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Classic Album Review: Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush | Eye of the Storm

The Canadian guitar hero still delivers a rush on his first studio album in a decade.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


The last time I listened to a Frank Marino album was probably about 1979. Turns out I haven’t missed anything.

More than two decades after his classic ’70s albums like World Anthem and Tales Of The Unexpected, Montreal native Marino still plays like he’s channeling the spirit of Jimi Hendrix through the fingers of Jimmy Page. And he still writes high-concept, epic-length guitar-wank opuses with spaced-out grooves, five-minute solos and lyrics that are, like, really really far out and heavy, man. Oh sure, the tunes on Eye Of The Storm — his first new full-length studio effort in a decade — are more mellow and hypnotic than his ’70s efforts, but for fans of his guitar-god heroics, Marino still delivers a rush.