Record Label and Music Spotlight 

WINTER 2007

  

 


JOHN BLAKELEY
& RON NAGLE
on O.I.E.



 


LINO
on Splash Entertainment

 




JEREMY SPENCER
on Bluestown Records






WINTER 2007
MUSIC & RECORD LABEL SPOTLIGHT


ADDISON AVENUE - In the spirit of those classic early ‘60s Ventures album, the latest CD from Shig & Buzz takes you up to guitar heaven for a sonic treat. Written and produced by multi-instrumentalist Shig Komiyama—with assistance from guitarist Peter Miller—the 16 track studio CD was recorded in the late ‘90s but finally released in 2006 by California-based Addison Avenue Music. The label reissued a deluxe edition of the Shig And The Buzz Double Diamonds CD a couple years ago, and in the spirit of that classic CD, Sonic Traveler is a great introduction to their rocking, surf-crazed guitar sound. www.addisonavenuemusic.com

BGO RECORDS
- Purists may scoff at it’s commercial veneer, yet the music Wes Montgomery made on his two ’67 / ’68 albums for CTI / A&M records, A Day In The Life and Down Here On The Ground offered the coolest definitions of the day pop as played by the jazz masters. Paired together on a newly remastered 20 track CD, both albums combine here to put Montgomery’s unique instrumental guitar take of ‘60s pop music into focus. Hearing Wes playing covers of The Beatles, Bacharach, Lalo Schiffrin backed up by strings, flutes, horns and more remains a sublime pop/jazz experience that has never been bettered. He passed away at 45 after making his last album 1968’s Road Song, yet as this 20 track CD indicates, Wes leaves a towering influence till today. U.K. based BGO pack their set with original 1967 liners from both albums and new 2005 notes. Also out on BGO in 2006 is a cool 30 track double CD set from Shadows related Marvin, Welch & Farrar, pairing two studio albums, their self-titled debut and 1972’s Second Opinion, with several bonus tracks. While Hank Marvin is renowned as a guitar instrumentalist, not many in the U.S. know of his abilities as a singer-songwriter. In between breaking up in 1969 and reforming in 1973, Hank joined forces with Bruce Welch and soon to be Shadow John Farrar for a pair of excellent singer-songwriter albums that also feature Hanks excellent guitar work. BGO’s double CD features in depth liner notes and an track annotation. www.bgo-records.com

BEACHWOOD
- There is a valid point behind the great melodic music The Rolling Stones made in the 1960’s. With the inventive musical glue of Brian Jones in the band, Jagger and Richards always managed to come up with tuneful pop confections that could seduce your senses or blow you off a cliff. On All Wood And Stones, singing guitarists John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley serve up a tasty acoustic brew of ‘60s Stones’ favorites like “Ruby Tuesday, “Back Street Girl,” “Last Time” and eight more classics. With the duo supported by bass and light percussion these songs come alive in an acoustic setting. Combining inventive arrangements and vocals with a fine studio sound, Batdorf & Stanley do justice to songs that helped shape the musical intellect of the ‘60s. www.allwoodandstones.com

BLUE NOTE
- Any time jazz guitar great Pat Martino releases a new album is a great time for jazz guitar fans. On the ten track Remember: A Tribute To Wes Montgomery, Pat pays respect to the great guitar legend Wes Montgomery. Kicking off with one of the great Wes originals, “Four On Six,” Martino receives like-minded support from top players like pianist David Kikoski, John Pattitucci (bass) and Scott Allan Robinson (drums). Martino recalls meeting Wes as a youngster; ‘My father introduced me to him at a club. My dad offered to buy him a drink so Wes ordered an orange juice. I remember Wes as very warm and a gentleman to the max. There was an aura about him.’ The music on Remember sounds great and Martino’s first hand knowledge and respect for Wes’ timeless jazz guitar sound is given a new lease on life. www.bluenote.com

