Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750), composer, keyboard and violin virtuoso, inventor and designer of musical instruments, was already a legend in his own lifetime. He was hailed as the supreme genius of polyphony and Baroque Music. No other musician has ever been so inspirational and influential on endless generations of peers.
Bach’s timeless music has triumphed over centuries of stylistic changes to be embraced by all genres. In the early ‘70s W. Carlos went multi-platinum with “SWITCHED ON BACH”, which featured the first all keyboard synthesizers recording of 10 popular Bach pieces. Sky, featuring John Williams, followed in the early ‘80s and went platinum in 3 weeks thanks to the single “Toccata and Fugue in Dm”.
In the ‘90s it was Vanessa Mae who topped the charts with Bach pieces, while Jacques Lucien had been selling millions of records since the ‘60s by fusing Bach with Jazz improvisations. And, the list goes on…
In 2009! “BACH ON STEROIDS!” re-writes all the books: from Jazz to Punk, from Metal to Classical, from Rock to Country, with mind-blowingly fresh renditions of 15 the most popular J.S. Bach pieces, performed by the stellar line-up below and with the far superior sonic and musical quality of the new PENTASYSTEM®.
In the beginning, the record was ambitiously conceived by the president of Polydor Records, as an update to the multi-million seller “Switched On Bach”, played by a hard-Rocking super-group instead of a solo keyboardist. “Bach On Steroids!” surpassed all expectations, thanks not only to the groundbreaking arrangements and partial re-writing of the material, but also the stellar performances of Virgil Donati on drums, Dave LaRue’ on bass guitar, Steve Weingart on Wurlitzer Electric Piano and Hammond B-3, Albert Wing on Clarinet and Saxophones, Albert Lee on Twang Guitar and Maestro Alex Gregory on his Signature Fender 7 String Stratocaster, Pentasystem® Celloblasters®, Electric mandolin, and more.
Bach’s music is spectacular to begin with, but going through this record is like going through an “Indiana Jones” film with endless moments of dramatic, unexpected, exciting and entertaining twists. Suddenly, the first movement of the ultra-famous “Double Violin Concerto in Dm” turns into a John Coltrane “gone wild on Classical Clarinet” solo, or the household piano piece “Prelude in C Major” turns into a twangy Country Guitar solo. The beautiful “left hand” piano part of “Prelude in Em” is transformed into a massively powerful “Celloblaster®” show-off theme, beautifully melodical, of course, and yet heavy enough to rival the heaviest riffs you have ever heard.
Suffice it to say that Sir Paul Mc Cartney himself flipped enough on “Bach On Steroids!”to get himself one of the first copies of the final mix.
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