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Monthly Archives: May 2005

Bad Cat Mini Cat

Little Kittie With Bite
 

The Bad Cat amplifier company’s Mini Cat is a small unit designed for many things, including practice, recording, or use as a preamp. Bad Cat has established itself as one of the leaders in class A amplifier design. In August (more…)

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The Pretty Things – Come See Me: The Very Best Of The Pretty Things

Come See Me: The Very Best Of The Pretty Things
 

England’s Pretty Things are probably best known to American audiences as the answer to the trivia question, “Who was the Rolling Stones’ original bassist?” (The Pretty Things’ lead (more…)

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The Blasters – Live: Going Home

Live: Going Home
 

The Blasters were one of the greatest American rock bands ever. I’m also of the opinion that their lead guitarist and main songwriter, Dave Alvin, is one of today’s finest writers. That started with some great songs he penned with (more…)

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Dick Boak – Martin Guitar Masterpieces

Martin Guitar Masterpieces
 

Martin guitars are revered, collected, and played by performers, singers, songwriters and by legions of avid collectors and enthusiasts. If there has been a hallmark for Martin guitars over the years, it is that the guitars were plainly adorned. No expense was spared on (more…)

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The Bottle Rockets – Brand New Year and Leftovers

Brand New Year and Leftovers
 

If you didn’t know better, you’d swear after hearing the first few bars of “Nancy Sinatra,” the opening song on the Bottle Rockets’ Brand New Year, that you were listening to an unearthed early recording from ZZ (more…)

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Epiphone Deluxe Archtop

 

Webster’s latest defines the word “deluxe” as “…notably luxurious, elegant, or expensive.” The Epiphone Deluxe archtop guitar was certainly luxurious. When introduced in 1931, it sported a triple-bound top with rope-pattern purfling, fancy diamond-and-triangle position markers on the neck, a bound “Masterbilt” headstock inlaid with (more…)

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Scotty Moore

Can't Keep a Good Man Down
 

As the world marks the 50th Anniversary of the recording of “That’s Alright Mama,” one can’t help but wonder what life would be like today if Scotty Moore had told Sam Phillips he didn’t think much (more…)

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Bernie Williams – The Journey Within

The Journey Within
 

Yes, Bernie Williams plays center field for my beloved New York Yankees. And while many revel in the fact they were defeated in the World Series, Bernie can take solace in the fact that he has released a pretty good record, (more…)

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The Yardbirds – Birdland

Birdland
 

It’s hard not to be skeptical over every “reunion” that comes along when you’ve got Toad The Wet Sprocket reuniting after all these years – five to be exact. If that’s a reunion, then ZZ Top reunites every time they put out an album. That (more…)

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Tom Principato – Anniversary DVD: Celebrating 40 Years

Anniversary DVD: Celebrating 40 Years
 

Tom Principato is one of those guitarists who has been around for a long time. He’s on the fringe of lots of stuff, has played with tons of great guitarists, and makes pretty darn good records. Oh yeah, (more…)

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