Jason Becker

The Blackberry Jams

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Jason Becker is the protagonist of one of rock & roll's most tragic and inspiring stories, refusing to give up his joie de vivre or his inspirational muse despite being struck down by A.L.S. almost 15 years before this particular release, 2002's The Blackberry Jams. Of course, the fact that Becker's difficult condition has made it impossible for him to pick up, much less play, a guitar in over a decade, predicates that the 31 solos and song-snippets collected here were all committed to tape a long time ago, mostly between 1987 and 1988. Recorded by Becker on his home four-track recorder, this C.D. contains predominantly demo-quality, solo performances on electric, and occasionally, acoustic guitars, and, quite understandably, the fidelity ain't all that. But there's more than enough clarity to get the point across, and some tracks were even augmented here and there by Becker's many friends and supporters, most notably old running mate Marty Friedman. Hardly what you'd call a conventional album; this release provides a living document of a truly great talent, and a uniquely courageous soul.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 0:56 Amazon
2 1:48 Amazon
3 5:32 Amazon
4 4:01 Amazon
5 4:15 Amazon
6 0:50 Amazon
7 1:29 Amazon
8 3:26 Amazon
9 3:17 Amazon
10 0:21 Amazon
11 2:12 Amazon
12 1:44 Amazon
13 0:56 Amazon
14
2:48 Amazon
15 2:42 Amazon
16 1:04 Amazon
17 0:48 Amazon
18 1:33 Amazon
19 4:14 Amazon
20 0:35 Amazon
21 4:50 Amazon
22 1:06 Amazon
23 1:04 Amazon
24 1:38 Amazon
25 5:10 Amazon
26 1:00 Amazon
27 2:49 Amazon
28 4:58 Amazon
29 2:50 Amazon
30 1:14 Amazon
31 2:31 Amazon
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