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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.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Various Artists - Planetary Pebbles, Vol. 1: Surfbeat Behind the Iron Curtain

Do you find the idea of surfing music in countries that were under the influence of the Soviet Union a bit strange? Me, too.

Although there are some fine instrumental sounds, recorded from 1963-66, to be heard on this CD released in 1997, the surfing influence isn't the strongest one on display. Most of the groups seem to be influenced by The Ventures (U.S) or The Shadows (U.K.), neither of which can be described as a surfing band.

The title of this album is also misleading on another front: Only about half the bands are actually from behind the so-called Iron Curtain. The rest are from West Germany, Japan, Italy, Holland and the U.K. Among them were The Capras, a West German outfit that was mainly a vocal group. Beginning of Autumn appears to be their only instrumental, which you can sample below.

Beginning of Autumn

Planetary Pebbles, Vol. 1: Surfbeat Behind the Iron Curtain is readily available from most of the major online merchants. The cheapest prices appear to be in the Amazon Marketplace. Be aware that all this stuff was dubbed from vinyl and surface noise is quite noticeable on some tracks.

Three volumes of the Planetary Pebbles series were released. Here's a video sample from Vol. 3, an East German group, Satelliten, playing something called Scary Night.

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