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Steve Stevens — Run Across Desert Sands
Album: Atomic Playboys
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Released: 1989
Length: 3:31
Plays (last 30 days): 3
(Instrumental)
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EXCELLENT!!  Thanx RP!   
 pinto wrote:


Every time I hear this come on, it initially sounds like John McLaughlin in Shakti, but the weak technique quickly shows the performer to be someone else.


Could the performer using the weak technique possibly be Bugs Bunny?


 




Wow, you are an asshole. Weighing the relative strengths or weaknesses by your own metric is the past time of fools.


bam23 wrote:Every time I hear this come on, it initially sounds like John McLaughlin in Shakti, but the weak technique quickly shows the performer to be someone else.


Could the performer using the weak technique possibly be Bugs Bunny?


 

 dougnichols wrote:


According to Wikipedia, Steve Stevens played lead guitar on the Rebel Yell album.

Looks like Wiki might need correcting.
https://www.albertleatribune.c...
 fredriley wrote:


The cover art looks a similar style to ELP's Brain Salad Surgery album. Was that yer man Geiger as well, anyone know?


His name is H. R. Giger
And yes, he is the designer and painter here too.
Steve Stevens: Atomic Playboys @ Discogs
Who knew SS had flamenco chops.  Excellent!
 christophecroze wrote:

Wonderful music and no commercial. You do a great job, thanks a lot!!!


You have defined Radio Paradise. 
 fredriley wrote:


The cover art looks a similar style to ELP's Brain Salad Surgery album. Was that yer man Geiger as well, anyone know?



Yes, same artist.
 sajitjacob wrote:
Cool H R Geiger cover art


The cover art looks a similar style to ELP's Brain Salad Surgery album. Was that yer man Geiger as well, anyone know?
 the_jake wrote:

Album cover reminds me of "Brain Salad Surgery" by ELP.

perhaps the same artist? 

 psycholynx wrote:

Is the intro to this song from Diablo?!? j/k but if you've played it you probably know what I mean.



Man, I loved the instrumental at the start of the game or when one would respawn at the shack...ahhh the memories   
Album cover reminds me of "Brain Salad Surgery" by ELP.
 Steely_D wrote:


Saw the two of them acoustic duo in SF this year (2019). Lots of fun! Billy can still sing really well. 
But, I didn't know that Stevens didn't do the guitar work for Rebel Yell - it was the Brand X guitarist John Goodsall.


According to Wikipedia, Steve Stevens played lead guitar on the Rebel Yell album.
Holy! Did not know that one too! Wow!
energia allo stato puro - molto bella 
Cool H R Geiger cover art
 psycholynx wrote:
Is the intro to this song from Diablo?!? j/k but if you've played it you probably know what I mean.
 

Holy shit so thís is what I was thinking of! In my mind I was going through all the RP songs I heard before but no, it's definitely from Diablo and consistently hear it in Heroes of the Storm nowadays too. Thanks for clearing that up haha
Wonderful music and no commercial. You do a great job, thanks a lot!!!
Right up there with John McLaughlin. Listen to Shakti.
I misread the artist name; this is definitely not Sufjan
Always love Steve another underrated guitarist
Excellent guitar... but such an odd choice for album cover art. Giger has such a dark and bleak aesthetic; quite unlike this... perhaps the rest of the album is more raw and reflective of his Billy Idol daze edge?
 kaybee wrote:
This is quite nice.

I always wondered what happened to Steve when he and Billy Idol broke up.  Speaking of which, Bill can we hear "Daytime Drama" or "Shooting Stars"?


 

Saw the two of them acoustic duo in SF this year (2019). Lots of fun! Billy can still sing really well. 
But, I didn't know that Stevens didn't do the guitar work for Rebel Yell - it was the Brand X guitarist John Goodsall.
https://www.albertleatribune.c...
I really enjoyed that, but the ending let me down. It just petered out. Was it cut for brevity?
I'm a big fan of the name - Steve Stevens. At least people will always get his name right.

On the other hand, I suffer with a surname that people remember as a first name and I always get called Philip by people I do not see every day. 

Now...  if my parents had called me Philip Phillips I would have been OK. 
YES - I'm such a Steve Stevens fan! 

