received my copy of "Sololive" and immediately sat down to listen to
one of the best cd's I own. This live cd is pure Gowan at his very best
with the piano, which is an extension of his very being. This cd is
so crisp and clear, you can hear the audience's every reaction to each
song. It's like Gowan is playing right in my livingroom.
My personal favourite on this cd is "Dedication" - I can feel how Gowan
has completely captivated the audience, there is silence as they listen
to how beautifully he plays and sings this tune. "Pathetique" and "The
King Chanticleer Rag" were fun, and my usual favourite "A Criminal Mind"
sent shivers down my spine.
sense of humour comes out with all his chats with the audience and he
ends with his final thank you to us, the fans, with "You'll Be with
Me". I highly recommend this cd to every single Gowan fan.
by Paula Baril
So, you're still debating about buying this CD, eh? Kind of worried
that because it's just Gowan and a piano, it might sound like something
you'd hear in an elevator? Well, you're wrong. This is an excellent
With just a piano, the songs still sound incredible. The more upbeat
ones like "Cosmetics" and "Guerilla Soldier", are still played that
way so it doesn't sound like you're listening to some lounge act who
plays them all at the same tempo. Even though all the songs are great,
the two I've listened to about a million times are, "Pathetique" and
"The King Chanticleer Rag".
The liner notes with it are really cool. Gowan wrote kind of a "day
in the life" bit about what he did on the day of the show. I don't want
to spoil the whole thing and tell you everything he did, but I'll give
you a hint...his day started at 7:00 AM. O.K...that's it...you'll have
to buy the CD to find out the rest. There's also a few pictures to go
along with it that look great. The piano he uses looks huge. You know
the piano Schroeder in the "Peanuts" cartoon uses? Well, picture something
at least twice that size.
So, now you want to order it, don't you? Yeah, I thought this little
review would convince you. Believe me...you won't be disappointed.