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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully crafted, 20 Mar 2014
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This review is from: Demon (Audio CD)
There are few bands in any genre deserving of the adjective 'unique,' but I think Gazpacho is one. I started with March of Ghosts and was initially unmoved. The vast majority of their output is very slow tempo and dreamy, and owes much more to classical influences than say rock or jazz. In my experience though, it takes only a couple of listens before the insidious melodies and soulful vocals begin to exert their addictive powers. I m gradually assembing the back catalogue and have not been disappointed yet, and on the evidence of one full spin...Demon is at least as good as the rest, and may have established a new pinnacle. There is an awful lot going on in spite of the gentle pace, and yet everything seems to belong. There have been few sudden whims at play here I suspect. This is an exquisitely crafted album and a stand-out contribution to the growing arsenal of new quality prog'. It's not for those who like regular bursts of raw power however. You'll want pipe and slippers for this stuff. If it does prove to be your cup of tea, I should warn you you may - like me - find it very difficult to put Gazpacho aside to listen to other things in the months ahead.

The Twang Dynasty
The Twang Dynasty
by Deke Leonard
Edition: Paperback

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Reading, 27 Feb 2012
This review is from: The Twang Dynasty (Paperback)
This is an essential purchase not just for guitar lovers, but for anyone with a fondness for popular music in all its forms, and especially for fans of rock and blues.
By his own admission Deke lacked the necessary dedication to command a place of his own among the pantheon of guitar greats, though he did carve out at least a semi-successful career with legendary Welsh band Man.
Among those numerous musicians who have tried their skills with pen instead of plectrum, however, I would venture he is peerless.
In this, his latest gem, he recounts the careers of guitar greats past and present from Reinhardt to Ry Cooder...Chuck Berry to Jeff Beck, with fascinating insight, numerous personal anecdotes and relentless, sardonic wit.
Even with close to 100 axemen featured, of course, there are many notable omissions, but Twang provides a detailed context that is as valid for those excluded, as those included.
In's a great read, and very highly recommended.

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