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Brad Gillis – Alligator [2001]


“Alligator” is the second and latest to date solo album of American guitar hero Brad Gillis, originally released in 2000 by “Frontiers” records. Brad Gillis, an established guitar prodigy having served as Ozzy’s axeman in 1981 while also enjoying mainstream success throughout the 80s as a member of AOR/ melodic rock sensation “Night ranger”.

“Alligator” released at a time when “Nightranger” were inactive featured beyond the guitarist, “Nightranger” drummer/vocalist Kelly Keagy and lead singer Gary Moon who had sung on the band’s 1995 album. So apart from being a Gillis solo album, “Alligator” could easily be categorized as a `Nightranger” side-project. Still the overall sound is not quite the typical “…Ranger” style; For that matter the album is strongly guitar oriented while leaving the polished AOR sound for a thicker, totally hard rocking production.

There is an emphasis on guitar riffs and solos as well as choruses, being a huge plus for the album. On “Alligator” Brad uncovers a great deal of his technique, vibrato based shredding/soloing proving once again a genuine talent of the instrument. In particular I would go as far as saying that the song “Eyes” has one of the greatest guitar solo ever throwing impossible vibrato harmonics and speeding melodies. Other strong melodic hard rockers are “Circle of light” and “Heart shaped wings”.

Overall “Alligator” is a must for “Nightranger” fans as well as enthusiast of hard rockĀ guitarist/ songwriter albums like Gary Moore, John Sykes Kane Roberts and Paul Sabu.

Band Members
Brad Gillis – Guitars, Bass, Keys, B3, Synth, Vocals, Percussion
Gary Moon – Lead Vocals, Bass, Ukeie
Mark Mcgee – Guitar
Jim Hawthorne – Keyboards\Kelly Keagy Drums
Ronnie Seiff – Drums

01. Alligator (5:16)
02. Bigger Than Life (5:14)
03. Heart-Shaped Wings (4:48)
04. Survive (4:30)
05. Circle Of Light (5:16)
06. (Your Eyes Are The Window) Eyes (5:46)
07. Chain Gang (4:35)
08. Still (4:50)
09. Tanbark Tyrant (4:43)
10. Leap Of Faith (3:48)

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