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Debut full-length solo album (eventually the third in career) by legendary Swedish Neoclassical/Shred/Hard Rock/Power Metal guitarist-virtuoso.
Yngwie J. Malmsteen, a virtuoso guitarist who burst onto the music scene in the early 1980s with the rather stereotypical 80s Metal band Alcatrazz, became renowned for his speedy play and mesmerizing solos. After Yngwie departed from Alcatrazz, he launched a highly successful solo-career. Yngwie's debut album "Rising Force" put Malmsteen on the map as a solo artist when the album drew critical acclaim for it's virtuoso-like guitar work. Yngwie followed "Rising Force" with his second album, "Marching Out". Yngwie's sophomore release didn't draw as much praise as his debut did, but it nevertheless was another work of sheer guitar brilliance and helped elevate Yngwie to the ranks of a guitar-god.
Malmsteen was hyped, if not over-hyped, when he came into the music scene early in his career. Many called him the "Next Hendrix" and critics began to deem Yngwie as the next great guitarist, and possibly the best to ever live. While Yngwie's rankings as a guitarist are up for debate, in order to live up to his praises, Yngwie released "Trilogy" - his second-best album after "Rising Force".
"Trilogy" shows a more mature side of Yngwie, both in his guitar and in his lyrics, and finds him delving wholeheartedly into fantastic, medieval themes and lyrical imagery. Yngwie's compositional skills are at their peak, and of all his albums, the lyrics here contribute the most to the overall feel of the music. The guitar solos, as always, are jaw-droppingly fast and technically demanding, but Malmsteen is still capable of playing them with force and fire behind them.
In the liner notes, Malmsteen dedicates the album to the memory of the late Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was assassinated on 28 February 1986.
"Trilogy" is an album that shows Malmsteen's amazing guitar work as well as his descent lyrical potential. The album reached #44 on that year's Billboard 200 chart and remained charted for thirteen weeks.
This rare Russian edition has titles and tracks marked in English and Russian.
Polydor/Melodiya, 1986/1988 (C60 27355 005). Made in USSR. Used.
1. You Don't Remember, I'll Never Forget 04:27
2. Liar 04:07
3. Queen In Love 04:04
4. Crying 05:00
5. Fury 03:56
6. Fire 04:12
7. Magic Mirror 03:49
8. Dark Ages 03:56
9. Trilogy Suite Op:5 07:14
Total playing time: 40:44 min.