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Monthly Archives: June 2002

Los Lobos – El Cancionero – Mas y Mas

 

There’s a new four-CD retrospective con-taining 86 tracks, clocking in at five hours, spanning a dozen albums by one of the greatest bands in rock history. These guys reveal deep roots without pickling them in formaldehyde, are eclectic masters rather than mere dabblers, and are old farts who are still cutting-edge but never trendy. The […]

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Larry Carlton/Steve Lukather – No Substitutions

 

I don’t really know what to say about this one. It’s just a good, old-fashioned jam by a couple of great guitarists. To no one’s surprise, they’re both up to the task. The five songs here cover almost an hour that’s never boring and showcases the different talents of Carlton, who definitely is concentrating on […]

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Stephen Bruton – Nothing But The Truth

 

I love when records like this happen. I loved this when I first heard it, and subsequent listens revealed more great things. Bruton is well-known as a guitarist and ace producer from Austin. He’s had a rep for being tasteful and reliable, and this album won’t hurt that. The songs here are nothing short of […]

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Nels Cline

Avant-jazz Punk terrosist
 

Avant noise terrorist with a jazz jones; improv worshipper; atomic flamethrower hurling molten punk-infused spit balls. Guitarist Nels Cline fits all three bills. And that’s barely scratching the surface. Working in a wide range of styles, from straight-ahead, frenzied post-punk destruction to free jazz to soundscape/noise experimentation, the Los Angeles-based Cline might just be the […]

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Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser – Wanted! The Outlaws

 

The Outlaws set is a reissue of the classic 1976 LP featuring Waylon, Willie Nelson, Tompall Glaser, and Waylon’s wife, Jessi Colter. The original album blew the lid off of conservative country and paved the way for the likes of Steve Earle. He pays the compliment back by producing a new cut for the CD, […]

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Pat Martino – Live at Yoshi’s

 

I’ve always found it hard to review Pat’s records. He’s one of those almost mystical players who always play so brilliantly, before and after his health problems, that it just seems silly to even comment on his records. This album leaves me feeling the same way. It’s just an out-and-out blowing session with Pat, the […]

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Waylon Jennings – The Essential Waylon Jennings

 

RCA is doing a really nice job re-releasing some country stuff with their “essential” series. They’ve put out a ton of them already, and I’m sure there’ll be more to come. This Waylon Jennings set has 20 great cuts covering 1968 to 1994. It’s a real nice representation of what made him a legend of […]

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Del Casher

Wah-Wahs, Ecco-Fonics and the W Coast Studio Scene
 

Photo: Preston L. Gtatiot PART 1 …and other earlier gizmos as well. Del Casher (nee Del “Kacher;” the reasons for the name change are forthcoming) has for decades been a fixture in Los Angeles-area studios, and he was a pioneering player in the use of more than one device for musicians (particularly guitar players). Some […]

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Paul Johnson – Liquid Blues

 

Having played a pivotal role in the development of instrumental surf music in the early ’60s with his band, the Belairs (best-remembered for the Johnson-penned classic “Mr. Moto”), and having presaged any notion of a “surf revival” with a 1980 album called Pray For Surf (a solo effort released under the group name The Packards […]

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Bedrock Royal Series

Steve and G.E.'s Excellent Adventure
 

One of the standouts at this year’s NAMM Show in California was the new retro series of amplifiers from Bedrock. Derived from an uncommon formula (in other words, not just another tweed Fender wannabe), and putting 100 percent effort into an original sound and look, the Royale Series literally had people crowding into the corridors […]

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