On "True Obsessions", Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman returns to Shrapnel with an offering of mostly instrumental songs (there are two vocal cuts) which showcase his love of exotic scales and his immediately identifiable sound. The CD has sonic similarities to Friedman's previous outings, "Introduction" and "Scenes", but a good deal more of his aggressive yet melodic guitar. His trademark Japanese and Arabian scales are featured, as well as songwriting that differs noticably from the Megadeth albums. A third, demo version of Freidman's "Thunder March" piece (recorded in August, 1987) shows off his compositional strengths almost ten years before he recorded the tracks that make up "True Obsessions".
|04:03||Live And Learn||Vocal|
|Marty Friedman||All Guitars, Synth String Lines, Production|
|Brian BecVar||Piano, Keyboards|
|Alex Wilkinson||Orchestral Instruments, Percussion|
|Tom Gattis||Backing Vocals|
|Steve Fontano||Production, Engineering, Mixing|
|Ryan Dorn||Engineering Assistance|
|Brian Kinkel||Engineering Assistance|
|Billy Moss||Engineering Assistance|
|Larry Jacobson||Engineering Assistance|
|Michael Kaye||Guitar Technician|
|Jimmy Amason||Guitar Technician|
|Bruce Jacoby||Drum Technician|
|Greg Calkins||Drum Technician|
|Saki Furukawa||Graphic Design|
|Dave Stephens||Graphic Design|
|Recorded at Far Planet Studios, Van Nuys, CA; Jai Winding Studios, Santa Monica, CA; Vintage Recorders, Phoenix, AZ; Wilkinson Productions, Sun Valley, CA.
Mixed at Greenhouse Studios, Vancouver, B.C., Canada; Fat Planet Studios, Van Nuys, CA.
Recorded Nov. 6, 1995 to Feb. 14, 1996.
Mastered at Capitol Records.