Ken Tamplin And Friends – Wake The Nations

Ken Tamplin - Wake The Nations
Released 2003 (Now & Then)

Track List:
01. The Story Of Love
02. We’ve Jihad Enough
03. Falling Houses
04. The Man With A Plan
05. Hare Kristians
06. Wake The Nations
07. God In Heaven
08. Peace On Earth
09. Mystery
10. Cell Phone Freaks
11. Livin’ Large
12. 7 Eleven People
13. Saints And Heros
14. Waiting For Your Love
15. Every Day Is Precious
16. Come Together
17. Sing
18. Freedom

Ken Tamplin – vocals and guitar
Scott Van Zen – guitar
Howie Simon – guitar and background vocals
Daniel Pearson – bass
Glen Sobel – drums
Ed Roth – keyboards

Additional Musicians:
Jeff Scott Soto – guest vocals (1)
Philip Bardowell – guest vocals (1)
Jeff Watson – guitar solo (4)
Pete Lesperance – guitar solo (5)
Stevie Salas – guitar solo (5)
Richie Kotzen – guitar solo (10)
Reb Beach – guitar solo (12)
Marty Friedman – guitar solo (12)
Mattias Eklundh – guitar solo (13)
Doug Aldrich – guitar solo (16)
Kee Marcello – guitar solo (18)

Eighteen songs, and approximately one hundred guitar solos…Christian rocker Ken Tamplin
has unleashed an incredible guitar album. For those of you who saw Christian and were
tempted to stop reading, don’t worry; Tamplin doesn’t come across as preachy,
unless you consider delivering great songs a form of preaching!!

  Wake The Nations kicks off with the discs best song, “The Story Of Love,”
and its irresistible sing-a-long chorus. The album reminds one of the harmonic deliveries of
a band such as Harem Scarem, with its near perfect delivery. Its been acknowledged
that Tamplin is a perfectionist in the studio, and it shows here, not a single note is
out of place.

  Other standout tracks include “Wake The Nations”, the slow and meandering
“God In Heaven”, the Whitesnake-like “Mystery” and “Livin’ Large” (which sounds
like it would feel at home on a Kim Mitchell album). Guitar virtuosos such as
Stevie Salas, Reb Beach, Marty Friedman and Doug Aldrich are
all allowed to put their own stamp on the songs, but without being distracting. Of course
with eighteen songs, some aren’t going to be up to par, but there is enough here to make
Wake The Nations a great melodic/harmonic album. More information
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Reviewed by Skid for Sleaze Roxx, March 2003.

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