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Monthly Archives: May 2005

Tommy Emmanuel

Advocate of the Atkins Legacy

Experiencing a Tommy Emmanuel performance is one of those “You-shoulda-been-there” musical epiphanies. Emmanuel strides onstage with his acoustic guitar, displaying a self-assured countenance under his widow’s peak, and proceeds to mesmerize. The Australian is also one of the privileged few pickers who recorded a duo album with the legendary Chet Atkins; their 1997 Columbia release, […]

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Bob Dylan – The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 & Bob Dylan Live 1975

The Bootleg Series, Vol. 5 & Bob Dylan Live 1975

Bob Dylan. Easily the most influential single musician of the second half of the 20th century, his name conjures a melange of images. Dylan has never confined himself to one kind of music. At various times he has appeared as a fingerpicking folk purist, protest-song singer, rock innovator, roots spelunker, and country crooner. Throughout his […]

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Evan Johns and The Hillbilly Soul Surfers – Moontan


Roots rock wild man Evan Johns returns with a taut but tasty trick bag that should fire the faithful, and make a few new friends, too. The sensibility that infused “Ugly Man” is proudly evident on the slide guitar-greased title track, and the hilarious take on staying sober amid temptation, “Dear Doc.” Anyone who got […]

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Roy Buchanan – American Axe – Live In 1974


It’s not too far of a stretch to say Roy Buchanan was one of the most unique guitar players in the past 40 years. This recording, done at two shows in 1974, does nothing to dispel that. Very few rock guitarists were delving into the world of chromatics like he does on “Too Many Drivers.” […]

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Frank Moriarty – Seventies Rock: A Decade of Creative Chaos

Seventies Rock: A Decade of Creative Chaos

It’s the music many of us grew up on. But it was different from the ’60s. The Beatles were over, Jimi and Janis were dead, and the feel-good ethos of Woodstock had given way to the dark mood of Altamont. Rock music was splintering into a myriad of categories and subcategories, defined as much for […]

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1978 Dean Z


The mid 1970s were a turbulent time in guitar history. The American guitar establishment – at least Gibson and Fender – was owned by big corporations that tended to run them as profit centers. At the least, quality control was less than perfect, leading Japanese manufactures to capitalize with excellent “copies.” But imports weren’t the […]

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Tone Tubby 4×12

Sweet, full tones from funky hemp cones

Northern California’s A Brown Soun has been repairing speakers for nearly 30 years. Founded in 1974 by John Harrison, the company was named after the way Harrison “sees” sounds – as colors. And his favorite sound is a ’59 Gibson Les Paul played through a dimed Marshall stack. That tone, in his eyes/ears, is a […]

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Various Artists – Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Power Of Soul: A Tribute To Jimi Hendrix

Only the second tribute album officially sanctioned by the Hendrix Estate, this joins 1993′s Stone Free as a fundraiser for the United Negro College Fund scholarship that bears the guitar legend’s name. Of its 16 cuts, only two have been previously released, and the CD was co-produced by Earth, Wind & Fire alumnus Sheldon Reynolds […]

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Wolfetone Pickups P-90, Alnico II, and V-Mag humbucker


Wolfetone pickups are relatively new to the market, but go right to the heart of what vintage tone freaks seek. In an increasingly competitive aftermarket pickup environment, Wolfetone’s units offer all the amenities shared by the best pickups out there, like hand-wound coils, 42-gauge (in this case, Elektrisola) wire, and Alnico magnets. We recently gave […]

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Robert Bradley and Blackwater Surprise – Still Lovin’ You

Still Lovin' You

I hate to sound like an old guy, but this band really makes me nostalgic for the old days. Every album by them is solid. Just really good musicians making good music. No annoying studio tricks and gimmicky dance sounds. Just good music in the pop/rock vein. And, on their latest release, they’ve taken a […]

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