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    Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:40:03

    Journey Guitarist Neal Schon to Release Solo Album - It's called "The Calling"

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    • Neal Schon - OAKLAND, CA - MAY 10: Neal Schon guitar player of the rock group 'Jurney' performs the National Anthem prior to the start of a Major League Baseball game between the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on May 10, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
    • Neal Schon - OAKLAND, CA - MAY 10: Neal Schon guitar player of the rock group 'Jurney' performs the National Anthem prior to the start of a Major League Baseball game between the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on May 10, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
    • Neal Schon - OAKLAND, CA - MAY 10: Neal Schon guitar player of the rock group 'Jurney' performs the National Anthem prior to the start of a Major League Baseball game between the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on May 10, 2014 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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    Taking a detour from his main job as lead guitarist for Journey, the multi-talented Neal Schon has put the finishing touches on his latest solo album, The Calling, which will be released by Frontiers Records on October 23rd in North America. Produced by, and featuring Schon on all guitars and bass, The Calling reunites Schon with former Journey bandmate Steve Smith, who lends his virtuoso drum talents to all 12 tracks on the new album.

    Schon set up shop at Berkeley's famed Fantasy Studios during a break from Journey's busy touring schedule, and recorded the album, completely from scratch, in just four days. After overdubbing multiple guitar and bass parts, Schon recruited two keyboard masters to flesh out the music. Igor Len, an accomplished classical, jazz and film composer who had previously collaborated with Schon, is featured on acoustic piano throughout The Calling.

    Grammy Award-winning special guest Jan Hammer (Jeff Beck, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Miami Vice soundtrack) recorded Moog synthesizer solos on two tracks - "Fifty Six (56)" and "Tumbleweeds". Recently, Schon teamed up with Dan Barnett (Journey: Live in Manila) to produce the video for the first single and title track from The Calling.

    Track Listing:

    1. The Calling
    2. Carnival Jazz
    3. Six String Waltz
    4. Irish Field
    5. Back Smash
    6. Fifty Six (56)
    7. True Emotion
    8. Tumbleweeds
    9. Primal Surge
    10. Blue Rainbow Sky
    11. Transonic Funk
    12. Song Of The Wind

    Which track title do you like best?

    —Amy Sciarretto
    08.15.12



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