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Michael Schenker

Acoustic Album, Electric Gear

One of the most influential guitarists in hard rock history, Michael Schenker has imbued the music of UFO, Scorpions, and his own MSG with soaring, light-speed guitar solos. More recently, he released Gipsy Lady, an album by his Schenker-Barden Acoustic Project, one of several non-electric projects he’s (more…)

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Peerless Retromatic

Modern Vintage
Peerless Retromatic

Peerless Retromatic Price: $1,699 Info: www.peerlessguitars.eu While many new guitars of the last decade have touted authentic (or semi-authentic) “retro” features, the Peerless Retromatic represents an evolution in the retro-guitar revolution. That’s because in addition to its sexy design and vintage-inspired accoutrements, the Retromatic is (more…)

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Al Di Meola


Throughout his 40-year career, Al Di Meola has worked in several different styles, the common denominator being Latin music. On this new album, he delves into what might be termed his “World Sinfonia” style, based on his Latin-world group of the past (more…)

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Alan Ravenscroft

The Ritchie Blackmore Story

This rockumentary delves into the career of the enigmatic Deep Purple guitar hero, from his early ’60s session work through Deep Purple, Rainbow, and recent work with Blackmore’s Night. Beer in hand, Ritchie is interviewed extensively, offering his typically dour, but amusing takes (more…)

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Steve Morse

Blazing Ahead with Deep Purple

While many classic British bands have hung up their spurs, Deep Purple is not only fully active after 45 years, but absolutely thriving. The group regularly tours around the planet and features rock and roll icons like front man Ian Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, and drummer Ian Paice. On guitar, Steve Morse has been with […]

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Howard Massey

The Great British Recording Studios
Recording History

Recording studios comprise the secret history of rock and roll, those clandestine lairs where many of the greatest albums of our lifetimes were recorded. If you’re an avid liner-notes reader, you already know most of the greatest British studios by heart: Abbey Road (more…)

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David Gilmour

Rattle That Lock

This is David Gilmour’s fourth solo album – although some argue that the last three Pink Floyd albums (recorded without Roger Waters) were ostensibly Gilmour solo sets. Floyd or not, this record captures Gilmour’s brand of serene rock and ballads, and works on (more…)

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Spencer Kirkpatrick

Jammin’ Southern Hero
Spencer Kirkpatrick

In the ’70s, Hydra was a Southern-rock band that owed more to the heavy British blues of Cream and Free than Skynyrd. Its secret weapon was lead guitarist Spencer Kirkpatrick, a player whose licks led the band through three LPs before it disappeared. Today, Spencer continues (more…)

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Dean Zelinsky Tagliare Z-Glide Custom

Future Tense
Dean Zelinsky Tagliare Z-Glide Custom

Dean Zelinsky Tagliare Z-Glide Custom Price: $793 (as reviewed) Contact: deanzelinsky.com Every so often, a builder gives the art of guitar design a firm shove into the future. The Dean (more…)

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John Abercrombie

The First Quartet

John Abercrombie is one of our unsung heroes of jazz-rock, and this gorgeous three-CD reissue amply proves it. His Quartet recorded three albums from 1978 to ’80, all included here: Arcade, Abercrombie Quartet, and M. The foursome plays the kind of graceful fusion (more…)

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