Tag Archives: Guitar

Cornerstones, connections and musical memory

My music collection is built on the cornerstone of three albums that I bought during the last holiday I took with my parents.  They were on vinyl, of course; CDs were still a few years away.  I was at university … Continue reading

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Essential Mixes – #DeepPurple

After some Twitter prodding, Cultural Offering’s Kurt Harden persuaded me to add a Deep Purple list to his impressive collection of Essential Mixes: And The Address, Shades of Deep Purple, 1968 Hush, Shades of Deep Purple, 1968 Hard Road (Wring … Continue reading

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The sublime Steely Dan …

From Cultural Offering’s Essential Mixes   Just so much great stuff… 1.    Do It Again, Can’t Buy A Thrill, 1972 5.    Any Major Dude, Pretzel Logic, 1974 8.    Don’t Take Me Alive, The Royal Scam, 1976 9.    Reelin’ In The … Continue reading

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JJ Cale, Troubadour

I’m sad to read that JJ Cale died of a heart-attack on Friday.  A truly understated talent. His laid-back country-blues was unmistakeable and I loved his music, especially his 1971 debut, Naturally, and the string of albums that slowly transitioned … Continue reading

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Fender’s Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster

A true icon.  You know you need one. Fender has just launched its Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster (as distinct from the somewhat cheaper Ritchie Blackmore Signature Strat).  It’s a faithful, scratches and all, reproduction of a black 1968 Fender Stratocaster … Continue reading

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Hi Ho Silver Lining?

The UK’s population of ash trees faces decimation from Chalara Ash Dieback disease which is spread by air-borne spores (and possibly by past government inaction). Does this mean a potential windfall (or at least axe-fall) for luthiers? The bodies of … Continue reading

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Blue Valley – Thomas Blug

Happy Friday!! I’ve just discovered that one of my favourite pieces of music is online: Thomas Blug’s Blue Valley. Blug is a German guitar player who combines blues, jazz, rock and (sadly, occasionally) euro-pop in his mostly instrumental work. He … Continue reading

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