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Monthly Archives: November 2005

Audioslave – Audioslave

 

The news that former Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell was joining the three musicians in Rage Against the Machine, the hard rock/hip hop group that lost rapper Zack de la Rocha, was a true headscr-atcher. Would Cornell start rapping? Would the Rage guys go soft (more…)

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Michael Bloomfield – If You Love These Blues, Play ‘Em As You Please

 

I’ve had more than one conversation with a colleague when The Paul Butterfield Blues Band album came up, and we said in unison, “That album changed my life.” (more…)

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George Harrison – Brainwashed

 

It’s become cliché to say a particular guitarist is recognizable after just one note, but in the case of George Harrison, it’s true. Because along with his many hats and talents – singer, songwriter, guitarist, Beatle, icon – he was also a great, albeit underrated, (more…)

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Tommy Castro – Gratitude

 

Tommy Castro goes for the throat, emotionally, no matter if he’s playing straight blues, funk, or good old-fashioned rock and roll. This album is a good case in point. It’s set up as a “thank you” to folks who have influenced Castro through the years. (more…)

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Various artists – Crossroads Guitar Festival

 

Talk about piquing one’s curiosity. The promos for the truncated pledge-drive version of the Crossroads Festival that aired on PBS in December began, “Sixty-five guitarists… 87 guitars … came to play with one man.” Cut to Eric Clapton playing the opening riff (more…)

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Leslie West – Blues to Die For

 

Mountain had just one real hit – the two-and-a-half-minute blast of “Mississippi Queen” can still be heard on classic rock radio. And while it has a 12-bar structure, it isn’t a blues song. In fact, a look at the Mountain (more…)

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Alison Krauss and Union Station – Alison Krauss + Union Station Live

 

Although fine female bluegrass singers and songwriters like Hazel Dickens and Emmylou Harris have achieved success, Alison Krauss must be considered the first woman bluegrass superstar. Ever since her first release, Krauss’ CDs have maintained (more…)

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Steve Earle – Jerusalem

 

Here are a couple of records from one of America’s best songwriters. One is a batch of cuts made for movie soundtracks, or for some other reason didn’t fit on his albums. The other is brand spanking new, and causing controversy for no reason.

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National Model N-720

Star of an Era's End
 
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Most acoustic guitar players will likely show disdain for any instrument with a bolt-on neck. Even though there have been many great guitars – from Maccaferri (and before) to Seagull – sporting respectable versions. In my more naïve younger years, I used to attribute such (more…)

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November 2005

 

FEATURES SLASH Vintage “Contraband” and Velvet Revolver He arrived on the scene with a simple setup, a true sense of melody, ambition, and an attitude that separated him from the masses. Now his band may be a bit different, but the drive remains. By Lisa Sharken GIBSON MASTERTONE GRANADA The list of Gibson collectibles includes, […]

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