BLUESTOWN
- After Peter Green left Danny Kirwan and Jeremy Spencer holding the bag when it came to the creative element of Fleetwood Mac, it seemed all was lost. The resulting album from 1970, Kiln House was one of the greatest pop albums of that year and it proved that Mac didn’t even need Green to make a brilliant album. It was too cool to last. Spencer split and let Kirwan live out the bands final greatness, at least for some early fans. So here we are 36 years later in 2006 and Spencer reappears with a solid laid back pop album very much in the spirit (okay, a little tamer) of Kiln House. Recorded for the Norwegian label, Bluestown, Precious Little features Jeremy summoning up a dozen Spencer originals and covers backed by a laid back group of Norwegian blues players, obviously chuffed to be jamming with the master. Featuring that famous voice and Spencer rocking out on his Fender Tele and PRS guitars, Precious Little rocks and rolls and is a most welcome comeback album. www.bluestownrecords.com

CBUJ
- More a compilation than a brand new album, the 2006 release of Flying Under The Radar is nevertheless a cool showcase from one of the rockinest bands in the U.S. today. Consisting of new tracks and various cuts from the band’s three recent studio albums, Flying Under The Radar is kick-ass country style roots rock at it’s best. There’s some choice cover tunes on the album including cuts made famous by music icons Roger Miller and Hank Williams—along with smokin’ covers of “Big Boss Man” and “Midnight Special”—yet there’s plenty of original rockers to show these guys are making history of their own. Backed up by the rhythm section of Fred Young (drums) and Anthony Kenney (bass)—along with rhythm guitarists Richard Young and Doug Phelps—lead guitarist Greg Martin continues to proves why he’s one of the hottest guitarists on the planet. www.kentuckyheadhunters.com

CAPITOL
- The 30th anniversary edition of Fly Like An Eagle is a cool deal for long time fans of guitar ace Steve Miller and his Steve Miller Band. Ever since his breakthrough with albums like 1968’s Children Of The Future and Sailor, Miller has defined just about every genre of modern music, from rock and pop to blues and folk and on the 1976 release of Fly Like An Eagle—his follow up to the 1973 release of The Joker—he was in rare form. Fly Like An Eagle spawned a host of FM radio hits and Capitol’s 30 anniversary salutes the original 12 track CD with three bonus tracks (including the original 1973 demo of “Fly Like An Eagle,”) remastered in stereo and 5.1 surround sound. What makes this reissue special is a the inclusion of a second disc, a DVD featuring a complete live performance of Steve Miller Band from September 2005, with live interviews great liner notes from Joel Selvin that brings the entire 30th anniversary story up to date. www.stevemillerband.com

CASTLE MUSIC
- Sandwiched in between Pete Townshend’s guitar playing and song writing as the three coolest things in The Who was the miracle known as Keith Moon. Moonie died way too soon, in 1978, yet he was able to record and release one great solo album, back in 1975. A star-studded affair, Two Sides Of The Moon found the late, great Who drumming legend singing the music of his heroes, John Lennon, Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson, Ricky Nelson, The Knickerbockers and more. Kicking off with a Moon version of “Crazy Like A Fox,”—penned by Spirit guitarist Al Stahely—the original ten track album featured a slew of music icons including Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, Jesse Ed Davis, Dick Dale, Steve Cropper, Spencer Davis, John Sebastian, Flo & Eddie and much more. Way underrated by Who fans and music historians who still write it off as a novelty, Both Sides Of The Moon is now a 50 track, 2006 double CD reissue on Castle, combining the original album with outakes, single cuts, a host of rare studio sessions and some well scripted liner notes aptly describing how it all went down in L.A. thirty years ago. www.sanctuaryrecordsgroup.com

CHRONICLES
- Debuting the first James Gang album back in 1969, Joe Walsh moved on to become one of the most renowned guitarist / composers in the world. Early fans were sold immediately on Joe’s trippy approach to rock and his guitar extrapolations were light years ahead of many players of the era. Joe Walsh The Definitive Collection on Geffen / Chronicles culls 15 favorites spanning 1970-1991 and, clocking in at 75+ minutes, offers a good sampling of early hits from the 1970 album The James Gang and Joe’s big time solo hits ending with the title track form 1991’s Ordinary Average Guy. Chronicles’ Definitive series continues with the 2006 release of A Decade Of Steely Dan: The Definitive Collection. The 16 track CD spotlights all the band’s Top 20 hits like “Do It Again” and “Reeling In The Years,” a bunch of album favorites and vintage photos. The inclusion of a track from the band’s 2003 album, Everything Must Go, brings the Steely Dan story up to date. The greatest New Zealand band ever, Split Enz is features on a 2006 20th Century Masters Millennium Collection, The Best Of Split Enz. While early fans still swear by their early Phil Manzanera produced classics, there’s no denying the impact on the pop scene that the later period Enz created. Great sound a cool cover art but with 11 cuts, clocking in at 39+ minutes, this Split Enz confection isn’t close to definitive. Another 2006 Millennium best of comes from Squeeze entitled Singles, 45’s And Under, with early favorites like “Cool For Cats.” www.universalchronicles.com

