Powers of Ten (album)

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Powers of Ten
Powers of ten.jpg
Studio album by Shawn Lane
Released 1992 (1992)[1]
Recorded Apogee Studio in Memphis, Tennessee
Genre Instrumental rock, jazz fusion
Length 60:16[2]
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Shawn Lane
Shawn Lane chronology
Powers of Ten
The Tri-Tone Fascination
(1999)The Tri-Tone Fascination1999

Powers of Ten is the first studio album by guitarist Shawn Lane, released in 1992 through Warner Bros. Records; a second edition was reissued in 1993, containing a revised track listing and alternative versions of "Get You Back" and "West Side Boogie"[3] (both of which were included as bonus tracks on the 2006 reissue through Eye Reckon Records). In a 2009 article by Guitar World magazine, the album was ranked seventh on the all-time top ten list of shred albums.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]

Jas Obrecht at Guitar Player praised Powers of Ten as "a solo album in the truest sense. ... The immaculate articulations of "Gray Pianos Flying" will awe shred-heads, while "Epilogue (for Lisa) ... displays the guitarist's more tender side."[5]

Daniel Gioffre at AllMusic describing the album as "uneven and frustrating". Among his criticisms were the lack of a full band (Lane performed all the instruments himself on most tracks), the "egregious misstep" of using programmed drums, and the "long and meandering" keyboard pieces "Powers of Ten: Suite" and "Piano Concertino: Transformation of Themes"; the latter tracks he noted as interrupting the momentum established in the album's first half. He nonetheless called most of the songs "pleasant enough" and praised Lane as a "phenomenally talented" guitarist and musician.[1]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Shawn Lane, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Not Again" 3:53
2. "Illusions" 4:19
3. "Get You Back" 4:57
4. "West Side Boogie" (Ray Gomez) 5:31
5. "Powers of Ten: Suite" 13:05
6. "Piano Concertino: Transformation of Themes" 9:07
7. "Paris" 5:47
8. "Esperanto" 3:39
9. "Rules of the Game" 3:59
10. "Gray Pianos Flying" 3:10
11. "Epilogue (For Lisa)" 2:49
Total length: 60:16



  1. ^ a b c Gioffre, Daniel. "Powers of Ten - Shawn Lane". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2014-09-26.
  2. ^ Powers of Ten (CD release "Eye Reckon Records 003").
  3. ^ "Powers of Ten (Re-Release). LaneWiki. Retrieved 2014-09-26.
  4. ^ Guitar World Staff (2009-07-09). "Top 10 Shred Albums of All Time". Guitar World. Future US. Archived from the original on 2011-05-28. Retrieved 2014-09-26.
  5. ^ Obrecht, Jas. "Shawn Lane: A Cult Hero Surfaces". Guitar Player Distortion!. NewBay Media. p. 112.