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The Fifth Row
An Acoustic Tour of Historic Theaters


Performed by: Stuart Weber
Label: Ravello Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 11 May 2018

The Fifth Row, the latest album by guitarist Stuart Weber, consists of 11 compositions (35 min, 03 sec), recorded in several historic American theaters, employ Weber’s strong yet delicate guitar playing along with the acoustics of the rooms in which he recorded. Combining elements of classical and folk, Weber embraces the elegance of high-brow compositions as well as the grit of stripped-down Americana...

It's an interesting idea: Record 11 compositions for solo guitar in historic American theatres, but in truth the different acoustics don't really come across on the recording. Maybe if you're really listening for it you can spot it, but the majority of people won't. The CD comes complete with some interesting sleeve notes that walk us through the history of each theatre and includes images of some of the interiors and exteriors as well as old and new photos of how they looked in their heyday as well as now.

This is a reissued album, the original is for sale online at ridiculous prices. So if you've been wanted to get your hands on it, now's your chance.

Track listing:

01 - Bourrée alla polacca
02 - Humoresques
03 - Sacagawea
04 - Passacaglia
05 - Texas Girl at the Funeral of Her Father
06 - Spanish Creek
07 - Evening in the Country
08 - Jefferson Waltz
09 - Toccata (Darkness)
10 - Walk Away
11 - America the Beautiful


Darren Rea

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