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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.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Stingers (Jerry Cole) - Guitars a Go Go

The Stingers was just one of the pseudonyms by Los Angeles session guitarist Jerry Cole, who churned out numerous low-budget albums for Crown Records in the 1960s. He also recorded some LPs under his own name, including several surf albums for Capitol.

Cole played on countless records during the '60s, including such hits as the Byrds' Mr. Tambourine Man, Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made for Walking and the Pet Sounds album by the Beach Boys.

Guitars a Go Go came out in 1964, passing largely unnoticed except by those of us who pawed the discount racks in supermarkets, drug stores and other places where one wouldn't normally shop for music.

007 Rides Again is typical of the tracks on the album (there was a Volume 2 of Guitars a Go Go in 1966) and despite the title it doesn't bear much resemblance to the James Bond soundtracks. It's closer to the popular surf guitar sound of the day than anything else.

Listen to, and download, 007 Rides Again from the link below. The MP3 is taken from a copy of the original Crown LP.

007 Rides Again

Fortunately much of Cole's '60s output is available on CD, including both volumes of Guitars a Go Go on a single CD from the Ace label in the U.K.

Cole, who died in 2008, is also well represented in the digital downloads sections of the major online merchants.

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