Beer for Dolphins

Half Alive in Hollywood

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AllMusic Review by Tom Schulte

This is a dense, 2-CD set. Let's look at disc one. Here, BFD offers itself on the operating table to student engineers at the Musicians' Institute in Hollywood, CA. Keneally's detailed notes are everything the studio engineer and Keneally-buff need. If you just want to appreciate Mike's rabid feats of guitar science in arrangement and improvisation, don't pay attention to the notes. You will not hear half the things he's talking about, anyway. Plenty of false starts and studio talk. In my book, Keneally is up there with Steve Vai and Johnny "Guitar" Watson in terms of knowing his instrument. To hear him and his group Beer for Dolphins unadorned is a stunning guitar rock experience. You can't just put any trio in an unfamiliar setting and get material like this. Complex, fascinating - musical alchemists in the conjuring process. The second disc is recorded live at the Institute. It's recorded mono. These days, and for this sort of guitar wizardry, completely novel. It sounds fine, though. Like in the opening set for Steve Vai I saw, Keneally trumps out covers of "Power to Love" (Hendrix) and "Immigrant Song" (Led Zeppelin). The trio is 80% tight, and it's a fine exhibition of multi-note guitar mania. The CD closes with a Boil That Dusk Speck era studio version of "Vent."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 03:23 Amazon
2 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 00:23 Amazon
3 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:34 Amazon
4 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 06:11 Amazon
5 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 05:28 Amazon
6 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 05:59 Amazon
7 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:17 Amazon
8 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 08:09 Amazon
9 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 00:30 Amazon
10 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:51 Amazon
11 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:28 Amazon
12 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 01:20 Amazon
13 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 03:39 Amazon
14 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 04:01 Amazon
15 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 01:39 Amazon
16 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:10 Amazon
17 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 03:07 Amazon
18 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:33 Amazon
19 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 01:26 Amazon
20 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 01:02 Amazon
21 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 01:54 Amazon
22 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 05:27 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 01:18 Amazon
2 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 01:14 Amazon
3 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 03:21 Amazon
4 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 05:47 Amazon
5 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 05:06 Amazon
6 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 03:45 Amazon
7 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 05:45 Amazon
8 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:57 Amazon
9 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 07:14 Amazon
10 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:14 Amazon
11 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:47 Amazon
12 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:07 Amazon
13 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 08:27 Amazon
14 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 04:00 Amazon
15 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 06:16 Amazon
16 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 01:23 Amazon
17 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:08 Amazon
18 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 04:47 Amazon
19 Beer for Dolphins feat: Mike Keneally 02:44 Amazon
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