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Monthly Archives: October 2002

Little Milton – Greatest Hits

 

I love Little Milton. I have since I first heard “Feel So Bad.” Any song that starts with the lines “Feel so bad..like a ball game on a rainy day” is alright with me. That song and 15 others recorded for Chess from 1965 to 1969 are included in this set, which is part of […]

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Bad Cat Hot Cat

New Roar in Ampland
 

With a name like Bad Cat and a product pedigree that includes Matchless, our expectations for this new amp line were quite high. So it was with some anxiety that we awaited arrival of Bad Cat’s Hot Cat amp. Bad Cat, which is run by founder and president James Heidrich, entered the game in 2001, […]

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Gruhn’s Guide to Vintage Guitars 2nd Edition

 

You may need a bigger pocket for this ex-panded second edition of Gruhn’s Guide, but you’ll want to have one. The larger-format softcover edition adds over 200 pages with new sections on post-war Dobros, Epi banjos, Gibson amps, Gibson banjos, all Guild instruments, Mosrite, Ovation, National Reso-Phonic, Monteleone, and many other makers. With listings complete […]

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Deborah Coleman – Livin’ On Love

 

Groovy is the word for Deborah Coleman. She’s got the hip sensibility of Joan Armatrading blended with the blues groove of B.B. King. The result is music that moves you. When Coleman released her major-label debut, I Can’t Lose, in ’97, VG‘s review announced, “Deborah Coleman is a triple threat. She combines fresh songwriting, soulful […]

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Ron Asheton

Revisits the fun house
 

what more must be said about the Stooges and guitarist Ron Asheton’s role in crafting the molten landscapes of their albums, The Stooges (1969), Funhouse (1970), and Raw Power (1973)? Twenty-five years before “grunge” became an industry buzzword, the original Stooges – Asheton and his brother, Scott (drums), the late Dave Alexander (bass) and […]

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Buddy and Julie Miller

 

The family that sings together swings together. If that family is the Millers, they do more than just swing; they rock, shimmy, shake, frug, gyrate, and quiver. For readers unfamiliar with this dynamic domestic duo, Buddy Miller is a sideman extraordinaire, lately with Emmylou Harris’ Spyboy band, where he not only supplied blistering hot guitar […]

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Mem Shannon – Memphis In The Morning

 

Once everyone’s favorite cabby in the Cresent City, Mem Shannon is now rapidly making tracks toward the same level of popularity in the contemporary blues idiom. Making his home in Memphis (where is the home of the blues, anyway?), but most assuredly not driving a cab, Shannon’s new release benefits from the brilliant production work […]

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Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Damn the Torpedoes

 

MCA’s reissue of the Heartbreakers albums from ’79 to ’82 is a perfect chance to revisit this album. I’ve always felt this is arguably the best rock album of the past 25 years. Yes, that’s a bold statement, but when you hear the amazing mix of rock and pop, the great songwriting, a brilliant band […]

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Surf Bass

Out of the Doghouse
 

The big twang of surf guitar is still an instantly recognizable rock and roll idiom today, more than 35 years after the style was developed. People who weren’t alive when the pounding tom-toms of “Wipe Out” hit the airwaves know what a “surf beat” is, but ask even the most well-schooled music fan to define […]

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Surf Bass

Out of the Doghouse
 

The big twang of surf guitar is still an instantly recognizable rock and roll idiom today, more than 35 years after the style was developed. People who weren’t alive when the pounding tom-toms of “Wipe Out” hit the airwaves know what a “surf beat” is, but ask even the most well-schooled music fan to define […]

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