COLUMBIA LEGACY
- Taking folk music and infusing it with pop, psychedelia and jazz defines the sound of The Byrds. Back in 1990, Columbia released the Byrds famous black box 4 CD set, later revamping Byrds studio albums in 1996 and now in 2006 they upgrade the black box with a new 4 CD Byrds box set called There Is A Season. Housed in an eye-catching red box, with 99 tracks spread over 4 CDs, the box is furthered with a 5th disc, a DVD, with ten vintage b&w video clips of the original 5 piece band with Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clark from the heyday of the ‘60s. Every incarnation of the band is given equal footing over the CDs and the 55 page booklet from the ‘90 box set is nearly doubled in size and scope here with loads of incredible pictures including a shot of the original 5 piece at the ‘91 rock and roll hall of fame ceremony and a great pic of the 5 walking in from of Radio City Music Hall. Produced by Bob Irwin and Roger McGuinn and featuring the most extensive liner notes on The Byrds yet, There Is A Season is the ultimate tribute to the greatest folk-rock group of all time. Commenting on the box set’s new emphasis on the chemistry Gene Clark brought to the lineup Chris Hillman adds, “Full Circle” is one of my favorites and I'm so glad they included it on the set. This box set is so much better then the first one they put out in the early nineties and one of the reasons is there's more of Gene's songs. I think Sony did an incredible job on the Box Set.” Commenting on the Radio City picture on the back of the booklet art, “I can't remember which street we walking on in that photo. That was our first trip to New York and we hadn’t gotten “our wings.” www.thebyrds.com

DYLAN MOON
- He may be only 12 years old yet Dylan Moon is already making waves in the guitar world. 20th Century Guitar was sent a CD ep of Dylan’s music and one can already hear potential greatness. After checking out his soaring instrumental guitar track “Sea Of Colors,” it’s a safe prediction that Dylan is going through to a bright future as a guitar hero. Influences such as David Gilmour and Steve Howe can be heard in his soaring guitar tracks. Check out Dylan Moon’s web site and check out the future of progressive guitar instrumental music. www.dylanmoon.com

EAGLE VISION
- One man, one guitar was how the late jazz guitar giant Joe Pass liked it best. Eagle Vision do a solid for Joe’s large fan base with their latest DVD release; Norman Granz’ Jazz In Montreux Presents Joe Pass ‘75. Eagle have a number of artists in their Jazz In Montreux series including Count Basie and Oscar Peterson, yet for guitar fans Joe’s DVD is the one the check out. Joe serves up classy solo covers of favorites including “Manha De Carnaval,” “Nuages,” and “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,” with a highlight being two versions of a haunting track called “Montreux Changes.” 16 tracks filmed on two days at the ‘75 Swiss music festival, Joe Pass ‘75 is a timeless reminder of Joe’s legendary fretboard finesse.
Put together as a charity event in the U.K. by Procol Harum founder Gary Brooker along with Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather Low and Mike Rutherford, this recently filmed live Eagle CD also benefits from great showcase sets by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Roger Taylor and folk-jazzer Katie Melua. Backed up by a first rate band, Clapton in particular just seems to get better as he ages and he picks out some choice nuggetts for the live DVD including “Lay Down Sally” and “Willie & The Hand Jive.” There’s even a set by American soul music favorites The Drifters and their big hit “Under The Boardwalk.” Filmed at the historic Wintershall Estate in Surrey England, the beautiful night air and serene estate setting seems to bring out the best in these U.K. rock legends. www.eaglerockent.com

