock guitar, you want this CD!

Robin Lukas

A " Must Have" for Every Library
An all time favorite, “The Way Beyond Blue” showcases guitarist Ray Sapko's technical prowess and composition aptitude. With soulful performances of diverse musical styles, Sapko is an artist exploring ideas. Though each track is uniquely nuanced, the artist's authenticity remains. “The Way Beyond Blue” is a must have for every library. Buy This CD!


Nothing short of amazing guitar work on this disk!
This disk is simply awe inspiring...a real treasure! The compositions, performance, attention to detail, and quality are to die for! I was slacked jawed upon my first listening...buy this disk and you will not be sorry!

RadioIndy.com staff

Excellent rock guitar virtuoso CD. Pick up a copy today!
After checking out "The Way Beyond Blue" there is one comment that comes to mind - Wow - Ray can play guitar! Ray's hands fly up and down the fretboard on this CD. The songwriting is also solid and the rest of the band is tight. The flying guitar work on "Cirrus" is just one of the tracks that will blow you away. "Reiko's Waltz" provides a melodic dual-lead line, and brings out a more emotional style to Ray's guitar work. "85 Miles Gone" shows Ray's versatility, as he plays this beautiful acoustic song. If you enjoy guitar virtuosos such as Joe Satriani, you'll enjoy this CD. Pick up a copy today!

Neal M.

Super Cool - reminds me of Jeff Beck or Frampton
This guy knows how to play! I especially loved "The Shorter Path" - it reminded me of Wayne Shorter's playing on various Steely Dan discs in the '70's, and the other tracks rock out harder. Ray's come a long way since Tantrum. This is not Tantrum, it is better!