Neal Schon has released his ninth solo album. The universe can be purchased through its website in one of three digital formats.
An official statement describes the 2015 Vortex follow-up as a “blend of classic symphonic blues, R&B, soul, and rock-fusion,” and describes Schon as an “iconic virtuoso guitarist and songwriter [whose] dizzying melodic and soulful performance will guide you. through a journey of your senses and emotions only in the way that your mastery of the instrument can, where each listen feels different and fresh each time. ”
Schon confirmed an “early December” arrival for Universe last week, adding that the album will offer “beautiful original healing music for healing times.” He has been working on songs with producer and current Journey drummer Narada Michael Walden for several years.
“It is very melodic, powerful and majestic. There is also some fusion, “Schon said in 2018.” We did some covers, but most of it is written by Narada. He produced it and played it wonderfully, on drums. We have his bassist, Buddha, playing on him. It sounds really solid and it’s probably one of the best sounding records I’ve ever made. ”
Universe includes song updates by the Beatles (“Hey Jude,” which closes the record), Jimi Hendrix (“Third Stone From the Sun,” “Voodoo Child”), Prince (“Purple Rain”), and Stevie Wonder (“I Believe”). Schon also returns to his own catalog, covering Journey’s “Lights” and the solo song “Caruso.”
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