EPIC LEGACY
- Two incipient albums no self-respected prog-fan can live without remain the first albums from Roy Wood, Jeff Lynne and Bev Bevan a/k/a Electric Light Orchestra. Although the band’s original U.K. debut Lp was simply called The Electric Light Orchestra, it subsequently came out in the U.S. several months later with a silly name, No Answer followed shortly thereafter by the better served ELO2. Looking on that historic period in music history Jeff Lynne has written some reflective notes for each 2006 reissue on Epic Legacy. From the first ELO album, Lynne recalls, “I think it was during the Message From The Country recording sessions with The Move that I came up with “10538 Overture” and Roy became brilliant on the cello. That magic combination was all we could have wished for and we loved it and played it back eight thousand times. It became the first ELO song ever.” Wood soon left the group after ELO 1 and of course the rest is music history, although the music on that first ELO album is as brilliant as The Move at their zenith on Looking On and Shazam. Bonus tracks, alternate takes cool liner notes by Lynne make these two classic remasters. Sony’s acquisition of the ELO back catalog continues with more remastered and expanded editions of the group’s mid ‘70s albums. Released smack dab in the middle of the ‘70s—11/14/75 on Jet / UA Records—Face The Music was such a bona fide pop classic that it almost completely vindicated Jeff Lynne for splitting from early ELO mentor Roy Wood. Lynne’s over the top pop gems worked wonders on Face The Music—an album also remembered for it’s cool electric chair cover art. The original 8 track Lp is enhanced on this 2006 CD reissue with 4 bonus tracks as are 2006 CD Legacy remasters of On The Third Day (from 1973 w/4 bonus tracks) and A New World Record (1976 +6 bonus tracks). www.ftmusic.com

GILLAZILLA
- A modern master of the acoustic steel string guitar, Richard Gilewitz follows in the lineage of guitar heroes such as John Fahey, Ry Cooder and Leo Kottke. Featuring Gilewitz live in Oregon on August 20th, 2005, the event coincided with an event planned by Breedlove guitars and several Breedlove artists and the California Guitar Trio attended that night. Mandolin wizard Radim Zenkl helps out a few tracks but the 13 track Live CD is pure Gilewitz from start to finish. Fans of the acoustic guitar owe it to themselves to check out Gilewitz as there’s few players these days who can match Gilewitz when it comes to combining sonic dexterity, guitar ambiance and humorous between the songs spoken word interludes. www.richardgilewitz.com

HEP JAZZ
- Some great jazz albums were recorded in a day. Following on that tradition, the 2006 CD from guitarist John Hart is a fitting showcase for his role as both guitarist and band leader. The combination of electric guitar and vibraphone in the jazz format is rare but, as this top jazz release proves, when done right can leave the listener in a state of suspended sonic bliss. Recording an album of unique jazz standards for the U.K. based Hep Cat label in a studio in western New Jersey, Hart and vibe master Joe Locke connect on disc on a majority of tracks here. Paired with the rhythm section of Bill Moring (bass) and Tim Horner (drums), Hart and Locke execute some brilliant mainstream fusion jazz maneuvers with the added zing of Hart’s authentic and inventive guitar improvisations and soloing. www.hepjazz.com

INSIDE OUT MUSIC
- When he’s not putting out straight ahead acoustic, classical or trio CD/DVD, Steve Hackett can be counted on to release wildly eclectic prog-rock albums. It’s true Hackett was way ahead of the pack back in the days of early Genesis and his solo albums never got the wide acclaim they deserve. In the spirit of 2003’s To Watch The Storms, the 2006 release of Wild Orchids, features Hackett supported by a great band including long time keyboardist / rhythm guitarist Roger King and drummer Gary O’Toole. For Wild Orchids, Hackett sought out to marry the elaborate orchestrations on his 2005 classical work, Metamorpheus with the driving rock and instrumental sounds on To Watch The Storms. One of the leading progressive rock guitarists always in search of new forms of musical expression Hackett adds, “I love the combination of different styles and schools—bringing the club and the cathedral together.” Hackett’s classical guitar inclinations can be heard on a 2006 CD release on Camino Records entitled Live Archive 83. Interesting liner notes tell the tale of Hackett’s first ever ‘unplugged’ solo acoustic tour with this show featuring an incomplete bootleg of his November 4, 1983 show in Edinburgh. Great sound and classical guitar performance, 83 also features flutist John Hackett. www.stevehackett.com / www.insideoutmusic.com
The follow up to 2005’s Octane album, Spock’s Beard return in 2006 with a ninth album simply called Spock’s Beard. The third SB album to feature drummer Nick D’Virgilio on lead vocals, the disc furthers the group’s solid reputation as America’s leading progressive rock band. Although the band is still smarting from the departure of original lead vocalist Neal Morse, this lineup gets better with each release. With guitarist Alan Morse, keyboard great Ryo Okumoto and bass man Dave Meros in full force, Spock’s Beard are tighter now than ever and the CD blends the band’s patented prog sound with a harder rocking, more straight ahead sound this time. With their self-titled 2006 platter, Spock’s Beard proves that a great sounding prog-rock CD can still kick some proverbial ass. www.spocksbeard.com

