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Huey Lewis on ‘Radio Moonlight’ ‘Tom – Your CD is really, really good! Congratulations…a few of the tunes sound like they could be good pop songs with lyrics. You should be very proud.’
Lee Ritenour ‘I definitely enjoyed listening to your albums. Great tones and feeling…’
Lawrence Specker, Bay Weekend (Mobile, Alabama) on ‘PLAY’ ‘It’s probably safe to say that if you like Steely Dan, you’d like this – but Riepl definitely maintains his own voice…’
Gitarre&Bass
06/2006
‘No question – Tom Riepl belongs to the best guitaristic all-rounders when it’s about Rock mainstream between Country and Carlton, Morse, Montgomery and Magnum P.I. TV soundtrack – the latter can be heard on a previous album of the Munich based guitarist. Now with ‘Radio Moonlight’ Major Tom starts his own broadcast show, he programmed all instruments, composed most of the tracks and played of course every single guitar tone. And every tone is correct, well, downright perfectly designed into the song. Riepl is a perfectionist and doesn’t run a risk – yet this is missing only at few spots of this successful instrumental album. But then, after a few very well-behaved bars of the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic ‘Free Bird’, he surprises with Country Swing. Yeah, that’s alright, too, when you switch over from night- to morning-radio… A well made album coming in one nice DigiPak – entertaining on a high guitaristic level.

(Review by Lothar Trampert)

Musikexpress
06/2002
‘Possibly the best guitar-rock album recorded in Germany so far … instrumental guitar rock at its very best.’
Soundcheck
12/1994
‘Tom Riepl definitely ranks with the best…’
Vintage Guitar News
Nr. 13, July/August 1998
‘Tom contrived to stand out against the expressionless masses…’


