Marty FRIEDMAN: Scenes CD Megadeth lead guitarist. Megadeth drummer Nick Menza in all 8 songs. 1992 CD. Check samples

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Most fans know Marty Friedman as the lead guitarist of Megadeth, but prior to Megadeth he was already a respected figure in the guitar world due to his remarkable work with Jason Becker in Cacophony and his solo album Dragon’s Kiss, where he stood out as a melodic player. He takes his melodic playing a step further, releasing a Japanese-new age influenced guitar album. There’s still some rock music here, but most of the album is very mellow, which is a strange thing for a guitar shredder. His playing resembles such guitarists like Uli Jon, applying japanese scales to the guitar (another unusual thing among metal guitarists). In order to enjoy this album, you gotta be very open minded musically. Otherwise, you’ll find this release very boring. It’s not the usual Friedman, and it’s not the usual Shrapnel Records release, which makes the album even more enjoyable and unpredictable. One more detail: Megadeth’s drummer Nick Menza plays here also, and still, there’s no metal music here.
Track Listings
1. Tibet

2. Angel
3. Valley of Eternity
4. Night
5. Realm of the Senses
6. West
7. Trance
8. Triumph [you’ll find it’s co written with a great musician called Kitaro !!]

5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of melodic proportions… This is a stirring album that on first listen enthrals and en-spells the listener. Marty has a gift as a guitarist being able to throw melody and emotion into every part of this album meaning once you play it you will listen to it again and again. Nick Menza also plays a small role with his exceptional drum lines complimenting the potency and fluidity of Marty’s playing style. Excellent is not enough to describe how good this album is.

IMO this is the best solo album Marty has ever made. The atmosphere and vibe on this is really special…it just sounds like a player in his prime, doing exactly what he wants to be doing. It was also a great showcase for Marty’s non-metal skills outside of Megadeth.
Very relaxing to listen to…it’s like the equivalent of a video game like Civilization or Harvest Moon in musical form.
Musically this album has virtually nothing to do with Megadeth. There’s no heavy riffing, double bass drumming or angry choruses that make speed/thrash metal what it is. Rather “Scenes” is an instrumental album that is very different for Marty Friedman. It has an almost ambient/new age type of vibe, although many of these compositions could easily be featured on a soundtrack. There is also a distinct eastern/oriental feel in most of these songs. There are almost no distorted guitar riffs, but rather many beautifully structured solos, ambient keyboard textures and clean tone guitar playing. “Scenes” showcases Friedman @ his best. Not only would I consider this the best piece of work Friedman has done, but also one of the best albums ever done! It is magical and is almost like a journey through a fantastical, exotic land where there is no evil, no ugliness, no malice, just beauty, innocence and purity. In other words: these are the sounds of Heaven.
My Boyfriend introduced Marty Friedman’s music to me with the CD Loudspeaker and since then we have listened to several more. Scenes is the best of these cd’s by far. In addition to a very talented guitarist this CD has the sweetest melodies I’ve ever had the pleasure to listen to. As guitarists my boyfriend and I were so enchanted by the track entitled, “Triumph” that my boyfriend learned it and then taught it to me. It is a CD that goes straight to the heart and creates a very romantic atmosphere. Kudos to Marty for his inspirational and heartfelt melodies that inspire fellow guitarists.
first time i bought this album i was expecting a heavy guitar riff & solo just like his stuff on Megadeth. but it’s totally different, it’s an awesome new age album which contain a beautiful melody in every songs.my fav songs on this album is “west”. if you like a a melodic guitar solo you wont be disappointed by this one. all track on this album is GOOD!
I had never heard of Marty Friedman until last month when I bought Dragon’s Kiss. I liked it.
I bought “Scenes” expecting more of the same.
What a wonderful surprise! Scenes is captivating. From beginning to end, Scenes creates a mood and transports you to a place where all music is beautiful.Clean, clear, and every note is carefully crafted. Not what you’d expect from a “shredder”. Of all my CDs by Satriani, Vai, Petrucci, and Malmsteen, this is now my favorite! As a guitarist, Friedman is excellent. As a composer, he is supreme.
Wish I had found this sooner
It’s a super impressive melodic disc from Fridman and Kitaro.
Just relax in your couch and listen to it.
Better than I expected. Wish I had picked it up sooner. Guitar music lovers need to at least listen to this one.
Of all Marty’s solo albums, this is my favorite. It’s also the one most different from Marty’s head-ripping image from Megadeth. Although there are some overdrive solos here that can decapitate as well.
A lot of the ideas in ‘Scenes,’ Marty has said, were written when he was a teenager, and the album served as a ‘cleaning out’ of his old ideas. They were however arranged and played by a musically mature Friedman, so the old ideas could hold up to anything else in his other CDs.
The synth simulations in this album are more ‘fake’ here than in Marty’s follow-up ‘Introduction,’ but I like this fakeness. And if they passed co-producer Kitaro’s standards, then there couldn’t really be a problem with them.
That’s another thing. I was introduced to Kitaro through this album. I heard a lot more of Kitaro afterwards, and he’s a cool musician himself.

Anyway, ‘Tibet’ and ‘Angel’ are basically one piece, and a great opener to this heavily Oriental album. ‘Valley of Eternity’ is my favorite piece of Marty in any album. It’s epic, and has such beautiful, perfect melodies. ‘Night’ is a cool track, and has great passionate solos towards the end. I’m so proud to be a Marty fan.

