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"Rolling Head" (Self-produced; 2001)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

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Peter Petchalov is "Stereo Gentleman" and his CD, "Rolling Head" is an interesting blend of instrumental rock. I won't go as far to say it's heavy metal or even hard rock, but it's a fascinating CD nonetheless.

One of my favorite bands has always been Tangerine Dream. Their music scores for the movies, in such films as "Sorcerer," "Thief" and "Legend"  are great scores. Tangerine Dream combined synthesizers and guitars for an incredible sound that not only enhanced the onscreen action, but stood alone on its own as music.

That's what Stereo Gentleman reminds me most of - Tangerine Dream. With electronic backgrounds (sometimes even reaching into the rave/dance genre) and searing guitar solos (not shredding, mind you, but sharp, measured and appropriate solos) Stereo Gentleman tells little stories with each track, stories that don't need words to be told.

The production also deserves recognition here. For a self-produced release, it's absolutely stellar. 

Fans of Tangerine Dream will definitely like what Stereo Gentleman's doing. Others may not. Regardless, it's a strong record for its limited genre. If only this guy could get a few gigs scoring the movies, he'd have it made!

Stereo Gentleman is: Peter Petchalov.

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Rating Guide:

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retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes)retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) So-so. You've heard better.

retinysaw.gif (295 bytes) Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

restinks.jpg (954 bytes) Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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