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Sandy Nelson: Life-lines of Sandy Nelson

Profile and Interview by uncredited writer, New Musical Express, January 1962

Real name: Sander L. Nelson. ...

Johnny & The Hurricanes: Gaumont State Ballroom, Kilburn, London

Live Review by Ian Dove, New Musical Express, January 1963

HURRICANES IMPRESS ...

Lonnie Mack: The Instrumental Influence and Hit Star

Profile by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, August 1963

BEAT instrumentals are probably at a higher degree of popularity in the States than ever before. Discs like 'Wipeout', 'Tips Of My Fingers', 'Pipeline', 'Hot ...

Bert Weedon: I'm All For Contrast Says Bert Weedon

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, January 1964

IN ANY OUT-and-out pop disc show during the last year, about 10 out of a dozen records would be full of twang and beat, says ...

Booker T & The MGs: College Comes First For Jones

Report and Interview by Ann Moses, Rhythm 'n' News, August 1965

FEW FULL-TIME college students could find enough time, energy or initiative to record and promote a record like the 1964 hit 'Green Onions'. But Booker ...

Lonnie Mack: Four Years After 'Memphis'

Interview by Jim Delehant, Hit Parader, May 1968

LONNIE MCINTOSH was born in Harrison, Indiana on July 18, 1941 but the family soon moved to Aurora where he went to school and spent ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: 'We're Not Part Of The Tamla Sound' Says Junior Walker

Profile and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, May 1969

OKAY, THE story has been told before. But here goes once again... so this guy Autry deWalt was a school-kid and he walked everywhere. Everyone ...

Deep Purple, Keef Hartley, Keith Moon: Various, Drum Bash: Bumpers Club, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, March 1971

DEAFENING fun! That was the all-star drum conversation held at London's Bumpers Club last week. ...

Walter/Wendy Carlos: The Walter Carlos Sonic Boom

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, September 1972

"There's music in the sighing of a reed; There's music in the gushing of a rill; There's music in all things, if man had ears; The Earth is ...

Dennis Coffey: The White Soul Guitar

Profile by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, November 1972

DENNIS COFFEY is a white man who plays soul music. Ask any soul fan. Regular pop fans might not be acquainted with his name but ...

Roy Buchanan: An Oldie but Goodie: Roy Buchanan

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Millar, Let It Rock, July 1973

FREAKS MAY BE trading in their Rory Gallagher albums for those by the new, laid-back, spaced out, country Clapton, but 'Echoes' readers know better – ...

Duane Eddy: The Guitar Man Twangs Back

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, October 1973

THE FIRST REAL guitar superstar of the rock and roll age sits in an office no larger than a bathroom on North Vine off the ...

Link Wray: The Lyceum, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, Times, The, June 1975

LINK WRAY was – I should say, is – an American guitarist who, somewhere around 1960, recorded an instrumental tune called 'Rumble'. ...

Diga Rhythm Band: Diga

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, September 1976

AFTER MY initial listening to this album I was going to take the easy way out, fob off with a few jokes about the Raga ...

Joe Sample: Rainbow Seeker (ABC Import)

Review by Max Bell, New Musical Express, April 1978

SEARCH AND DEPLOY ...

Richard Tee: Natural Ingredients (CBS 84194)

Review by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, October 1980

'What A Woman Really Means'; 'Now'; 'The Nut's Off The Screw'; 'Tell It Like It Is'; 'Us'; 'Back Door Man'; 'Spinning Song' ...

Rock Instrumentals: Without A Voice

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

Rock is essentially a vocal musical form: the singer is the pivot and he or she is supported by the group. ...

Hank Marvin, The Shadows: Hank B. Marvin

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Guitar Greats' (BBC Books), 1983

TO DEMONSTRATE to any potential unbelievers the importance of Hank B. Marvin, we must go back to 1977, when a TV commercial was screened showing ...

