Jason Becker - Perpetual Burn (Shrapnel) 1988
As I recall this CD was released at the same time as Marty Friedman's "Dragon's Kiss" in 1988, between the two Cacophony releases. Just as Becker played some guest guitar solos on Marty's solo CD, so Friedman plays guest solos on 'Temple of the Absurd', 'Eleven Blue Egyptians' and 'Dweller in the Cellar' on "Perpetual Burn". As would be expected from a solo album on Shrapnel records, "Perpetual Burn" is 100% total guitar shred. Perpetual Burn is chock full of those virtuoso guitar sweeps and arpeggios. Unlike Cacophony, or even Friedman's album, this CD is not really what I would call metal. Rather this album features a lot of beautiful, almost neo-classical compositions. At times there aren't even any drums, leaving Jason on his own to make the song come alive. Parts of this CD are very melancholy sounding, which means this CD is a great for kicking back and mellowing out.