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".
|Live And Learn
|All Guitars, Synth String Lines, Production
|Orchestral Instruments, Percussion
|Production, Engineering, Mixing
|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.