CD Reviews

Flying Colors - 'Second Flight: Live At The Z7' Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     February 22, 2016    
0.0 (0)
1334   0   1   0   0   0

This release easily fits into the category of "every home should have one".

Have I been looking forward to this? You bet I have. From the moment I left the Islington Assembly Hall, having witnessed the gig the night after this recording was made (see review in issue #67), I've anticipated this release with a desire that borders on obsession; that's because the show in question was one of the best I've attended...ever!

Such expectations could lead to disappointment if the output doesn't live up to the memory, but I'm delighted that this release more than meets my lofty requirements. It is, in my opinion, one of the best live albums...ever! The sound is incredible, with several new, unique and innovative treatments available across a variety of available formats; the DVD is superbly shot, using twenty-four cameras, and edited, with no irritating effects or rapid cuts between scenes.

Given the presence of the Prog luminaries in this band's line-up, one could assume that this was a wholly Prog affair. However, between them they have successfully and brilliantly melded Prog sensibilities with melodies, hooks and choruses right out of the Melodic Rock playbook. Also, what pleases me so much is the fact that despite the players being virtuoso musicians there are no unnecessary, superfluous and, dare I say, unwelcome solo spots to bore the pants off the listener; it's great songs all the way. Any soloing is kept well in bounds and perfectly in context with the track being played. Steve Morse's guitar solos are absolutely sublime and Dave LaRue's bass showcases are kept brief.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

The show is more cohesive than their first tour as a consequence of a full set of their own material (one track aside) rather than covers from their "other" bands; the pacing is also spot-on with just the right placing of quieter moments.

Of the fourteen full tracks there's not even a hint of a weak moment, the entire album is an absolute treat from first note to last, therefore picking highlights is nigh on an impossible task; No need to mention every single song. Yes, it really is that good.

The previously mentioned cover is the beautiful acoustic number 'Colder Months' performed solo by Casey McPherson that makes for the perfect segue into the mesmerising and epic 'Peaceful Harbor'. McPherson handles the majority of the lead vocal duties but having Neal Morse and, on occasion, Mike Portnoy taking on that role provides extra colour and depth to the material. The three share vocal duties on the brilliant and vibrant 'A Place in Your World' which also features another wonderful Steve Morse solo.

This release easily fits into the category of "every home should have one".

Gary Marshall

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


Member Login


<<  July 2017  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
       1  2
  3  4  5  6  7  8  9

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 3 days, 8 hours ago
  • Berny : Another Rocktopia UK music video premiere: 'tonight' by The Midnight Ghost Train. Pls. check out the LATEST NEWS on the front page!
  • Rocktopia Te : Check out the latest LIVE reviews!
  • mattnavy : For the record, the first issue of my order should commence with the latest edition.
  • mattnavy : Ok let me know please.
  • Berny : @ mattnavy: We'll sort it out now.
  • mattnavy : Just checked my post, still nothing arrived. My postcode is PL21 9JP.
  • Berny : @ mattnavi: I forwarded your question to the Fireworks team. Thanks for your patience.
  • mattnavy : I bought years membership two weeks ago, commencing from the latest edition. Nothing has turned up. Can you let me know if there has been a problem.
  • Berny : 25 new album reviews incl. Harem Scarem, Mr. Big, Bonfire, Mostly Autumn, TEN, Cheap Trick and many more! Check out our Revíews section!
  • Berny : @mattnavy: Pls. click on "Shop" - > "Fireworks Mini Shop" in the TOP menu on Rocktopia or send an e - mail to «email»
  • mattnavy : I cant seem to work out how I buy the latest edition or a years subscription of firework magazines.
  • Berny : Fireworks #79 out now! Ye Banished Privateers video premiere! 14000 words interview with Harem Scarem! New album and live reviews!
  • Rocktopia Te : 20 new album and 10 new live reviews!
  • Berny : Thanks Rob, review was updated!
  • rocktopiarob : Hi in the Bad For Good review - please replace "Rundgren's absurdly genius guitar playing" with "Davey Johnstone's absurdly genius guitar playing"
  • LeChef : Thumbs up!!!
  • Central Elec : Five new live reviews!
  • Hysteria : Wow! GREAT Abums! What a fantastic read!!! Kudos to you guys for including an album review by "The Hoff". KITT will love it!!! : - )
  • Central Elec : Landmark reviews 4991 - 5000 are online
  • Berny : Landmark reviews 4981 - 4990 are online, have fun! :)
  • Central Elec : Landmark Album Reviews 4971 - 4980 are online.
  • Berny : Check out our EXCLUSIVE interview with André Andersen of ROYAL HUNT!
  • Berny : More information can be found here: «link»
  • Berny : @moorby_vj_li: Many thanks for your purchase. If you bought a physical copy of the magazine, you can download the bonus disc from the menu on top (Fireworks - > Bonus CD 77).
  • moorby_vj_li : Hi All, I have purchased Issue 77 but can not see a link to download the music, where would I go, thank you in advance
  • Berny : GRAVE DIGGER exclusive UK video premiere of 'Lawbreaker'! Check out the news!
  • Berny : The new Fireworks section is now live! In the TOP MENU bar, please navigate to "Fireworks" - > "Fireworks Online" to read interviews with Eclipse, Tokyo Motor Fist, House Of Lords, Art Of Anarchy, Battle Beast & Monster Truck.
  • Berny : Many thanks Casper! :)
  • Casper : Thanks Berny ordered
  • Berny : @Casper @all: Fireworks Magazine #78 news item is now online, bonus interviews will follow this weekend. We have some interesting stuff coming in the next couple of days, including an album reviews special.

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us