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Monthly Archives: August 2001

Luther Allison – Luther’s Blues

 

Originally released by Motown in 1973, Luther’s Blues was not a big seller. Not that it’s not a great album. It is. But maybe Motown at that time wasn’t the best place to sell a blues record. The young Luther definitely bares some resemblance to the fella who re-emerged in the ’90s and blew away […]

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Kendrick 2210

Big things come in small packages
 

The shipping box reads “Delicate Instrument,” but don’t let that fool you. The Kendrick 2210 is delicate in same way that a surgical scalpel or nitro glycerine are. With explosive power and tone to carve up amps twice its size, this amp is at home in a recording studio or small- to middle-size club. Last […]

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Kendrick 2210

Big things come in small packages
 

The shipping box reads “Delicate Instrument,” but don’t let that fool you. The Kendrick 2210 is delicate in same way that a surgical scalpel or nitro glycerine are. With explosive power and tone to carve up amps twice its size, this amp is at home in a recording studio or small- to middle-size club. Last […]

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Ike Turner & His Kings of Rhythm – Ike’s Instrumentals

 

If it’s true that one’s personality is revealed through one’s music, then Ike Turner is probably every bit the lowdown, badass motor-scooter his reputation implies. And on this collection of rockin’ blues instrumentals from 1954 to ’64, he attacks his Stratocaster with a viciousness unmatched by anyone before or since. Ike may or may not […]

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Various Artists – Hittin’ On All Six

 

If you’re a fan of jazz guitar, especially that from 1920 to 1950, you need to check out Hittin’ On All Six (Proper Records CD Properbox 9), a four-CD set (with a 52-page booklet) featuring 94 songs by well-known players and lesser-known greats like Lonnie Johnson, George Barnes (“Spotlight” May ’95), Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt, […]

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Fender American Standard Strat

 

The American Standard Strat might just be one of the best bargains on the used guitar market. You can find used U.S. Standards for $450 to $550 all day long. And for a quality American-made Strat with great sound and features, this is 100 percent Gigmeister! Every company wants to improve its product, and Fender […]

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The Mystick Krewe of Clearlight – Self Titled

 

Black Sabbath’s jamming with Deep Purple, but Ian Gillian and Ozzy are nowhere in sight (probably getting smashed at the bar), it’s 1972 New Orleans and swampy voodoo’s going down. Captain America and Billy come easy ridin’ back into town for another Mardi Gras an …uh…somebody dosed my drink…and…uh…things are… get-ting…hay-zeeeeeee… Providing the soundtrack for […]

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Ted McCarty

I'm Not a Musician
 

…but the innovations wrought during his tenure with the Gibson guitar company from 1948 to 1965 forever changed the musical landscape for fretted instrument players. As President of Gibson during what many consider the Golden Age of American electric guitars, Ted McCarty designed and/or oversaw the development and production of many legendary instruments in today’s […]

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Sarah Harmer – You Were Here

 

Canadian musicians have long found it necessary to come south to the US of A if they want to make it big. Sarah Harmer is one of a long line of Canadians lured stateside by the siren’s song music machine. Like fellow Canadians, the Bare Naked Ladies, her music is intelligent, quirky, and very much […]

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Tinsley Ellis

A True Keg-Party Jammer
 

It may be the southernmost point in the country, but growing up in southern Florida is neither exciting or exotic for most people (sorry Miami Vice). While things can be downright mundane, it does give you time to invent your own entertainment. Growing up and coming of age in the early ’70s, Tinsley Ellis’ youth […]

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