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Monthly Archives: April 2002

Reverend Rumblefish Bass

Striking semi-acoustic

The Rumblefish is an electric bass model from Reverend Guitars, out of Michigan. This is a striking semi-acoustic in the best tradition of Danos and Silvertones, but has the finesse and feel of a $2,000 guitar – really impressive ergonomic body design, light and resonant due to its hollow design and phenolic composition, with twin […]

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Howard Roberts

Howard Roberts and the Black Guitar

Webster’s Dictionary defines genius as “…a person gifted with extraordinary powers of intellect, imagination or invention.” The definition could as easily be applied to describe Howard Roberts – virtuoso guitarist, innovative educator, and indefatigable inventor. Roberts was a guitarist’s guitarist, many things to many people, and enjoyed three highly distinguished and influential careers. He was […]

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INXS – Shine Like It Does: The Anthology 1979-1997


A completely beautiful package for a band that really deserves the recognition. In the 1980s and ’90s, these Australian rockers made perfect pop/rock records that were laced with funk, soul, and R&B. They weren’t always like that. The first parts of disc one of this two-disc set show a band that appears to want to […]

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The Jayhawks – Sound of Lies


Everyone assumed with the departure of Mark Olson the Jayhawks would fold up their tent and go their own ways. Well, this terrific CD takes care of any such rumor. The band carries on fine. The sound is a little more pop/rock, even Beatle-esque, in some areas. As always, Gary Louris has written some great […]

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Teisco Guitars, Part I

Rock 'n' Roll Dreams, Part I

Few non-American guitar brands have meant so much to so many American guitar buffs as Teisco guitars. Indeed, through their mid-’60s connection with the Sears and Roebuck company, many a modern guitar player learned his or her first chops on a Silvertone made in Japan by the Teisco company. Nevertheless, for years Teiscos were the […]

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Otis Rush

Widest Sweep in the Blues

All Your Love, I Miss The Lovin’.” The year was 1956, the label was Cobra, and all of Chicago was rocking to the deft little tune, along with blues hipsters all over the country. This came smokin’ in right on the heels of other smashes like “I Can’t Quit You Baby,” “My Love Will Never […]

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The Halibuts/Jon and the Nightriders – Life on the Bottom/Fiberglass Rocket


If you haven’t noticed, there’s a Surfin’ comeback goin’ on. We get tons of CDs from bands that play it; some good, some not-so-good, and some in-between. Here are two excellent ones. The Halibuts are from Southern California and play great reverb-drenched surf stuff like “Caldera,” “Suicide Bay,” and “Fire One!” But, they do vary […]

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Buddy Guy – Heavy Love & Buddy’s Blues 1979-82


Buddy Guy’s latest CD, Heavy Love, sounds like he’s doing his darndest to wrestle the blues guitarslinger crown back from the late, great Luther Allison. Before his death, Allison proved himself the hardest working blues guitarist around, even eclipsing the famous Guy by sweeping the W.C. Handy awards the past three years. Buddy now serves […]

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Jerry Jones Master Electric Sitar

High-quality build, authentic groove

If you’ve always wanted to learn the sitar, but could never quite scrape up the cash to fly to India and study with the Maharishi for several years, then you’ll be happy to know that with the skills you already have and a Jerry Jones Master Electric Sitar, you can chase such famous riffs as […]

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Mark Doyle – Guitar Noir


I love this. Doyle has been in the music biz for some time. His first band, Jukin’ Bone, made a couple of obscure albums for RCA in the early ’70s and in the ’80s he did tons of session dates for the likes of Hall and Oates, Judy Collins, Leo Sayer, and others. He’s toured […]

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