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Selected MP3s of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, and classic easy listening from the original vinyl.

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Welcome to Guitars & All That Jazz

Guitars & All That Jazz was a radio station that webcast via Live365 for 11 years, ending in June 2011. The playlist consisted of guitar instrumentals, jazz, big band, early rock 'n' roll, lounge music and classic easy listening.

I hope to share some of this music with you via this blog. Most of it will be taken from the original vinyl (LPs and 45s) , cassettes and the occasional commercially unavailable CD.

Here's hoping you'll find something to enjoy. Please note files are available only for a limited time.

I urge you to purchase the digital version of the albums featured, either on CD or via download, wherever possible.

Listen to the Music
There are now two music streams. Click the appropriate player to the right.
1. Guitars & All That Jazz: Five hours of the best in jazz, guitars and other instrumental gems. New songs are added weekly.
2. Tiki Shores: Music to sweep you away to a tropical isle, a South American dance floor or a bossa nova on the beach at Rio. About 4.5 hours of classic exotica music, Latin rhythms and bossa nova.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Duane Eddy - Guitar Man

In 1975, Arista Records released the LP Guitar Man after Duane Eddy's surprise hit on the U.K. charts, Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar. Of course the album included the hit single, but there was also a cover of the Fifth Dimension's 1972 hit (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All. Not much surprise there either as the same gentleman, Tony Macaulay, wrote both songs and was the producer of both Guitar Man and the Fifth Dimension hit.

Guitar Man featured both straight instrumentals and songs with a vocal group, much in the vein of Eddy's 1963 hit for RCA Victor, (Dance with the) Guitar Man. Below is the MP3 of Eddy's cover of (Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All, taken from the original vinyl.

(Last Night) I Didn't Get to Sleep at All

And for those of you who like to watch, here's Duane doing Play Me Like You Play Your Guitar on the BBC's Top of the Pops program.

Guitar Man was released on CD in 2009 by the British company Beat Goes On. It contained two bonus tracks, vocals that Duane Eddy had recorded and that were released as a single by CBS in the U.K. The CD is now out of print, but apparently is still available from the record company.

Eddy is enjoying a resurgence of late. In 2011, he released a new album, Road Trip, on both CD and vinyl in the U.K. It is available in the U.S. as an import. Or you can opt for the much cheaper digital download. Click here for details.

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