Bill Frisell Quartet: Look Out For Hope (ECM)

Review by Gene Santoro, Spin, May 1988

BILL FRISELL IS the Clark Kent of the electric guitar. Soft-spoken and self-effacing in conversation, he apparently breathes in lungfuls of raw fire when he ...

Joe Satriani, Mick Jagger: The Devil And Joe Satriani

Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Musician, April 1989

A Guitar Hero Strikes a Different Kind of Bargain ...

Roy Buchanan: Sweet Dreams – The Anthology

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Polydor Records, 1992

ROY BUCHANAN seemed to come out of nowhere in 1972 when a laudatory article in Rolling Stone was followed by his first album, but it ...

Just a Thought…Whatever Happened To New Age Music?

Comment by Lloyd Bradley, Q, August 1992

Dreamy celestial soundscapes. Tinkly cosmic meditations Worryingly little public interest...Is the music of the future becoming a thing of the past? ...

Duane Eddy: Twangin' from Phoenix to L.A. (Bear Family)

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, Bear Family Records, 1994

LET'S NOT TALK about guitarists who can play circles around other guitarists, or about which famous picker influenced which other famous picker. ...

John Fahey: The Persecutions And Resurrections Of Blind Joe Death

Profile and Interview by Byron Coley, Spin, November 1994

More than 30 years of mind-blowing guitar playing and composing have earned John Fahey a hip handful of devoted fans and a squalid room in ...

Junior Walker & The Allstars: Junior Walker 1931-1995

Obituary by Geoffrey Himes, Rolling Stone, January 1996

IN EARLY 1965, a new single lit up American radio. It began with a gunshot, echoed by the snare drum that followed. Then a tenor ...

Ace Cannon: The Best of Ace Cannon: The Hi Records Years

Sleevenotes by Colin Escott, The Right Stuff/Hi Records, 2001

SPARE, FUNKY, and disarmingly simple. Ace Cannon and Bill Black defined a sound. There was never a surplus note or inflection. These were records that ...

Booker T & The MGs: The Backroom Boys: Booker T & the MGs

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 2001

IF EVER THERE WAS a piece of music that deserved the epithet "timeless", it’s Booker T. & the MGs’ ‘Green Onions’. The most basic of ...

Too Cool For Words! Gary Pig Gold's All-Time Favorite Rock 'N' Roll Instrumentals

Guide by Gary Pig Gold, earcandymag.com, March 2007

DRUMS AND wires often DO speak louder than words, and in that age-old teen spirit I hereby present a wholly chronological, but admittedly entirely objective ...

The Instrumental Touch

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2009

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC is the neglected child of rock and pop — but it's the absence of a human presence that can make it so interesting. ...

Cluster, Tortoise: Tortoise / Cluster: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, Times, The, November 2009

CURRENT DEFINITIONS of jazz are clearly somewhat flexible, judging by the avant-rock double bill that closed this year's London Jazz Festival on Sunday night. The ...

Rodrigo y Gabriela: Natural Acoustics: Rodrigo y Gabriela

Report and Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, January 2010

YOU'D THINK a pair of former thrash-metal heads from Mexico City would have the kind of backstage rider that was a hedonistic Eden. Not a ...

Garth Hudson: The World According to Garth Hudson

Report and Interview by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages, November 2011

IN A PREVIOUS LIFE you went to several concerts a month, when those who are now rock and roll dinosaurs walked the earth. Today you ...

Herb Alpert: Fandango

Sleevenotes by Gene Sculatti, Shout! Factory Records, 2012

IN 1975, at the age of 32, Mick Jagger famously uttered one of the more regrettable, bite-yourself-in-the-behind remarks in modern pop history. "I'd rather be ...

Mike Oldfield: An Interview

Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, June 2013

HE IS, OF COURSE, Mr. Tubular Bells and, regular as clockwork, the 40th anniversary of the release of his greatest hit delivers what a lot ...

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