· SKY HIGH - Freedom (GYR007) ·



 

::T R A C K S::

01. back to the start
02. boogie for peace
03. freedom
04. jimi
05. sisters and brothers
06. bluestown
07. blues for the green
08. i'm still rockin'
09. go on home
10. i ain't beggin'
11. you can't break me
12. evil eye
13. money blues
14. i want you
15. all along the watchtower
16. restless love


FORMAT: Audio CD / Jewel Case
GYR007 - $13.99

Freedom, the 12th album from SKY HIGH, featuring "critically acclaimed" Swedish blues/rock guitar legend Clas Yngstrom, is a heavy guitar revelation which includes 16 killer trax (69 minutes) of outstanding, blistering-hot, intense powerful blues/rock riffage of the highest order. On Freedom (their first disc for GROOVEYARD RECORDS, a new label dedicated to TOTAL GUITAR), SKY HIGH went into a studio in the backwoods of Sweden earlier this year and laid down the blues/rock law. Going back to their heavy power trio roots and keeping true to the format, Clas Yngstrom & Sky High recorded Freedom "live" in the studio and got down to some serious blues/rock business. This is the way REAL blues/rock music is meant to be played...RAW, LOUD & HARD or, as we like to refer to it @ the grooveyard, "RAW BLUES POWER!!!" On the Freedom sessions, Clas & Co. dig deep into their best & heaviest material, complete with several kool surprises including a "bad-ass" version of "Freedom" by Hendrix. The end result features some of the most incredible, fierce, over-the-top, awesome beyond all reason HEAVY GUITAR THREE PIECE KICK ASS CYCODELIC BLOOZE ROCK you have ever heard.

Sky High has been together in one form or another kicking blues/rock ass for over two decades (23 years to be exact), played on over 25 t.v. shows, had two top 10 singles and have gigged extensively around the world with over 3000 gigs under their belts including tours of India, Ecuador, Japan, and playing in front of 300,000 people at the "Glasnost '88 Rock Fest." They have also had their music featured in the film "The American Way" starring Dennis Hopper and have even "jammed" with Z.Z. TOP (according to the blues/rock gospel, Billy Gibbons aka Rev. Willy G. preaches that Clas Yngstrom is a guitar GOD!!!)

Although relatively unknown in the States, Clas Yngstrom is well known in certain circles throughout the rest of the world and, for people not familar with Sky High, Freedom is the perfect place to start. For those of you who are familiar with Clas Yngstrom, this is the SKY HIGH album you have been waiting for brother Clas to get down on. On the Freedom disc he takes his guitar rite over the edge and he never looks back. Clas Yngstrom is without a doubt one of the best get-down hendrixy heavy guitar axeslingers we have ever heard and he waves his blues/rock heavy guitar freak flag HIGH on Freedom.

The SKY HIGH - Freedom disc is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to fans of JIMI HENDRIX, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, ROBIN TROWER, FRANK MARINO, ERIC GALES, GARY MOORE, JOE BONAMASSA, ERIC CLAPTON with CREAM, vintage, classic Z.Z. TOP and just about any other killer get-down rippin' blues/rock axemaster you have ever heard. Clas Yngstrom is definitely rite up there with the BEST of them and he deserves all the credit he can get.

As an added bonus, Swedish guitar virtuoso Thomas Larsson guests on "Bluestown" & "I ain't beggin'" where the two swedish axemasters rip and tear it up on these two killer trax.

Serious blues/rock fans take note: if you dig your blues hard and heavy with an emphasis on the guitar, then Sky High is the band for you and Freedom will hit you where it counts and blow you away completely.

KEEP ON PUSHIN', KEEP ON STRAIGHT AHEAD & BOOGIE FOR PEACE!


MP3 Sample Clips

01. back to the start
02. boogie for peace
03. freedom
04. jimi
05. sisters and brothers
06. bluestown
07. blues for the green
08. i'm still rockin'
09. go on home
10. i ain't beggin'
11. you can't break me
12. evil eye
13. money blues
14. i want you
15. all along the watchtower
16. restless love

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· reviews ·

Those unfamiliar with Sweden's rock hard blues trio Sky High should know Freedom is their 12th record since forming in the mid-Eighties. That means you've got a lot of catching up to do. Though relatively unknown in the US, they are a sensation overseas having played before literally millions including two-dozen TV shows and movie soundtracks. Masterminded by blues/rock guitar legend Clas Yngstrom (known for his uncanny ability to mimic all things Hendrix) and joined by bassist Arne Blomqvist with drummer Mats Ostensson, the trio waste no time setting the bar with "Back To The Start" - a wicked 12-bar blues shuffle in the vein of George Thorogood. Sure it's just blues but man, does it cook! Having jammed with ZZ Top, it's only natural some of that mojo would rub off and in the Tush-like "Boogie For Peace" and the chugging "You Can't Break Me" the similarities are electric. Yngstrom sings in a higher register than Billy Gibbons, but his emotion is just as engaging. Pair that with his unique ability to merge with his Fender Strat like a freak appendage that weeps ungodly amounts of colorful tonal shades and you've got the idea. House rockers like "Go On Home", "I'm Still Rockin'" and "I Ain't Beggin'" dance dangerously close to metal in much the same way Walter Trout, Gary Moore and Joey Bonamassa do. Just listening to Yngstrom play rhythm and lead at the same time is spine-tingling. The spirit of Hendrix is all over this disc. From its title cover "Freedom" (which the band absolutely blaze on) to "All Along the Watchtower" and the originally-penned tribute "Jimi," the soul of the man is supporting Sky High. You can hear it in the little fills of "Bluestown" or the closing moments of "Restless Love." Then, just to stir it up, we get the country picking of "I Want You" and the retro Mountain-esque grind of "Evil Eye." Yngstrom wouldn't come off near as well without his rhythm section, who are not only incredibly tight – but perfect in-the-pocket players. They follow, support and sometimes lead the guitar as it roars along. Nicely done.

Todd K. Smith (The Cutting Edge) (April 2006)


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