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My first exposure to Los Angeles guitarist Adrian Galysh was in when he opened for the 21st Century Schizoid Band (King Crimson alumnus) back in April 2004. I was pleasantly surprised back then but then again, he had to be good to open for the 21st Schizoid Band now didn’t he. Since then I’ve been on Adrian’s mailing list and received many notifications of his show. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend due to personal reasons. Fast forward a bit to 2005 when I joined a online site called MySpace.com. I found many bands listed there including Adrian Galysh. I soon added him to my network of “friends”. Soon afterwards, he submitted his King Friday CD. Now was my chance to hear studio versions of songs he performed that night back in April 2004.
First up, this is a guitar album but one unlike any I’ve hear before. This album contains an artistic quality while having a “soul” to the music. It’s not one of those million mile a second shredfests and for that it makes it easier for me to listen to the music. On King Friday he’s joined by bassist Philip Bynoe and drummer Charlie Waymire. Guesting on keyboards on four tracks is another Los Angeles musician: Mike Keneally. Also as an added treat, Adrian does his version of Sugar Loaf’s “Green Eyed Lady” with his leads subbing for the vocals. This in itself is a treat but he’s joined by Sugar Loaf’s own Jerry Corbetta on organ to give a bridge to the original. Now how many times does that happen to an artist covering a song! This undoubtedly is one of my favorite track of the album, it showcases Adrian's style in the rock format as well as the title track.
The rest of the album ranges from rock to jazz to blues and in some cases some classical style guitar playing. This is truly one of the better guitar based instrumental albums that I’ve ever heard. Well almost instrumental, because on Lady Alaine and the title track, features wordless vocals. Adrian covers all the bases which shows he has the ability to grow. I’d have to give it a high recommendation for guitar fans of all genres.
Reviewed by Ron Fuchs for ProgNaut.com on December 6th, 2005