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Monthly Archives: March 2003

Kenny Burrell – Lucky So and So

 

Here’s the latest from a true legend. Kenny’s been doing it for so long, and doing it as well as or better than everyone else, that it’s foolish to even think there’d be something bad to say about this release. And there really isn’t. there is something a little different about it, though. Kenny sings […]

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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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The Byrds – The Byrds Play Bob Dylan

 

If it wasn’t for the Byrds, Bob Dylan might never have become the musical icon he is. They were the earliest to re-cast his material into raucous rock and roll. From the opening electric 12-string lick on “All I want to Do” it’s abundantly clear why these Byrd’s versions were so popular. Covering material from […]

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The Acoustic

Black Widow
 

In the late ’60s, when Domino guitars were fading away, tube amplifiers were out of vogue. Old technology, man! Cool bands played through solidstate amps that delivered lots of clean power with none of that awful tube distortion. Cool bands played through Standels and tuck-and-rolled Kustoms. Entire bands were run through a single 350-watt Mosrite […]

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The Acoustic

Black Widow
 

In the late ’60s, when Domino guitars were fading away, tube amplifiers were out of vogue. Old technology, man! Cool bands played through solidstate amps that delivered lots of clean power with none of that awful tube distortion. Cool bands played through Standels and tuck-and-rolled Kustoms. Entire bands were run through a single 350-watt Mosrite […]

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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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Aerosmith

A Retrospective
 

Aerosmith was formed in the summer of 1970 in Sunapee, New Hampshire, when Jam Band bassist Tom Hamilton and guitarist Joe Perry got together with vocalist Steven Tyler. Shortly after, Joey Kramer was recruited as their drummer and guitarist Brad Whitford was brought in to round out the lineup. In an effort to launch their […]

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Chicago – Chicago I, Chicago II, Chicago III

 

I hear all you naysayers. You’re going, “Wait. This is a guitar mag, and you’re reviewing three albums by a lame pop band?” Well, that may be partially true. But these are the first three efforts by an excellent pop/rock band that featured one of the best and most underrated rock guitarists of his generation […]

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Fender Clapton and Beck Strats

Slowhand meets El Becko
 

Fender’s Signature line of Strats and Teles have always been of great interest to guitar players, and are now even more so since they’ve updated the Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck signature Stratocasters. What’s different, you ask? The Clapton Strat is fitted a trio of Fender’s new Vintage Noiseless pickups, which complement its powerful active-tone […]

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Carl Verheyen – Solo Guitar Improvisations

 

I guess Carl is mostly known for his soaring electric work that shows off terrific chops and great compositional skills. Here, things are a bit different. It’s mostly just him and an acoustic performing songs by other folks with a few originals thrown in. Carl explains on the liner notes what many of us end […]

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