Then check out his King-Crimson-Red-period-esque trio with - no kidding - Tony Levin and Terry Bozzio! "Black Light Syndrome."
This guy is why Billy Idol was so great. 
Stunning... Just tuned in, didn't see who was up but I knew immediately that it was special. So good to hear him again.
Reminds me, as I'm sure it does many, of Shakti and John McLaughin's projects.
 paulmack wrote:
Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable commenting on someone's technique - even if I could reasonably claim to being competent in an equivalent sense myself. More specifically, I would feel like a total arrogant a-hole if I found myself commenting on the 'weak technique' of any artist.
 
Yes, the technique is masterful, it's the lyrics that seem a little weak to me.
{#Clap}

"Acceptable," teetering on "Ho-Hum" -after listening to the entire Atomic Playboysalbum.


Love the urgent forward momentum in this.
wow, love it!
Wowza!
He sure can play. Not very good  music.
He and Billy in one bag...
Personally, I wouldn't feel comfortable commenting on someone's technique - even if I could reasonably claim to being competent in an equivalent sense myself. More specifically, I would feel like a total arrogant a-hole if I found myself commenting on the 'weak technique' of any artist.
 ick wrote:
Bleyfusz wrote:Looks like Giger, doesn't it?

 
On_The_Beach wrote:

https://www.littlegiger.com/projects/images/elp1.jpg  https://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s32538.jpg

 
Giger was commissioned to do the artwork for the album cover.  He's done a lot of album artwork, as well as guitar designs, sculpture and other things such as furniture.

 
Giger also came up with the original concept for the creature in "Alien." His work is creepy, but brilliant.  As for this song, if I could play even half as well as Steve Stevens, I'd thank my lucky stars and show off every chance I got.  This guy's amazing... {#Sunny}
 bam23 wrote:
Every time I hear this come on, it initially sounds like John McLaughlin in Shakti, but the weak technique quickly shows the performer to be someone else.  



Put this in your technique and smoke it.
Bleyfusz wrote:Looks like Giger, doesn't it?

 
On_The_Beach wrote:

https://www.littlegiger.com/projects/images/elp1.jpg  https://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s32538.jpg

 
Giger was commissioned to do the artwork for the album cover.  He's done a lot of album artwork, as well as guitar designs, sculpture and other things such as furniture.

 Bleyfusz wrote:
Looks like Giger, doesn't it?
 
https://www.littlegiger.com/projects/images/elp1.jpg  https://static.rateyourmusic.com/album_images/s32538.jpg

brilliant! and, hey, it's not even john mclaughlin!
 Bleyfusz wrote:
Looks like Giger, doesn't it?
 
It's like a 'snakey' homage to Li.

bam23 wrote:
...but the weak technique....

Ha ha ha.
 bam23 wrote:
Every time I hear this come on, it initially sounds like John McLaughlin in Shakti, but the weak technique quickly shows the performer to be someone else. When McLaughlin was touring with Shakti (early 1970s), the blazing speed of his acoustic guitar playing was beyond anything done at the time, or since. There are recordings of his that leave this piece far behind. Anyone have any to try and get onto the play list? Further, he was not all about speed, but created some truly entrancing effects.
 
Agree John is just amazing do have a later Shakti about 97 but early stuff was great, also love his stuff with Miles, Paco, Al , Coryell and others but this isn't bad lol just not McLaughlin


I bought this album when it came out way back when after being a fan of his work w/ Idol. This was my fav track off the album
This is quite nice.

I always wondered what happened to Steve when he and Billy Idol broke up.  Speaking of which, Bill can we hear "Daytime Drama" or "Shooting Stars"?


Every time I hear this come on, it initially sounds like John McLaughlin in Shakti, but the weak technique quickly shows the performer to be someone else. When McLaughlin was touring with Shakti (early 1970s), the blazing speed of his acoustic guitar playing was beyond anything done at the time, or since. There are recordings of his that leave this piece far behind. Anyone have any to try and get onto the play list? Further, he was not all about speed, but created some truly entrancing effects.
 uritsukidoji wrote:

Absolutely. Brilliant artist. Not very grandma-friendly to put on your wall though :)
 
And I'm pretty sure he never meant it that way.


 Bleyfusz wrote:
Looks like Giger, doesn't it?
 
