|The following are comments about
'Guitaria' that I've received in e-mails or have been posted on the Thorn Guitar, Birds and Moons (BaM)
and Gear Page Forums.
Thanks everyone for all of the encouraging comments...they really make a guy
feel mighty good!!!
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|I received my copy of Mick Youmans 'Guitaria' CD yesterday
and it is fantastic. Mick seems like too humble a guy to say it for himself
so I will. His skillful and diverse songwriting and playing style is down
right impressive on all counts. The songs are instrumental and full of
emotions from serene to rocking. The multi-tracking he did to pull this all
together is absolute first rate. I'm no recording engineer, but to my ears
the mix is even and the song transitions smooth. If I didn't know better, I
would have assumed that this CD came right off the shelf at your favorite
I own hundreds of CD's and Mick's will definitely take it's rightful place
among the other quality CD's I've purchased from Ariel and Scott P., all of
which showcase fine talent.
So if you haven't sent in a order to Mick, do it. Fabulous guitar and song
composition. And just to be clear, I don't even know Mick outside of this
Forum, I just believe that good works should be recognized and praised for
what they are.
|James - absolutely agree. Mick's got some serious talent
(and his brothers too!). I posted a thread about this when I heard an
earlier mix of this CD. He's a humble guy though and you won't hear him
tootin' his own horn around here. Anyway, keep up the great work Mick!
--------Leon's Thread --------
I've been listening to some original material from Mick Youmans lately. I
know some of you guys know Mick from the old PRS Forum and maybe a forum
event. I've gotten to hear a number of things Mick has written and recorded.
And man...he is one talented guy! He's got a great sense of melody and a
real natural feel to his playing. Great tone and chops too. His recordings
are very professional sounding and nicely produced too. And having had the
pleasure of meeting Mick at one of the forum events a couple years ago, I
know he is a real gentleman and plain old good person!
|Yeah, my copy has been in my truck for over a week.
Holy Sonic Tour de Force! Quite an array of textures, tones, & symphony of
guitars. Awesome job, Mick!
I'll be listening to it traveling for Thanksgiving. Headed down your way,
Mick. Family reunion in Peachtree City, GA.
|Just gave it the 1st listen. Whoa baby. This a lot of
intense playing. Incredible arrangement of songs. Very nice Mick. Thank you.
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|Although Mick is a friend of mine, I finally got a chance to
listen to this last Saturday night. Needless to say, I was pretty impressed.
The first two tracks were killer and my fave. I'll put this one on again
when I get the time for a deeper listen. Brian S. and Ariel also
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bought this CD even if Mick wasn't a friend.
I have been playing this CD to non-guitar playing friends, just saying "I
picked this up at the store, whattya' think? All have really dug it. Going
to order a few for holiday gifts.
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|Guys, I have a copy of this CD; it is extremely well done.
This is no vanity project. Top notch playing, arrangements and material.
Highly recommended. It is a great polished work, totally professional.
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Mick, I'm glad to see this post appear again, because I just received and
listened to Guitaria. Stunning work, wow! That last section of the
individual track "Guitaria" just knocks me out. And yes, the drummer is
excellent, too. I can't imagine how much work must have gone into this.
At the risk of asking you to give away trade secrets, how were you getting
that searing, infinitely sustaining lead tone on many of the cuts?
CD is killin', man. Great job.
|Allow me to revive this thread. I received my copy last
week, but didn't get a chance to listen to it until yesterday/today.
If I had to pick one word to describe what I heard, I'd use brilliant.
Mick, I think you have a sense of melody and harmony that is really great to
hear! The compositions and arrangements are also great. This is a nice piece
I particularly enjoyed College Days so far. But that's mostly because
I got it! Tipping your hat to the music you listened to during that
important phase of life... I heard some Aerosmith, definitely some Extreme
(!), maybe some Zep, Rush (?). And of course Dream Theater, which was hard
to miss. Except for the Take The Time excerpt, I thought you had
nicely caught the spirit of your idols without ripping them. And the DT part
was a nice reference point.
