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WALTER TROUT: The Craig Hunter Ross interview

  To many, Walter Trout is a contemporary guitar legend and his guitar prowess, prolific recordings and non-stop tour schedule provide more than ample evidence to support the claim. As member of Canned Heat and having spent several years with John Mayall’s BluesBreakers, Trout has also supported numerous masterful musicians throughout his several decades on […]

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ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND: Woodstock 1994 (CD)

The classic Allmans Woodstock 2 appearance in its entirety In August 1969 at the time of the original Woodstock Festival in upstate New York, the Allman Brothers were barely out of nappies. They had however travelled to New York from their hometown of Macon, Georgia. ABB were in town to record their eponymous debut album, […]

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PLAYING HERE RIGHT NOW

Catching up on paperwork. Got a few calls to make. So what music do I reach for? Not Green Day, “American Idiot” Although I love it. Just too early. So this morning it’s Peter Green with Nigel Watson/Splinter Group “Hot Foot Powder”. Damn good choice I have to say.After that? Well quite probably? The George […]

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SUCCESS: The liquid in my case produce a slight fizzing sensation which was in no way uncomfortable

Michael Vronsky writes: Who’s leg? Hmm. Even as I write this I sense a few of you out there might feel I’m pulling your leg re this. I assure you – I’m not.This first tuning tip is without doubt the most cost-effective I have ever encountered. I used a few drops (exactly as directed) of […]

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WALTER TROUT: The Blues Came Callin (CD+DVD)

From the first time Walter Trout, as a tormented teenager, heard the haunting guitar playing of Mike Bloomfield he instinctively knew the blues was his calling.  2014 marks the year that Trout looks back at an almost 50-year commitment to playing and singing the blues.  The songs on “The Blues Came Callin’” reflect Walter’s thoughts […]

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HENDRIX: Why did Jimi Hendrix stop playing with Mitchell and Redding?

Gary Gomes, Current Musician, Vedic Astrologer at Self-Employment Noel was a guitar player first and actually thought he was auditioning for the New Animals. Hendrix hired him mainly because he liked his hair! In fairness to Redding, he actually did a very good job for Hendrix considering his lack of experience (pun intended). Redding actually […]

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PS AUDIO: Streaming Audio and Other Rants

Written by Jay Jay French First off, I hope many of you are listening to my new Podcast called The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music (available on Spotify, Apple Music and Podcastone.com) Great topics, great guests, and my new book, Twisted Business: Lessons From my Life in Rock n Roll is coming out […]

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From the archives: Channa Vithana / “I grew out of Clapton and the Stones as my twenties faded because I can’t stand their bland dinner-party classic status, after one too many of their “

Previously published on September 17, 2012Channa’s (formerly of Hi-Fi World and now of Hi-Fi Choice joins us as guest writer for a short series of contributions. Prologue Music continues to be within the very structure of my life. Consequently, I use it as non-background direct stimulus when I work, or equally as engrossing and positively […]

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ALLMAN BROTHERS: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY 30th December 1979 WLIR – FM Broadcast (Limited Ed/300 Clear Vinyl 3LP)

We are told: Stricktly limited to 300 copies.  Clear vinyl 3LP.  The band had split during the narcotic mayhem of the 41 date 75/76 tour, where Gregg testified in the trial of security man to the Allmans Scooter Herring resulting in the latter’s 75 year prison sentence. Leavell, Williams and Jaimoe continued with Sea Level, […]

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Channa Vithana / “Regardless of genre, what really turns me on ……….

Music continues to be within the very structure of my life. Consequently, I use it as non-background direct stimulus when I work, or equally as engrossing and positively mind-massaging pharmaceuticals when I am not. Even an atrocity like a Cliff Richard record must never be in the background – like dinner-party fodder. Dinner-party ‘classics’ sucked […]

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TASTE: The Irish rock/blues band formed in the mid sixties that featured Rory Gallagher on guitar and vocals:I’ll Remember (4CD Box Set)

  We are told: I’ll Remember, an archival box set featuring the music of Taste, the Irish rock/blues band formed in the mid sixties that featured Rory Gallagher on guitar and vocals. The four disc set will feature both studio albums (1969′s Taste and the 1970 follow-up On The Boards) expanded with many alternate versions of album tracks. The third CD is full of live audio from 1970 […]

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The Record Plant ’73 (CD) by Michael Bloomfield with Mark Naftalin

In a Rolling Stone interview Dylan remembered Bloomfield as “the guy that I always miss….. he had so much soul. And he knew all the styles”.  Al Kooper, that “he had 90% talent, 10% ambition”and in 1966 Clapton called him “music on two legs” Combining stinging treble-tone, articulate and fluid phrasing and headlong full tilt […]

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SCRATCHED CDs: Ideas for best way to repair them?

Hello all. Over the years, I’ve managed to scratch a few cd’s, due to transferring between players, cars, lying around as lots get played on drinking nights etc etc..There are quite a few that are going to be hard or impossible to replace, so I’d like to ask opinions on effective methods / widgets for […]

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VINYL REPLAY: Is record wear over hyped?

Back in the days I followed the trend of aspiring to an SME/Shure V15 as I was told that poor stylus tracking caused significant record wear and groove distortion so ‘trackability’ was king. Now, playing some of my golden oldies which had been played when I was a kid with a Sonotone cartridge of dubious […]

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MUDDY WATERS and FRIENDS: Soundstage – Blues Summit In Chicago 1974 (DVD)

  Muddy Waters (1913-1983) was frequently considered the father of Chicago blues.  Born in Mississippi and discovered there in 1941 by musicologist Alan Lomax, he moved to the Windy City in 1943 and proceeded to refine and redefine the sound of the blues, inspiring not just future artists in the genre but, significantly, those who […]

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