LEGACY
- With Legacy’s takeover of the BMG catalog going full blast, they have reissued new Jefferson Airplane related titles. The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane features a newly expanded reissue of the band’s classic best of along with new liner notes. 2006 marks the 40th anniversary of the first Airplane album and Worst Of... combines tracks from their first six RCA albums—from the ‘66 release of Jefferson Airplane Takes Off to their all-time classic from ‘69 Volunteers. Likewise for the Airplane offshoot band Hot Tuna, remasterd here with Keep On Truckin’: The Best Of Hot Tuna. Guitarists Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady were key components to the Airplane lineup and at the dawn of the ‘70s they veered off on their own with Hot Tuna, the best of which is now remember on Keep On Truckin’. Moving on from the acoustic blues on their 1970 self-titled debut to a more rocking sound on their later period ‘70s album, Hot Tuna are captured at the best on Legacy’s 14 track best of. After nearly two dozen albums, Hot Tuna—both acoustic and electric—still kick out the jams live in concert. www.sonybmg.com
Growing up in his native England, Jeff Beck was a huge Hank Marvin fan. Even though he cut his teeth in the greatest ‘60s rock band of all time, The Yardbirds, Beck had a strong love of instrumental music. Fittingly, among the highlights of his first album following the Yardbirds break-up, Truth, are several cool instrumentals including his signature song “Beck’s Bolero” (written by Jimmy Page -a session w/ Keith Moon, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page) as well as a very Mickey Most inspired Fuzak instrumental of Paul Mauriat’s “Love Is Blue,” (featured as a bonus cut with Beck’s guitar singing the love lorn lyrics.) Another instrumental here is a stately Beck version of “Greensleeves.” With the ‘68 release of Truth and the follow up, Beck-Ola (featuring 2 instrumentals) featuring Rod Stewart on vocals, both albums were huge favorites during the late ‘60s era. These 2006 Epic / Legacy expanded edition remasters of Truth and Beck-Ola both include key liner notes and bonus cuts, with another highlight including a bonus take on Beck-Ola of Beck and Stewart covering a lesser known Hank Marvin vocal classic, “Throw Down A Line.” www.legacyrecordings.com

NONESUCH
- Recording an album of solo jazz guitar and acoustic piano can be a sonic challenge, the dynamic acoustics so accentuated that it could all but wreck havoc on all but the most sophisticated stereo setups. Thankfully the the hands of guitarist Pat Metheny and keyboardist Brad Mehldau, it sounds great with all the acoustic dynamics in check. Commenting on how the pair were meant to record Metheny Mehlduau, the guitarist states, “We met each other a few times and it was almost unspoken that that was on the agenda. From the first note of the first take of the first tune we played, we both could just play pretty much full out. It seemed like we had always played together.” Metheny keeps his legacy in tact as a master of guitar ambiance while their debut duo CD also offers a cool intro to Mehldau’s impressive piano chops. www.nonesuch.com

NOT LAME
- One of the great bands to come out during the second half of the ‘60s, Buffalo Springfield are paid a rare tribute with the 2006 release of Five Way Street - A Tribute To Buffalo Springfield. Over 21 tracks, lesser known pop bands with names like Byrds Of A Feather and The Retros shake it up with bigger names like Western Electric, George Usher and The Kennedys on an album that stays true to it’s roots. West Coast pop favorite Jeff Larson covers a rare track from Last Time Around by Stephen Stills entitled “Questions”—a song that ushered in his CSN&Y. Commenting on working on the project Larson comments, “When I was approached to be part of the Springfield tribute I jumped at the chance. Stephen Stills has always been an influence and "Questions" is such a gem of a track. I was mainly influenced by bands and songwriters who came after and brought some of the Springfield's sound and vibe to their own music. In digging back into their catalog, I'm amazed at the impact and how short yet prolific it all was.” Not Lame are renowned for their honorary a&r work in the pop field (check out their Jeff Lynne tribute) and complete with cool 16 page booklet packed with info, Five Way Street pays some solid respect to the Springfield legacy. www.notlame.com