Absolutely. Brilliant artist. Not very grandma-friendly to put on your wall though :)
Wow, this interprets my day!
Really cool!
krich58 wrote:
Did somebody say Brain Salad Surgery?
Looks like Giger, doesn't it?
Right on! Love it.
I like this, SO would my spouse! I'm sure!
Some very, very fine accoustic work here..........
Brimmy wrote:
WOW, what a ride!
Well said.
this guy played with billy idiot?!?!?! wow i am impressed with this tune.
Whoa, smooth segue there Bill!!!
I saw him perform this live at After the Goldrush in Tempe, AZ. He'd just left Billy Idol's band. Great guitarist!
Did somebody say Brain Salad Surgery?
Young Michael Hedges, when his busking spot was right next to the espresso cart.
WOW, what a ride!
dude, im trippin. im in the wild west running from the law with my brother cause we are horse thieves. The sand is blasting up all around as we are running another herd through the desert... The law won't catch me because there isn't any out here! wow, edit.. didn't notice the title but that is the F'ing setting I dreamed of when I listened to this. Brilliant!
Virtuoso performance, no doubt, but rather insistent and, eventually, annoying.
"I am not an atomic playboy..."
Another great segue by Bill.
madaxeman wrote:
This was on in the background while I was on the phone.I wish I had heard it properly.
Heard it now........fantastic and now Satch.My cup runeth over.
I haven't heard this song since I lost this tape 17 years ago. Great song on a very mediocre album. Good to hear it again.
..a lot of people say this is rather clinical but man it sure is impressive...this guy is truly amazing live...
Bruce_AK wrote:
When I hear a cut like this, one that thrills me to the bone, I want to hear more -- I want to buy the full artist's recordinig. Yet I wonder, is the entire CD/album as estatic as this single cut? InQueering minds simply MUST know
Forget it! The other songs of this LP/CD are totally different. This is the only one I like. Greetings from Hamburg/Germany
When I hear a cut like this, one that thrills me to the bone, I want to hear more -- I want to buy the full artist's recordinig. Yet I wonder, is the entire CD/album as estatic as this single cut? InQueering minds simply MUST know
Indeed, a tasty morsel leaving me hankering to sample more of this Stevie Steve's delightful recipes!
Although I dont picture this playing in the desert, more like dense forest mountains of South America. Its lovely.
Great Energy and Deft.....love this style!
The WHOLE album is fantastic.
This was on in the background while I was on the phone.I wish I had heard it properly.
wow, this guy is tearin it up!
hobbitt wrote:
Wow! Crank this puppy and vibrate!
Yeah! I had my ears cranked and was bouncing in my chair.
Wow! Crank this puppy and vibrate!
Pyro wrote:
Shades of Al DiMeola or Paco DeLucia... Very nice!
Sounds more like something that could come off of Shatki's "Natural Elements" minus the violin.
Shades of Al DiMeola or Paco DeLucia... Very nice!
Is the intro to this song from Diablo?!? j/k but if you've played it you probably know what I mean.
Geeze I'm embarrassed to say that I recently won tickets to see Billy Idol, and the most memorable part was this guy playing this (or some other flamenco song). Idol was stiff.
When I first saw this, I read "Sufjan Stevens" and I thought I actually found a song of his that I like. I think it's time for a study break.
donmatthews wrote:
My guess is it IS by H.R.Giger, looks just that! Could anybody who has the album check the cover graphics for any reference to H.R.Giger? d.
It is Giger!
Wow, that album cover kind of has a "Metropolis" meets "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow" look, with a hint of "Alien" and a twsit of "Octopussy!" ha!
This sounds great!! Reminds me of an excellent band from Philadelphia, Animus, https://www.animusmusic.com/ They call themselves "world fusion music" although I just call it Great!! Thanks RP for turning me onto something else new agian!
RichardPrins wrote:
Looks like Giger...
My guess is it IS by H.R.Giger, looks just that! Could anybody who has the album check the cover graphics for any reference to H.R.Giger? d.
Looks like Giger...
viperx77 wrote:
What style would you call this? New Age?
maybe in the 1950's...
viperx77 wrote:
What style would you call this? New Age?
You're kidding?
Some of the riffs sound like they're from Yes' 9021Live album...
What style would you call this? New Age?
even cooler guitar!
This is Steve Stevens from Billy Idol's band, yes?
cool cover!