It doesnt have to be the fastest or most technical, some riff you like or section of a solo. One of mine is in 2x Again, just after the interlude (approx 3:35) Mike just plays a few notes and bends with the rythmn guitar behind and it just sounds so nice and perfect. Bit of a random thing to like but I love listening to that bit :-)
Post by Carlos Lobo on Jan 9, 2014 14:20:56 GMT -6
This is a really difficult thing to choose. I think I don't have an aboslutely favourite part of an MAB song, but recently I've become addicted to one part of The Possession - A Tone Poem. It is from 1:47 to 2:50. I'm in love with this part!
Still from Intermezzo, I love these parts:
Intermezzo - 3:18 to 4:39 (What an amazing sound on MAB's guitar and techniques)
Kaleidoscope Images - from 2:40 to 3:17 (One of the most epic parts of the album)
Oceans of Time - from 3:49 to 4:54 (Bass and Piano are amazing, and then an incredibly heavy rif***e and great solo)
I Pray the Lord - from 0:55 to 5:41 (I know it is almost the whole song, but once I start listening to it from 0:55 I just can't stop until I'm close to the end of the song. I can't bring myself to hit the pause button. It is really a brilliant song, even better than 2X Again in my opinion)
8 Pillars of Steel - from 0:18 to 1:27 and then from 2:54 to 4:45 and then from 6:01 to 8:13 (Alright, I said the whole song again. What can I do, I love it. But most of all, I love Rustey Cooley's solo)
The Possession - A Tone Poem - I already said it, from 1:47 to 2:50. (I'm addicted to it. So heavy and psychedelic)
5 Four Ever - from 3:23 to 4:08 (It's Guthrie Govan's solo. So melodic. Overall this is maybe the most melodic song of the entire album)
Juggernaut - from 0:00 to 2:01 and then from 2:43 to 3:57 (Megadeth-ish song. Perfect.)
Now from other MAB records:
Across Our Universe - from 1:09 to 1:16, from 1:26 to 2:42 and finally from 3:52 to 4:32 (Shredding of the highest order)
To Alpha Sector 2 - from 0:55 to 1:19 (Out of this world, one of my favourite MAB parts of all time)
Time Traveller - from 0:56 to 0:57 (crazy, right?) then from 2:42 to 3:36 (Amazing shredding)
China - from 4:11 to 4:28 (Again, amazing shredding)
Prog - from 3:46 to 4:03 (Shredding)
Full Force - from 1:40 to 2:07 and from 2:53 to 3:53 (What I love about this song is the contrast between the shdredding and the background)
Rain Forest - from 2:47 to 3:58 (I never get tired of listening to this part)
2X Again - from 2:03 to 2:49, from 3:13 to 4:13 (some of the best parts that MAB has ever written)
No Boundaries - from 0:00 to 0:52, from 2:09 to 3:12 (What a song, there are no words for it)
Science Fiction - from 0:00 to 1:48, and from 3:05 to 4:44 (My favourite MAB song before Intermezzo existed, now I'm confused and don't know what my favourite MAB song is anymore lol but man, I wish I had written this song)
Pray On, Prey - from 4:09 to 5:05 (The most epic MAB song in my opinion)
Burn - from 2:48 to 3:15 (I could just as easily said the whole song, it's awesome)
Hands Without Shadows - from 2:01 to 3:05 (Insane, I had never heard pedal point played this fast in my life... and this song is so heavy it could easily belong on Intermezzo)
Tribute to Randy - from 4:10 to 6:08(What a brilliant tribute, it's great how MAB changes tappings from the original to arpeggios to make the solo more personal)
Zeppelin Forever - from 5:54 to 7:12 (This is not only the best Led Zeppelin tribute ever. This is the best cover song ever made)
Bottom line, Michael Angelo Batio is a living legend. Long live MAB!
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I love the little happy tapping part after that section you mention in Possession :-) Yeah I do love I Pray the Lord, such a nice song, lovely chorus and I like the little clean guitar interlude in it, such a nice progression. Then it kicks back in with the lead guitar bending a note, great stuff. The new albums full of great parts, I think on 5 four ever theres some really insane lead runs on that, sounds crazy to play :-)
Planet Gemeni - The first solo, it's just mind boggling, that was the first I heard from MAB, it was played automatically when you entered angelo.com, My jaw dropped to the floor when I heard it the first time, I couldn't believe that someone could play guitar like that!
Voices of the Distant Past - The song starts off with a very heavy and spacey sound, which gives it a very hunting or hectic feeling, then at around 2:15 it cools down to a more mellow and relaxing melody that lasts for a while, it gives it a really nice dynamic feel, I like that.
Science Fiction - The tapping intro, until the chill part begins, that is one hell of a intro to a song! The rest of the song is fantastic also.
I Do It For You - At several points in the song he does harmonized sweeping which is THICK, it sounds insanely good
Outsideinside - I like all the funky parts
No Boundaries - The Paganini part is just awesome!
Prog Revisited - I love the main riffs, all the chording
Far Reaches Of Space - I like the main riff and especially at around 2:25 when the clean part starts then it goes over to the main riff again.
Across Our Universe - The riff/lick that starts around 1:40 is one of my favorite ever, it can be heard to bigger extent in the song "Allegory of the Cave" on the 2 x Again album. I really like the rhythm/backingtrack in this song also, especially towards the end.
To Alpha Sector 2 - The whole spectacle, it's just filled with crazy good solos, harmonies and riffs, every second of it, it even has humor at the end
Time Traveler - The last crazy harmonized part, it's just bizarre. I thought he was using some sort of effect for that but I learned through this forum that it's actually three or four guitars played in harmony at that speed, thats just crazy!
To be honest, most of MAB's really good songs has only good parts, every second of them.
Post by Michael Angelo Batio on Feb 10, 2014 13:33:09 GMT -6
Here is a comment on my own song. One of my personal favorites is a song I wrote called "East Side Story." I changed the title from "I Can't Take it No More" to "East Side Story" because I felt it better described the atmosphere. Is anyone familiar with this song?
Also, thanks for mentioning so many different parts.
On a side note - I never understood criticisms about my songwriting. When people sometimes say all I do is play fast and never write melodies. I think to myself - "can't they hear the melodies?" Is it really so hard to hear the melodies of "Science Fiction" or "2 X Again" or "Intermezzo?" It still baffles me, but at the end of day, criticism doesn't change one note of my playing or songwriting. :-)
Some of my favourite parts of your music is the slower, melodic sections. I dont think its fair you are criticised because you can play so fast. If you achieve such speed and accuracy in your playing, you shouldnt hold back your playing abilities to impress others. Ive always just played what I want and what I enjoyed. :-)
Thanks for the reply Mike :-) Did you ever feel pressured to play differently or fit in somewhere? People tell me to join a band but I really dont like any local bands in my area. I'd much prefer go into teaching :-)