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Monthly Archives: July 2002

Blackbox Effects Inferno, X-Ray, Cobalt, Ultraviolet 2, Oxygen

Stimulating sounds
 

During a recent chat with our friends at Willie’s Gui-tars, Minneapolis, we were turned on to an interesting new line of boutique stompboxes made by Blackbox Music Electronics – a small company based in their hometown. Each pedal is handmade, handwired, and handpainted. We (more…)

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Otis Rush & Magic Sam – Classic Cobra 56-58 and Cobra and Chief 57-19

 

These two collections of early sides by the great guitarists Otis Rush and “Magic” Sam Maghett are pure fire-and-brimstone blues. They showcase the artists when they were young and (more…)

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Kurt Rosenwinkel – The Enemies of Energy

 

Rosenwinkel is a jazz guitarist. That said, this CD proves he’s willing to go anywhere for his musical muse. There’s not much of a chance to pigeonhole him. From killer bop on the title cut and “Cubism,” (more…)

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Monster Magnet

Dave Wyndorf, Ed Mundell, and Phil
 

Just when you were losing faith in hard rock; just when the charts are choking on post-grunge whiners, along comes a band not afraid to rock. Enter Monster Magnet – a punk-o-delic space metal supernova belching out (more…)

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Peter Case and Friends – Avalon Blues Tribute to Mississippi John Hurt

 

When the names of influential guitar players come up, Mississippi John Hurt is rarely in the top 10. That’s wrong. This new CD, the brainchild of Peter Case, makes a strong point (more…)

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Orville Gibson’s Handmade 1906 Artist Mandolin

Proving a Point
 

This instrument, bearing a handwritten label reading “Made by O.H. Gibson 1906 Kalamazoo Mich” is arguably the most elaborate scroll-model mandolin ever made by Orville Gibson. The 1906 date is of interest because it is well after the 1902 incorporation of the (more…)

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Orville Gibson’s Handmade 1906 Artist Mandolin

Proving a Point
 

This instrument, bearing a handwritten label reading “Made by O.H. Gibson 1906 Kalamazoo Mich” is arguably the most elaborate scroll-model mandolin ever made by Orville Gibson. The 1906 date is of interest because it is well after the 1902 incorporation of the (more…)

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Hadden Sayers Band

 

The press material with this CD says Sayers has been a fixture on the Houston rock scene for some time. One quick listen and it’s not hard to figure out why. Very tight arrangements of catchy tunes, with excellent playing (more…)

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Electro-Harmonix’s Mike Matthews

EH is Back!
 

EH is back!” So ran the ad copy for the Electro-Harmonix Corporation in the early 1980s. By that time, the company had been in business well over 10 years and their extensive line of affordable, innovative effects pedals were standard issue for (more…)

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John Mayall – Best: 64-69, Drivin’ On: ABC 75-82, Silver Tones: Deram, MCA, Silvertone

 

The flurry of greatest hits collections showcasing John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers is exciting – and confusing. Here’s a quick primer. The first Best of covers (more…)

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