Anyway, all in all, I really, really like this album, and I recommend it to
all BaMmers. Trust me, you'll like it.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dan, I honestly think the same as you...Mick's work is outstanding and can
hold its own against anything out there.
But regarding Vectra...I'm glad he decided to include it on this CD...I
remember when my own CD came out, a few weeks pass by and I got a CD from
Mick, he had added some harmony guitars to the finished tune, and I
thought: "WOW"...he simply took the song to a higher place...I really
lamented it was too late to include his contribution on my own Deep Inside
CD...so when Mick asked for permission to use my song with his own
overdubbed guitars on his Guitaria CD, I was happy to say YES!!! since I
consider this song to be complete now...in fact I don't like the way the
"naked" version sounds now...thanks Mick!!!
And BTW...Guitaria is awesome...you guys should buy a copy for yourselves,
and another one to give away to friends...
Best wishes, I hope this CD gets you where you deserve to be musically,
you're a very talented musician.
BTW...I got it today...great music!!
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I've been enjoying my copy for several days now. In a word, UROCK!
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Has a bit of a Brian May meets Craig Chaquico, w/ some PK flavor thrown in
the mix. Great chops - all the flavors fit the bill, for the music style
being played. Very controlled feel, but on the edge of being out of control.
Harmonies are awesome - I thought you were using a harmonizer or octaver,
and was looking on your website, and saw you'd tracked each layer - very
Every riff felt like it was meant to be there, and your song descriptions on
your website added to the feel of it all. Just a suggestion: if you have a
way to incorporate the descriptions into your inner liner notes, that might
add to the enjoyment of it.
Thanks for a great CD - no amateur mix, this one....sounds well put
|I must say I'm really impressed with the playing and
writing. Excellent stuff indeed. You should be very proud.
|Got mine, digging it. Thanks Mick!
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|Mick.............I received the CD yesterday and have
finally been able to listen to it via being in the car. I have to say that
you have grown quite a bit in your playing since I first heard you. The
music is VERY melodic and, being into guitar harmonies and a southern feel
to rock, your CD has been a real joy to listen to. If interested, I was
particularly enjoying cuts #6 and 10. I was very impressed!
Corpus Christi, Texas
Got the CD today. Wow! Very impressive indeed!! Let's see if I can nail your
influences. How about Brian May, Satch, and Steve Morse? Your playing has
certainly been refined since the days of watching you play along with "Since
We've Ended As Lovers" at the lake house. You should be very proud of this
work. The Boss GT-6 is pretty impressive.
BTW....Frank did a great job too.
San Francisco Bay Area, California
|My CD arrived today and it's playing now. I'm really
enjoying it! There's a lot going on structurally, and some great
I have very few "guitar" albums in my collection - usually I find the solo
guitar stuff unable to maintain my interest for long. This is
different. Great work, Mick.
St. Mary's, Georgia
I finally had a chance to listen your complete CD. I really liked it. It
reminded me some of the music I used to listen years ago, when I was younger
and had much more free time. Carlos Santana and also Gary Moore and even
Mike Oldfield. If I had to choose my favorites would be the powerful
Vectra and College Days.
Thanks for the music !
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|In no order, people who's playing I dig...
I know there are a ton of players I'm missing here...but these guys
immediately came to mind. I'd play in a band with any of them, anytime.
|I've been listening to it for a week -- very cool stuff Mick - I'm digging it!
|Great album, great guitars, very nice production and great melodies !!!
|I'll also vouch to buy the CD. Mine arrived Christmas Eve
and we listened to it while playing cards. It got praise from my 13 year
old son who plays guitar, and my 64 year old mother inlaw (who doesn't)
said more than once how much she liked it. Great stuff! Thanks Mick
|You are one talented player, Mick. Very good.
I have really been enjoying your cd Guitaria
I just love the melodies and harmonies and great tones!
I would reccomend it to any guitar music lover.........
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tasteful stuff. I am enjoying.
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Long Island, N.Y. and