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Essential Texas Blues
Essential Texas Blues

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars full of little gems, 11 Dec. 2012
This review is from: Essential Texas Blues (Audio CD)
Check out the line-up on this, some usually harder to find tunes from Frankie Lee Sims, Sonny Boy Johnson, Peppermint Harris and many others, pretty good for long journeys on the way to gigs! I gave it four instead of five simply because i'd have liked more of the gutsier 50's stuff along the lines of the aforementioned Simms and Lightnin Hopkins.


Black And Blue
Black And Blue
Offered by BestSellerRecordshop
Price: £6.16

10 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars this shouldn't have been released as an album, 28 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Black And Blue (Audio CD)
I bought this on a recommendation from a friend, I think now this was misguided. There are some great moments on this album but the songs don't sit well together and performance wise it's the same "bitsy" feeling with different guitar players basically recording this as part of their audition for the Stones when Mick Taylor left.
Just because it's the Stones doesn't make it alright. Truthfully there are also some really sxxt moments on this, the overrated "Cherry Oh Baby" for example, best leave the reggae to a reggae band rather than waste my time with this.
They could have had half a brilliant album instead of this.
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The Brazilian Guitar Book (with Free Audio CD)
The Brazilian Guitar Book (with Free Audio CD)
by Nelson Faria
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £19.69

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A ray of light!!!, 6 Oct. 2010
My girlfriend bought me this four years ago for my birthday and it's been a great source for me to find enjoyment and take a break from the usual stuff I play which is mostly electric guitar styles such as blues, rock, funk, afro-beat, ska etc.

For me, as a professional guitarist and teacher with little opportunity or inclination (I live in Northern Ireland) to go out and play Brazilian music this book is a great no pressure way to relax and enjoy some of the excellent and very authentic music examples (all recorded on the CD) with the guitar. I do play in a band with guys from Zimbabwe though, and it's helped me to find new ways to approach rhythms and has really improved my rhythmic awareness

I can really feel these examples warm my hands and musical head up, I play some of these even with electric guitar through my amps to sound check my clean sound and warm up before gigs, they sound great through a Fender Super Reverb! I always feel like I'm learning new things with this book too since I haven't had a full on rampage through the book, I just pull it out for fun and some relaxed musical input now and then.

Some of the examples are fairly easy but I would say that this book is really for a player with experience or some guidance from a more experienced player/teacher to help get started, at the very least players studying this will need to be able to read rhythms from standard music notation although the audio CD is really good with percussion instruments on most of the tracks and the tracks are quite long allowing you to really get in the groove.

There's masses of great stuff in here. I love it.
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Stratosphere Boogie: the Flaming Guitars of Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant
Stratosphere Boogie: the Flaming Guitars of Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars smoking, 1 Sept. 2010
Amazing CD, shame that some of the trailblazing work by these two is out of print. Way ahead of their time, Jimmy Bryant playing things like runs in octaves years before Wes Montgomery who often gets the credit for this technique and Speedy West manipulating the controls and going wild with the bar to bring daring and texture to things. Even though i'm more of a blues lover and quite young (29), it would be a fool who wouldn't get into this. I Love It!!!


Cool Pedal Steel Licks for Guitar (Book & CD)
Cool Pedal Steel Licks for Guitar (Book & CD)
by Toby Wine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars difficult but worthwhile, 28 Dec. 2009
This book is a very complete view of pedal steel type guitar sounds and is difficult as a result, definitely not for beginners, I also use very heavy guitar strings and you will have to warm up slowly and well before you even go near some of the warm up exercises and it's not strictly in order from easy to hard, you might want to skip some things until you're more comfortable with the easier stuff or licks you really like the sound of and/or are most useful to your style.
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Texas Twister
Texas Twister

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues with a twist, 7 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Texas Twister (Audio CD)
Brilliant set of 15 tunes showcasing that Johnny Copeland went further than some more well known bluesmen to try hard swinging Texas blues mixed with other styles as shown by the three tracks at the end recorded in the Ivory Coast with African musicians. Other tracks have country, rumba and roadhouse overtones making this one of the best Blues CD's I own. Johnny had a hard raspy voice but tuneful at the same time, a bit like a cross between Freddy King and Howlin' Wolf if you can imagine that. His guitar playing is stinging and swinging, his own sound but if I had to make comparisons the obvious ones would be Freddy (again) and Albert Collins, backed up by great sidemen and a tough horn section on most tunes. If you love blues and need an album of Texas style blues to spice your music collection up, this would be a great place to start.


The Complete Imperial Recordings
The Complete Imperial Recordings

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Albert at his best, 29 Aug. 2009
A great companion to the earlier "Truckin' With Albert Collins", this box set was my 18th Birthday present and I feel honored to own one of these now discontinued (I think) box sets. The essence of what made Albert one of the most original guitar stylists of not just Texas Blues but Blues full stop. Lots of interesting grooves and styles here including the original (and better) version of "Conversation with Collins", Stax/Muscle Shoals style soul grooves and swinging Texas style shuffles. Brilliant.


Progressive Blues Experiment
Progressive Blues Experiment
Offered by RAREWAVES
Price: £5.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard edge, 28 Aug. 2009
Recorded in the Vulcan Gas Company nightclub in Austin by two blues lovers before JW signed with Columbia, this album has a stunning live feel to it with some of the best blues guitar ever recorded, a bit like a blue print for later high energy white Texan blues players like SRV and Smokin' Joe Kubek. I love Johnny Winter's rough voice and frenetic guitar playing, although some people like my old house mate didn't get it, still even he couldn't get over the surprise Dobro versions of "Broke Down Engine" and "Bad Luck and Trouble". Try this out.


Truckin' with Albert Collins
Truckin' with Albert Collins
Price: £11.66

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars texas guitar bluesprint, 28 Aug. 2009
From the opening salvo of "Frosty" right through to the final track "Sno-Cone II" there is not one bad track on this, although "Tremble" and "Shiver 'N Shake" are pretty much different takes of the same tune. Albert had his themes but they're so great it doesn't make any difference. Only one vocal tune here, the excellent slow blues "Dyin' Flu", the rest is a textbook of some of the most original blues guitar stylings ever made. Albert's uses the bass/neck pickup far more than in later years for some great big boomy dark/hot guitar tones, remarkably similar at times to SRV's big clean tone on Texas Flood (just listen to "Snow-Cone II if you don't believe me)
Although this album was released in 69, the tracks were recorded a few years earlier than that, on the Hall and TCF labels and then released as "The Cool Sound of Albert Collins" in 65. It's a short album that leaves you wanting more of the same, "The Complete Imperial Recordings" is an excellent companion.
The sound quality of the disc is phenomenal and the energy and originality of the performances is serious, only big Freddy could have written instrumental tunes as good or as varied as this, like the unusual "Icy Blue", that sounds like what would've happened if surf guitar had been born in Houston's third ward, or "Don't Lose Your Cool" sure to get you slip-slidin around your house. Although I love Albert's work on Alligator, this is still my favourite of his and any true fan of his will probably feel the same.


Rio Grande Mud
Rio Grande Mud
Price: £5.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Rollin in the Mud, 27 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Rio Grande Mud (Audio CD)
This is just brilliant big ole texas blues/rock. A great album for partying, driving, playing/singing along with and more. The unholy get-down! One of their best, made before they got commercial. Buy this along with "Tres Hombres", "Tejas", "Fandango!" and "Deguello" for just about all that was ever amazing about this band.


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