Tom on the cover of Vintage Guitar News
M.G.I. – Munich Guitar Institute
1986
‘Tom Riepl excels especially in his pronounced talent to improvise in the area of Country/Fusion/Jazzguitar and has a distinguishable individual style. I would additionally like to emphasize his composing skills. Generally speaking the sum total of his solistic skills have attained a class that is otherwise reached by few.’
Soundcheck
09/1993
‘Tom Riepl’s new CD is an instrumental album exhibiting great virtuosity with nice power riffs and speedy licks. There are Country, Cajun and Blues elements on this record, but the main theme of the CD is straight Rock. That is the power of this production which always underscores the most important element – Tom Riepl’s guitar.’
Münchner Merkur Journal
18 May 2003
‘You got to have this album unconditionally, especially if you have a spot for excellent guitarists. (…) With *Hollymood* Tom Riepl produced a real lovely piece of instrumental music which proves that he easily could keep up with Joe Satriani. (…) And the brilliant guitar player also shows that he is able to master the most difficult thing in Rock music: never let an album without a singer become boring.’
Frank Gingeleit (Modern Dance Magazine/England)
08/2003
‘To start with Tom Riepl, Tom is a very well respected musician over here with altogether five solo albums. He’s good enough that a well known Japanese guitar company with a Spanish sounding brand name built him a signature guitar, and he’s the author of a regular column in the German musicians’ magazine “Gitarre&Bass” (“Guitar & Bass”). In the CD booklet “Hollymood”, his most recent release, is described as “a guitaristic ear movie in twelve scenes”, and this is exactly what you get. Tom takes you on a ride over the Hollywood Boulevard and inside film studios with relaxed stop-overs in the Burbank area (where they have music rather than film studios)… Most reviews by others I read so far compared Tom’s playing with Steve Morse (who’s not only the current guitarist with Deep Purple but also has his own allstar band, the Dixie Dregs), but I’d like to go even a bit further. For me personally “Hollymood” was the first record within the Fusion genre since Frank Gambale’s “Passages” that instantly filled me with gratitude, joy and respect at the same time. Maybe Frank is still the “master” but in my ears Tom comes quite close to him. Tom has a scenic approach to his musical topics, which means that his guitaristic showcases are not just showcases but have to make musical sense in a composition and that there’s a good portion of musical humor in everything he does, especially when he’s getting “academic” every now and then. Tom combines instrumental as well as compository skills, emphasizing the Rock and the Jazz elements alike. It’s outstanding that there’s not one weak tune on the whole CD. My personal favorite is Tom’s version of the “Rockford Files” theme, yours might be another one. Overall, if you crave decent and sophisticated modern guitar music, you will be highly rewarded with this excellent album.’
Stef Burns (guitar player with Huey Lewis & The News) ‘Great CD – nice tone, nice touch…’
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Articles on Tom and his music have been published in the following magazines:
Fachblatt Musikmagazin
10/1988
CD Review
Tom Riepl / The Only One
Musiker (Gitarre&Bass)
11/1988
Feature
Tom Riepl
Soundcheck
09/1993
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Let The Guitar Do The Talkin’
Gitarre&Bass
10/1993
CD Tips
Tom Riepl / Let The Guitar Do The Talkin’
Soundcheck
04/1994
Local Artist Feature
Tom Riepl
Guitar World (German Edition)
04/1994
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Let The Guitar Do The Talkin’
Soundcheck
12/1994
CD Review
Uncle Ernie / Tom Riepl
Münchner Merkur Journal
23 February 1997
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Planet G.
Süddeutsche Zeitung
26 February 1997
Feuilleton
Tom Riepl / Planet G.
Guitar (German Edition)
03/1997
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Planet G.
Gitarre&Bass
10/1997
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Planet G.
Gitarre&Bass
11/1997
Feature
Tom Riepl
Vintage Guitar News No.12
May/June 1998
CD Tips
Tom Riepl / Planet G.
Vintage Guitar News No.13
July/August 1998
Cover Story
Tom Riepl
Solo-Magazin
10/1998
Tom’s Rack Tips
Soundcheck
11/1998
News
Gitarre&Bass
03/1999
News / Messe Preview
Gitarre&Bass
01/2000
Story
Tom Riepl – The Bavarian Boy And His Signature Guitar
Vintage Guitar News No. 24
July / August / September 2000
Feature
Tom Riepl And His Ibanez Signature Guitar
Vintage Guitar News No. 26
January / February / March 2001
CD Review
Doctor J. / Tom Riepl / Acoustified
Gitarre&Bass
04/2001
CD Review
Doctor J. / Tom Riepl / Acoustified
Akustik Gitarre
05/2001
CD Review
Doctor J. / Tom Riepl / Acoustified
Soundcheck
06/2001
CD Review
Doctor J. / Tom Riepl / Acoustified
musikexpress
July 2002
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Hollymood
Soundcheck
09/2002
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Hollymood
Gitarre&Bass
09/2002
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Hollymood
Gitarre&Bass
10/2002
Interview
Tom Riepl
Gitarre&Bass
11/2002
Stringbound
Hollymood
Gitarre&Bass
12/2002
Stringbound
‘The Making Of Hollymood
Music Outlook
05/2003
Interview
Tom Riepl
Münchner Merkur Journal
18 May 2003
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Hollymood
Modern Dance Music Magazine
08/2003
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Hollymood
Barikada World Of Music
06/2005
Interview
tri Tom @ Barikada
Die Musikseite
29 April 2006
Feature
tri Tom Riepl / Radio Moonlight
Münchner Merkur Journal
6 May 2006
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Radio Moonlight
Gitarre&Bass
06/2006
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Radio Moonlight
German Rock News
06/2006
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Radio Moonlight
Barikada World Of Music
06/2006
Feature & Presentation
tri Tom Riepl / Radio Moonlight
Gitarre&Bass
07/2006
MOONBOUND (Column)
Tom Riepl & Radio Moonlight
musikexpress
09/2006
CD Review
Tom Riepl / Radio Moonlight
Gitarre&Bass
10/2007
Test/Review
Tom Riepl Signature Overdrive Pedal
PNP FEUILLETON
26 August 2008
Concert Review
tri Tom Riepl & Full House
Schöner Bayerischer Wald
(Local Magazine)
Jan./Feb. 2009
Portrait
Tom Riepl
Gitarre&Bass
07/2009
News Writeup
Carvin & Riepl
Gitarre&Bass
Ibanez Special
2009
Interview
tri Tom Riepl
PREMIER Guitar
September 2009
Interview
tri Tom Riepl
Bay Weekend
(Mobile, Alabama)
8 March 2012
Story/Studio Report
tri Tom Riepl
Gitarre&Bass
07/2012
CD Short Review
Tom Riepl / PLAY>
Gitarre&Bass
07/2012
News Writeup
Ladner Tomtone Amp
Straubinger Tagblatt
6 July 2012
Story / CD Review
Tom Riepl / PLAY>
PNP
19 July 2012
Story / CD Review
Tom Riepl / PLAY>
Bay Weekend
(Mobile, Alabama)
26 July 2012
CD Review
tri Tom Riepl / PLAY>
Good Times
Nr.4, Aug/Sep 2012
CD Review
tri Tom Riepl / PLAY>
Gitarre&Bass
09/2012
Stringbound Special PLAY>
Lee Ritenour & Tom Riepl
Grand GTRs
2/2013
Test/Review Tomtone Deluxe
Tom’s Signature Amp
Sense Magazine/Alabama
August 2013
Reference in Article
Glamorous Guitars
Barikada World Of Music
08/2016
Feature & CD Review
tri Tom Riepl / PLAY>
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…and approx. 300+ features in local newspapers, magazines and books.
Not to forget Tom’s 180+ ‘STRINGBOUND’ and ‘SMART COUNTRY GUITAR’ columns in Gitarre&Bass magazine.
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