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Mr. C. Todd "partsocaster80" (Ballyclare, Northern Ireland)

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ZZ Top's First Album
ZZ Top's First Album
Price: £5.55

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good album but not a Great album, 10 July 2009
This review is from: ZZ Top's First Album (Audio CD)
Typical 1970's ZZ Top sounds, a good album but not nearly as memorable or as much fun as the Topsters other 70's albums especially Rio Grande Mud, Tejas or Deguello. Start with them!

When A Guitar Plays The Blues
When A Guitar Plays The Blues
Price: £12.92

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarifyingly amazing, 10 July 2009
Just got this the day before I finally got to see one of the other true genius mavericks of guitar, Jeff Beck. This album turned waaaayyy up, is almost as rocking an experience as that was! If you like your Blues and aren't afraid of hearing a few crazy roadhouse rock "tricks" and unusual sounds buy this. Instant favourite.

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Caught in the Crossfire
by Joe Nick Patoski
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.77

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book, a little biased, more interviews please!, 10 July 2009
This is a great book for anyone even vaguely into Stevie or Jimmie Vaughan or the huge scene of Texan blues players of the 1970's/80's to the present day, often forgotten about, who did more than anyone else to breathe new life into the Blues, Stevie Ray Vaughan of course was deservedly the most successful and innovative of these, his hard work, passion and love for the blues paid off leaving us with the soulful sounds that are still the high water mark for blues players a quarter century after the Texas Flood album came out.
The writers of this book are obviously big fans and this comes across sometimes in a syrupy sort of way where you start to wonder if they are objective enough to believe everything written in the book, some of it sounds like they've made it up in a "this is what he might have said" kind of way. That said, they've done their research but I was surprised there wasn't more actual interviews with the likes of Jimmie and Martha Vaughan or even Kim Wilson who was introduced to Austin (and Jimmie) through Stevie and Keith Ferguson.
Bottom line is, people like me love Stevie Ray Vaughan (and Jimmie) because they are blue collar working class people like me who worked hard and knew the value of it and broke through. If you too are like that, you'll love this, who doesn't love the story of the underdog making good on it all?

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