· SKY HIGH - Self-titled (GYR014) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. rainbow child
02. cold winds
03. wake up zombies!
04. money blues
05. together again
06. sky high boogie
07. i don't live today
08. across all borders
09. morning ballad
10. dalarna
11. hoochie coochie man - live (bonus)
12. fire - live (bonus)
13. voodoo chile - demo (bonus)


FORMAT: Audio CD / Jewel Case
GYR014 - $9.99

The self-titled debut disc from SKY HIGH featuring outstanding Swedish blues/rock guitar legend Clas Yngstrom, is an all-time CLASSIC amazing blues/rock guitar masterpiece which includes 13 outstanding trax (51 mins.) of mega-awesome, top-shelf, blues/rock heavy guitar power trio riffage @ its finest. Clas Yngstrom is a true bona-fide blues/rock axemaster of awesome proportions and he is rite up there with the best of them as one of the greatest Hendrix- inspired guitarists in the world. C.Y. digs in deep and shines throughout on the debut SKY HIGH disc, brimming with style, class, vibe & blues power. Clas is an amazing gifted player who has achieved true greatness on the guitar and deserves all the credit he can get. Make no mistake, Clas Yngstrom is the REAL deal when it comes down to some of the finest Hendrixy blues/rock heavy guitar magic you’ll ever hear.

SKY HIGH has been re-issued and released for the first time on compact disc by GROOVEYARD RECORDS (a new label dedicated to outstanding TOTAL GUITAR music from around the world). Originally released on vinyl in 1980 and recorded with Swedish vocals, the 2005 re-issue version of SKY HIGH features brand-new English vocals for universal appeal plus 3 awesome BONUS TRAX not found on the original version, including 2 killer Hendrix jams that will fry your brain! Even though the SKY HIGH disc was recorded 25 years ago, it sounds fresh and vibrant today; an amazing undiscovered heavy guitar gem and musical document full of life, soul & blues power that stands tall as one of the all-time great blues/rock heavy guitar discs of our time.

The awesome debut SKY HIGH disc is HIGHLY recommended to fans of JIMI HENDRIX (THE MAN!), ROBIN TROWER, FRANK MARINO, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN, JOHNNY WINTER, RORY GALLAGHER, CREAM, Z.Z.TOP (vintage era), GARY MOORE, WALTER TROUT, WARREN HAYNES, ERIC GALES, PHILIP SAYCE, JOE BONAMASSA, BUDDAHEADS, RANDY HANSEN,THE HAMSTERS and just about any other killer, get-down, top-shelf blues/rock axeslingers on the third stone from the sun that kick serious blues/rock heavy guitar ass.

Clas Yngstrom and SKY HIGH have released over a dozen albums plus various solo discs through the years and it's long overdue and "high" time that the classic first SKY HIGH album has finally been released on compact disc. The bottom line is that if you dig outstanding blues/rock heavy guitar music then you owe it to yourself to tune into the phenomenal debut disc by SKY HIGH.

EXPERIENCE THE HEAVY GUITAR BLUES POWER OF CLAS YNGSTROM & SKY HIGH.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. rainbow child
02. cold winds
03. wake up zombies!
04. money blues
05. together again
06. sky high boogie
07. i don't live today
08. across all borders
09. morning ballad
10. dalarna
11. hoochie coochie man - live (bonus)
12. fire - live (bonus)
13. voodoo chile - demo (bonus)

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· reviews ·

We got hooked on Sky High a couple years ago after listening to their Freedom CD. The band is a vehicle for Swedish blues/rock guitarist Clas Yngstrom, a serious Hendrix head that even dedicated his sixth record, the live Safe Sex to his hero. Sky High and Still Rockin' are Yngstrom's first two records originally released in 1983. They have since been redesigned and expanded with additional live tracks that showcase the man's true force behind his playing. Yngstrom's band is basically a three piece with additional players brought in to flesh out the sound including harmonica and backing vocals. Both records are electric with everything from traditional Delta to muscled-up ZZ Top blues. Aged and weathered, the platters still maintain their durability especially considering they were released the same year SRV's Texas Flood hit the racks. With a current total of 16 records and over 4,000 gigs under their belt, it's important to rediscover the roots of Gothenburg's leading blues-rock legends.

Sky High kicks off with the hippie/blues grinder "Rainbow Child," a moody, mud-soaked dirty little number that chases a funky bass groove with cascading solo spurts lacing the whole thing together. The record bounces around trying to find itself. There's the harmonica tinged "Together Again," the Wild Cherry-funk of "Across All Borders" and the country rocker ala Derek and the Dominos "Dalarna." Yngstrom's ability to draw you in with his biographical tales of lover, father, friend and his unique talent of playing different styles and still frame it in the blues speaks volumes for his musicality. There's plenty of nifty tradition in "Money Blues" bass-heavy "Sky High Boogie" and the jazzy progression of "Morning Ballad" The pickfest of "Cold Winds" is complemented by an abundance of Nashville slide while the politically charged "Wake Up Zombies!" pays a nice tribute to Mark Knopfler. The expanded disc finishes off with live versions of "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Fire" and "Voodoo Chile."

Todd K. Smith (The Cutting Edge) (September 2008)


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