O.I.E.
- A CD that was long overdue for release—having been recorded just over a couple years ago, and much anticipated for final release by privileged few lucky enough to have heard the unmixed original—Tan Mantis was finally released September 2006 by O.I.E. Records—thanks to mwe3.com founder Robert Silverstein, acting here as the album’s executive coordinator. Guitarist John Blakeley and keyboardist Ron Nagle have been musical pals for decades now. Blakeley co-wrote and played guitar on the classic Endless Summer soundtrack and in the spirit of that ‘64 classic, their latest joint collaboration Tan Mantis re-ignites that classic California surf-rock sound with more than a nod to Duane Eddy meets Pat Metheny. Blakeley, not in the best of health these days is still a California guitar legend well worth checking out. Before many of today's guitar instrumental groups even heard a surf record, Blakeley was making guitar history out on the coast writing and recording "The Endless Summer" as a member of The Sandals. Nagle, having worked with numerous West Coast groups in the ‘60s, is also in rare form here, enhancing Blakeley’s well sculpted guitar-centric sounds. Tan Mantis tracks such as “Inuendo” and “Maruca” are up there with some of the best guitar instrumentals ever written. www.duncanst.com

PEAK / CONCORD
- A master of light and shade when it comes to smooth jazz, Lee Ritenour employs a range of vintage guitars to great effect on his 2006 CD. Ritenour’s love of Brazilian music and the smooth fretboard work of his idol, Wes Montgomery come into play on Smoke ‘N’ Mirrors. With Rit by a number of L.A. session greats, including Dave Grusin, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta (one of eight percussionists), guitarist Wesley Ritenour and more, Smoke ‘N’ Mirrors embraces both smooth jazz vocals and World Beat guitar instrumentals, with Rit drawing deep into the well on future classics like his title track and a cover of “Spellbinder,” by late great Gabor Szabo. www.leeritenour.com

PURE MUSIC
- Recorded live on November 18th and 19th, 2005, Live @ The Fat Cat features NYC guitarist Sheryl Bailey live in concert before a packed house at one of the city’s most prestigious jazz clubs. Backed up by Gary Versace (Hammond B-3) and Ian Froman (drums), Bailey makes a solid impression on her fifth solo CD performing tracks from her earlier CDs’ The Power Of 3 and Bull’s Eye! as well as an uptempo ode to jazz great Cedar Walton and a moody waltz dedicated to John Abercrombie. A fine showcase for Sheryl’s wide ranging musical influences and jazz guitar expertise, the nine track Live @ The Fat Cat is a treat for lovers of instrumental guitar jazz. www.sherylbailey.com

RAVEN RECORDS
- Aussie imprint Raven continues as the preeminent reissue label downunder with a fresh batch of 2006 remasters. First up is a double 2 on 1 CD from guitar ace Ry Cooder, pairing The Border (1982) with Alamo Bay (1985). As Cooder has stated, ‘A movie soundtrack is probably the last refuge of abstract music.’ Recorded in the wake of his work as slide guitarist with Taj Mahal, Captain Beefheart and the Stones, both soundtracks follow in the footsteps of Ry’s “patchwork of Americana” titles like Paris Texas and Crossroads. Also on Raven is a 2006 compilation from country rock guitarist / vocalist Glen Campbell, who covers the best of Jimmy Webb on Glen Campbell Sings The Best Of Jimmy Webb 1967-1992. Campbell will be forever remembered for covering Webb classics like “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman” and “By The Time I Get To Phoenix” but as this 24 track CD proves, Campbell’s later period Webb covers—including tracks from Glen’s 1992 album Wings Of Victory—underscore their long standing friendship. Long renowned for top song writing skills, Dwight Twilley is remastered on Twilley / Scuba Divers—a 22 track 2006 two on one CD from Raven. Never before released on CD, both albums combine Dwight’s Beatle-esque flair with Southern Rockabilly influences and offer further evidence of Twilley’s standing as a true innovator of power pop. Lastly, Raven’s 2006 CD from songstress Bobbie Gentry combines 22 tracks from her two 1968 albums, The Delta Sweete and Local Gentry, along with three bonus tracks. Kicking off with “Okolona River Bottom Band,” Raven’s 26 track CD features a number of Gentry originals along with three Beatles covers. Each of these classy Raven remasters feature colorful artwork and in depth liner notes. www.ravenrecords.co.au

