Author Archives: Pete Prown

Steve Howe


It’s been 45 years since Steve Howe joined Yes, but in 1975, he launched a parallel solo career that’s still going strong. For this collection, Howe has picked 33 of his favorite solo tracks, many of which are wonderfully quirky, yet display his agile, dizzying guitar (more…)

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Crucial Audio Echo-Nugget

Things Just Got Serious
Crucial Audio Echo-Nugget

Crucial Audio Echo-Nugget Price:$799 (list) Contact: www.crucialaudio.com It’s hard not to be impressed by the physical presence of the Crucial Audio Echo-Nugget. Unlike typical small-footprint stompboxes, the Echo-Nugget is a beast, measuring approximately 6″ x 8″ x 3″ and weighing a few pounds. Before (more…)

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Gentle Giant

Live at the Bicentennial 1776-1976

There were plenty of rock virtuosos in the ’70s, but Gentle Giant was a band apart, as you can hear in this radio broadcast from 1976. Each member was a multi-instrumentalist capable of melodic grace and terrifyingly complex passages. Gary Green was the main guitarist, but (more…)

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Black Star Riders

The Killer Instinct

A few years ago, a rejuvenated lineup of Thin Lizzy hit the road, earning great acclaim thanks to longtime Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham, singer Ricky Warwick (The Almighty), and later, co-riffer Damon Johnson (Brother Cane). When it came to recording a studio album on their (more…)

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Musicvox MI-5 12-String

That Timeless Jangle

The Musicvox MI-5 12-String Price: $899 Info: www.musicvox.com. Since its appearances in the Austin Powers movies, Musicvox guitars have received a cachet for cool ’60s hipness and wicked space-age designs. Their latest axe, the MI-5 12-string, continues that tradition with a double-cutaway body shape that (more…)

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Live At Orion

Hailing from Indonesia, SimakDialog is one of the best jazz-rock bands on the planet and this two-CD live set proves it. This performance features virtuosic playing from lead guitarist Tohpati and electric-piano master Riza Arshad, along with bass and three percussionists playing traditional instruments. If you didn’t know better, you might think this is a […]

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McElroy OM Model

OM, Gee!

McElroy OM Model Price: $7,500 (base; $8,500 as reviewed) Info: www.mcelroyguitars.com. Brent McElroy is a Seattle luthier specializing in high-quality acoustics. One of them, the OM Model from his Generation 2 series, is inspired by old-school Martins. The concert-body guitar sports a bear-claw Adirondack spruce (more…)

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Rock or Bust

With the sad news that rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young is battling dementia and will never play again, the future of AC/DC lingered in doubt. But, on Rock Or Bust, Angus Young and his mates brought aboard nephew Stevie, an Aussie who does a perfect job keeping (more…)

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Big Lazy

Don't Cross Myrtle

The guitar universe has been inundated with all things “retro” for the past decade, but the all-instrumental trio Big Lazy gives it a fresh spin. Old-school twang meets gritty Hollywood-soundtrack music here, with guitarist Stephen Ulrich offering a slow, drawling style and fat vintage tones. A (more…)

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Pink Floyd and Australian Pink Floyd Show

The Endless River and Live at Hammersmith

It’s not easy being a Floyd fan in 2015. The band’s best work lies 40 years in the past, yet there are still choices to be made. First up is their latest – and likely final – studio album, The Endless River, a mostly instrumental affair (more…)

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