Chasing the Sun (Chris Poland album)

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Chasing the Sun
Chris Poland - 2000 - Chasing the Sun.jpg
Studio album by Chris Poland
Released 2000 (2000)
Recorded 1994–99
Studio Downtown Rehearsal in Los Angeles; The Baked Potato in Studio City, Los Angeles
Genre Instrumental rock, jazz fusion
Length 41:04
Label Grooveyard
Producer Chris Poland, Steve Bauer, Joe Romagnola
Chris Poland chronology
Return to Metalopolis
(1990)
Chasing the Sun
(2000)
Rare Trax
(2005)
Alternative cover
2004 reissue
2004 reissue

Chasing the Sun is the second studio album by former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland, released in 2000 through Grooveyard Records (United States) and Mascot Records (Europe), and reissued on March 16, 2004 through Rotten Records.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz Favorable[3]

Greg Prato at AllMusic gave Chasing the Sun 3.5 stars out of 5, calling it "a mixed bag of tricks". He likened it to early albums by guitarists Joe Satriani and Steve Vai, albeit with an emphasis on "jazzier sounds". The title track was described as setting the tone for the album: "Right from the beginning, you know you're not in for your standard straight-ahead six-string shredfest, as the album-opening title title track takes an abrupt detour into trippy psychedelia." Prato was hesitant to recommend Chasing the Sun to fans of Poland's thrash metal stylings with Megadeth, but maintained that it was "further proof that Chris Poland is one of hard rock's most underrated guitarists."[1]

The staff at All About Jazz wrote positively about the album, saying that it was "an amazingly solid guitar-driven release" and "top-notch guitar goods." They further likened it to other guitarists such as Jeff Beck, Scott Henderson and Carlos Santana, while particularly praising Poland's eclectic mix of rock and jazz fusion. "Robo Stomp", "Hip Hop Karma", "Sand Castles" and the title track were listed as highlights.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Chasing the Sun" Chris Poland, Mark Poland, Francis DiCosmo 3:04
2. "Hip Hop Karma" C. Poland, M. Poland, DiCosmo 3:41
3. "Wendell's Place" C. Poland, M. Poland, Robertino Pagliari 3:07
4. "Robo Stomp" C. Poland, M. Poland, DiCosmo 3:20
5. "Straight Jacket" C. Poland, M. Poland, DiCosmo 3:16
6. "Cosmo's Thumb" C. Poland, M. Poland, DiCosmo 3:14
7. "Lu Lu's Dream" C. Poland, M. Poland, DiCosmo 3:29
8. "Salvador" C. Poland 3:14
9. "Interference Blues" C. Poland 2:28
10. "Alphabet City" C. Poland, M. Poland, DiCosmo 2:41
11. "Mercy" C. Poland 1:39
12. "Song for Paul (31 Summers)" C. Poland, M. Poland, DiCosmo 3:38
13. "Alexandria 99" (live) C. Poland 4:14
Total length: 41:04

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Prato, Greg. "Chasing the Sun - Chris Poland". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  2. ^ Prato, Greg. "Chasing the Sun - Chris Poland". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2015-02-24.
  3. ^ a b AAJ Staff (2003-03-20). "Chris Poland: Chasing the Sun (2002)". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2015-02-24.

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