Life And Other Games


I first became aware of Australian guitarist Kevin Peek thanks to his appearance on the 1977 Hank Marvin Guitar Syndicate, an Lp which featured Hank backed by a star-studded guitar orchestra with great British players like Vic Flick, Alan Parker, Herbie Flowers and Kevin Peek. A year later Peek and Flowers would join forces with classical guitar icon John Williams and form Sky, the first truly orchestral instrumental rock group from England. Pairing Peek’s electric guitar and Williams on classical guitar, Sky began releasing a series of unbeatable albums in 1979 and hit their zenith just around the dawn of the CD, around 1984. Complimenting his Sky work, Peek would go on to record several solo albums during that incredibly important mid ‘80s era including his 1982 masterpiece, Life And Other Games. Featuring one atmospheric or driving instrumental after another, Life And Other Games came out in Europe and Japan and fell into obscurity, becoming Peek’s final album. Long heralded as an instrumental rock classic, Life And Other Games has remained an illusive CD reissue until England’s Voiceprint finally released it, sans historical info, in 2008. One of the finest classical rock electric guitarists of the early ‘80s, Peek with Williams made a formidable team together in Sky and as latecomers can now hear, Peek kept those Sky high standards on Life And Other Games.


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