‘Realm of the Senses’ is my second favorite track. I love the exotic vibrato here. His style of shredding on a clean tone is so powerful. This is just a wonderful track.

‘West,’ influenced by the ‘Marlboro’ commercials I’m guessing, has some really awesome background guitar arpeggios. Another perfect moment in the album.

‘Trance’ is basically a jam tune, I never cared for it actually. It’s a good contrast though, I guess, to ‘Triumph,’ which is a ‘peaceful thunder march.’ A good serene ending for this album.

Marty Friedman, in this and all of his albums, shows that being a good guitarist and musician has nothing to do with genre.

A truly unique phenomenon in guitar-oriented music.

Most of rock fans know Marty Friedman, the lead guitarist of Megadeth, but prior to Megadeth he was already a respected figure in the guitar world for his remarkable work with Jason Becker in Cacophony and his solo album Dragon’s Kiss, where he stood as a melodic player. He takes his melodic playing a step further, releasing a Japanese-new age influenced guitar album. There’s still some rock music here, but most of the album is very mellow, which is a strange thing for a guitar shredder. His playing resembles such guitarists like Uli Jon Roth (check his “Earthquake” album with Electric Sun), applying japanese scales to the guitar(another unusual thing among metal guitarists). In order to enjoy this album, you gotta be very open minded musically. Otherwise, you’ll find this release very boring. It’s not the usual Friedman, and it’s not the usual Shrapnel Records release, which makes the album even more enjoyable and unpredictable. One more detail: Megadeth’s drummer Nick Menza plays here also, and still, there’s no metal music here.
During the 80’s and 90’s there was this sudden burst of guitarists who could actually “play”. Many of them were in bands and needed an album to express themselves. Marty Friedman is one of them. His work with Cacaphony and Megadeth has always been exceptional, but “Scenes” was a huge break from anything he has ever done. I picked up “Scenes” a long time ago and still listen to it from time to time.
“Scenes” isn’t a typical shredder’s album. This is very melodic, if not a symphonic masterpiece that takes you on a sonic journey. Each song ties in with the next from beginning to end as it paints a wonderful tapestry of sound. Everything is wonderfully played out and is mesmorizing. If you are into pure guitar music, you will not be disappointed in this. Pick this up as well as his follow up album, “Introduction”.
Let me start off by saying that I am definitely a metalhead. I love Megadeth’s early stuff and Friedman’s album Dragon’s Kiss.
This is something completely different.
Instead of aggressive and abrasive, this music is docile and smooth. Nearly every song has melodies that can touch your soul. This is very emotional music no doubt. A lot of it is Japanese influenced.
Marty’s structure on this album is that nearly each song slowly builds to a climax of soft power. For example, on “West” (one of my fav songs on the album), he starts on a very melodic melody riff thing, and eventually breaks into a very cool middle section. After a repeat of the middle section, Marty then does a beautiful falling arpeggio over the melody, and it comes out perfectly. Each time repeating this phase, he adds another instrument or touch to the mix.
You will shed a few tears listening to the peaceful sounds of this album. Highly recommended. Its not shreddy, but creative enough to entertain. Just sit back, relax, and listen to Friedman’s magic. A couple o’ highlights are West, Night, Triumph, and Valley of eternity. Also Angel is quite good.
Throughout the 80s I was always buying guitar albums from the latest “shredder”. While these guys had chops most of their albums only contained a couple decent songs with good melodies or catchy riffs. The rest of the album was just pointless wanking. Why? Because they spent too much time practising technique and not enough time on composition. This album contains great playing and great melodies! Some of the solos bring tears to my eyes. It is a very solid album. Much of it has an oriental flavor due to Japanese composer Kitaro’s influence and Marty’s “koto” technique. Other great guitar albums are High Tension Wires (Steve Morse), and Son Of Man (James Byrd).
Over a week ago I got to see Megadeth’s Rust In Peace tour right here in Greensburg, at The Palace Theater (went to see Testament mostly) … it was nice to finally get to see Deth live for the first time, but something was missing … and that someone was Marty Friedman. I remember when I was a kid while my brother was still alive, I’d always steal his walkman and blast Countdown to Extinction just to hear Marty shred(Ashes In Your Mouth would make me go deaf, lol). Eventually I sorta fell away from Deth – wasn’t crazy about the direction they went in terms of sound/style and got into other trash metal groups … Testament … Overkill … Annihilator just to name a few, and have always wondered what happened to Friedman and if he continued his legacy.

I just recently looked him up on Wiki and found he did, indeed, release a bunch of other solo albums after parting with Deth and to be honest … am very glad he decided to walk his own road and release in my opinion some of the best guitar albums ever. Tokyo Jukebox is definitely a hard hitting album I love to death, but I can’t stop listening to Realm of The Senses from this album, the solo in it is just crushing and there’s so much raw emotion in it … I’m sitting here right now listening to it and smoking a Padilla Dominus Robusto, life can’t be any better!

“Scenes” was a turning point in my life as a guitar enthusiast; I recall buying this album when I was in 10th grade (Fall of 2000) following the “Rust in peace” fever that I had for Megadeth the year before.
This album was mesmerizing; I never before have listened to anything as close to its sensuality and well constructed luscious melodies.
I think that I became a different person ever since, and my appreciation to music took a whole different dimension.

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