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The Guitarist - Craig Ogden

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Genre: Classical - Classical Instrumental / Artist: Craig Ogden / Audio CD released 2010-07-05 at Classic FM

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      28.08.2010 16:44
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      Classical guitar with a modern twist.

      **Who is Craig Ogden?**
      Craig Ogden is an Australian born classical guitarist, he plays regularly in major London venues and has been known to collaborate with many top UK artists such as David Daniels and Gerard McChrystal.

      **So what's on this album?**
      The Guitarist contains 20 tunes all with Ogden playing the guitar, in a few of the tunes he is accompanied by other instruments most notably the violin. Many of the songs on the album are familiar including Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah and Simon and Garfunkel's Scarborough Fair.

      **Is it any good?**
      There is no doubt that Ogden is a fantastically talented musician, he plays the guitar superbly and without flaws. It is also nice to hear tunes that are well known being played in a different way. However I found it almost frustrating listening to some of the tunes and never hearing the lyrics which after all is one of the main reasons I like some of the songs he was covering.

      This is a relaxing album and probably a good thing to listen to if you were doing something like studying or reading to have on in the background if you can resist the temptation of filling in the lyricless songs with singing!

      I have given this album a satisfactory rating because although it is good and Ogden really knows how to play the guitar it just frustrated me too much listening to songs without their lyrics and I wish he had chosen tunes which didn't have any lyrics at all. If these songs happened to come up on my itunes when on shuffle I would definitely listen to them or maybe in the future I will have a sudden craving for Ogden's guitar playing but until then I think the CD is going back on the shelf and I'm sticking to Rodrigo y Gabriela for my guitar listening!

      **Is it worth buying then?**
      In my view, no. It's just not the kind of CD I would listen to again and again. However if you are familiar with Ogden or simply want to break yourself into classical guitar easily, this is a good place to start and again can be bought on Amazon for a reasonable price.


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    Disc #1 Tracklisting
    1 Memories Of Alhambra
    2 Ashokan Farewell
    3 Moonlight Sonata
    4 Canon In D Major
    5 Clair De Lune
    6 Hallelujah
    7 Scarborough Fair
    8 Pirates Of The Caribbean – Theme
    9 Le Onde
    10 Siciliana
    11 Romance No. 1
    12 Simple Seranade
    13 Lough Caragh
    14 If She Loves Me Not
    15 Chrysalis
    16 Birds Flew Over The Spire
    17 Romance No. 2
    18 Canarios
    19 Rondo Rodeo
    20 Waltzing Matilda

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