Eric Johnson - EJ

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EJ is the ninth studio album by American guitarist Eric Johnson, released in October 2016 via Provogue Records.

Best known for his electric guitar skills, Johnson is also a highly proficient acoustic, lap steel, resonator, and bass guitarist, as well as an accomplished pianist and vocalist. He plays in many genres, including rock, blues, jazz fusion, soul, folk, new-age, classical, and country.

Guitar Player magazine has called him "one of the most respected guitarists on the planet"

Music, like all the arts in general, is able to express its very best when an artist trusts his instinct and let the immediacy flow in his works in total free form.

Eric Johnson isn’t known as a musician who composes music and record his songs after one or two takes in studio but rather as an artist that likes to control minutely every single aspect of the making of an album, before he decides to release it.

The fact that Johnson, after thirty years since the release of his masterpiece album Tones has finally decided to record and release his very first acoustic album is already an event in itself. Moreover, the fact that its been recorded almost entirely live in the studio, without recording separately the vocals from the music is something truly exceptional, for a perfectionist like the Texan artist.

EJ reveals an intimate side of the guitar maestro in this stripped-to-the-bone album. Johnson gives free rein to all his phenomenal artistic background, through a series of sonic captions that express and confirm, once again, Johnson's great compositional talent.

The fact that Johnson is such a great guitar player has never been a mystery for anyone. His guitar seems to speak the language of his soul when he plays it on the few instrumental pieces included in the album. The tone of Johnson's guitar is classy and composed at the same time, without indulging himself in long and articulated guitar scales. There is the distinctive feeling that Johnson is very relaxed and enjoys himself throughout the whole record, either when paying homage to artists with whom he grew up musically, like Simon & Garfunkel, through a beautiful version of the classic “Mrs. Robinson” or when chiselling authentic original masterpieces like “Once Upon A Time In Texas” or the beautifully executed Spanish-infused “Serinidad”.

EJ is a record that keeps on gifting relentlessly through original songs performed sometimes with just piano and voice, such as the magnificent “Water Under The Bridge” or through more sophisticated arrangements a bit more rootsy and perhaps closer to the concept of World Music, in another splendid track like “One Rainy Wish”.

Johnson continues to distil musical pearls one after the other on EJ, like the most perfect music machine. His reinterpretation of another Simon & Garfunkel's classic, “Scarborough Fair” is breathtaking and Johnson manages brilliantly to model the song in an arrangement that fits perfectly to his vocal style.

A music feast like the one Johnson has prepared on EJ couldn't finish without a tasty musical dessert. To seal a truly wonderful record like this, Johnson chooses another instrumental tune, “Song For Irene”, a composition played with such grace and delicacy by Johnson's magic fingers to leave any music lover totally breathless.

The reason why Johnson waited all these years to record an acoustic album of such beauty remains a mystery. EJ is a record that shows in full the Texan artist's unconditional love for music all around and reveals unknown artistic aspects of one of the most soulful, skilled and inspired musicians of the past half century of music. A record that marks the return of Johnson at very great artistic heights.

Check out the tracks: “Mrs. Robinson”; “Water Under The Bridge” and “Serinidad”. 

This LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with digital download code is pressed in Europe on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.

(819873013976)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Mrs. Robinson

2:43

A2

Water Under The Bridge

2:34

A3

Wonder

3:11

A4

Wrapped In A Cloud

6:07

A5

Once Upon A Time In Texas

3:43

A6

One Rainy Wish

4:26

A7

Serinidad

2:21

B1

Fatherly Downs

4:00

B2

The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

2:42

B3

November

5:37

B4

All Things You Are

4:10

B5

Scarborough Fair

3:53

B6

Song For Irene

2:29

SKU 819873013976
Record Label Provogue Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number PRD 7510 1
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 18 November 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 21 October 2016
Barcode # 819873013976
Shipping Weight 0.3500kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Acoustic
Genre Blues
Format VINYL LP

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