Curiously released six years after Blues Saraceno's retreat from the virtuoso guitar game, this compilation of the musician's solo work hit store shelves on the same day as the Saraceno-led Transmission OK's major label debut. Thankfully, the track list for The Best of Blues Saraceno does in fact feature the guitar player's greatest instrumental recordings. Solo career highlight "Last Train Out" is accompanied by all the most monstrous cuts from Saraceno's three solo discs, Never Look Back, Plaid, and Hairpick. Other standouts include "The Scratch" and "Chewing on Crayons." Except for a few too many swingin' commercial rock yawners, the material is fresh and full of splendid riffing. Saraceno's gooey tone and keen sense of rhythm (a rare trait among lesser guitar heroes) sets his music apart from the many shred hopefuls who tried unsuccessfully to create musical voices of their own. While generally unknown outside musician circles, Saraceno is that rare artist able to maintain a long career in the competitive world of indie, major label, and session commercial rock. Most importantly, the guitarist accomplished all this on his own terms.
AllMusic Review by Vincent Jeffries