PERLOWIN, MIKE: Spanish Steel
Follow up to Firebird, and 7 years in the making, this remarkable record applies Perlowin's multitracking, varispeeding, painstaking and minutely musical methods to Manuel de Falla's El Amor Brujo, Albeniz' Asturias, Rodrigo's Concierto Andaluz (for 4 guitars) Oyanguren's Fantasia Inca and Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol. This is not just a tour de force but a great record of some substantial compositions. To recast everything for pedal and lap steel (and electric and acoustic) guitars - and, now and then, mandolins, mandocello, sitar, bass, autoharp, banjo, autoharp and discreet but essential percussion) is prodigious in itself, to wind up with transparent, rich, engulfing music is the mark of a justified obsession. Another great CD - and, Mike says, tragically, his last.