RHINO
- In a year that saw the debut of color TV for so many in suburbia, The Monkees exploded on the scene in 1966 in a pre-fab fireball of Monkee mania. Having their own half hour weekly TV show, the band had a built in apparatus to sway the masses. With a volley of huge radio hits, the band delivered with great singing from each member giving fresh impressions of top pop tunes from the greatest tunesmiths of the era such as Boyce & Hart, Goffin-King, Neil Diamond as well as the band’s guitarist and song writing ace Mike Nesmith. Rhino honors the 40th birthday of The Monkees with double CD set remasters of the band’s first two albums. Kicking off the series both The Monkees and More Of The Monkees are offered in both stereo and mono mixes on separate CD’s, with each one bolstered by different bonus cuts and 28 page CD booklets. www.rhino.com

SM
- The latest release from U.K. based guitarist, Stuart McCallum covers a staggering range of guitar-based instrumental sounds. The 7 track Echo Architect gives rise to a new breed of spatial fusion guitar extrapolations in the spirit of Silent Way-era Miles as well as echoing the sound of McCallum’s musical associates such as Kenny Wheeler and John Surman. Like Wheeler, McCallum makes sure his solos and lead lines are rich in both melody, phasing and ambiance making Echo Architect a solid choice for adventurous guitar jazzers. www.cdbaby.com/cd/mccallum

SANCTUARY
- Although there was a double CD compilation of The Nazz a few years ago called Open Our Eyes, Sanctuary now follows up with separate CD reissues of the group’s first two albums. The formative years of the group’s lead guitarist and songwriter, Todd Rundgren, The Nazz split after two albums, the self-titled Nazz and their follow up Nazz Nazz. The ten track Nazz debut is further fleshed out on Sanctuary’s 22 track 2006 CD, with ten additional bonus tracks including demo tracks, mono singles and more, while Nazz Nazz is now a 42 track double CD with the second disc featuring rare tracks from the band’s aborted third and final album Fungo Bat, released without Rundgren’s approval in 1970 as Nazz III—ironically at the same time as Rundgren’s solo debut on Bearsville Runt. The first two Nazz albums are long considered pop masterpieces and now combined with the rare Todd vocal tracks from the Fungo Bat sessions on the double Nazz Nazz, both compilations put forth the most comprehensive retrospectives yet from The Nazz. www.sanctuaryrecords.com

SPIRITWOOD
- Minnesota-based guitarist Bill Bulinski is a master of diverse guitar sounds. Early in 2006 he released a rockin’ CD of surf-flecked rock instrumentals with his group The Greaseballs, entitled Tombstone Wax. Bulinski follows his Greaseballs recording with a completely different type of sound. Bare Naked Guitar is a solo guitar CD featuring 20 original Celtic inspired tracks featuring acoustic guitar. A sublime album filled with rustic and pastoral guitar instrumentals in the best spirit of John Renbourn and Stefan Grossman, Bare Naked Guitar is a celebration of ancient sounds filled with compelling guitar melodies and arrangements. From rocking out with The Greaseballs to his sublime solo acoustic work, Bulinski has both ends of the guitar spectrum covered. www.spiritwoodmusic.com

SPLASH / LINO MUSIC
- Released in Summer 2006, Miami Jam is a a fabulous guitar CD from guitarist Lino, who knocked guitar lovers for a loop with his 2004 album Return To Avalon. Featuring Lino in the studio backed up by excellent sidemen, Miami Jam follows up with a bunch of dramatic guitar tracks with roots in both melodic instrumental New Age and guitar jazz. “Chardonnay Afternoon” features a striking melody and Lino’s cover of the Mason Williams evergreen, “Classical Gas” does justice to the original. Borrowing from jazz, classical and Latin flavored music, Lino never fails to amaze with a striking palette of original guitar sounds. www.linomusic.com




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