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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, December 17, 2012

Duane Eddy - Early Christmas

Each year between 2004 and 2010 guitarist Duane Eddy, rock 'n' roll's all-time best selling instrumentalist, released an original Christmas song, which was posted on the web for fans to download for free. These songs were never released on CD.

The original posting site has long since disappeared so I thought it was time to give people another chance to hear his first offering from '04. The link to Early Christmas follows.

Early Christmas

As you can hear it's just Duane and electronically-generated accompaniment. It sounds OK and his guitar tone is as deep and warm as it has always been. But I think Early Christmas is a tune that cries for a full band treatment, as do some of his other Christmas songs, released only as MP3s. It's a shame that Duane has never done a Christmas album, but I guess there's still hope as he's still very active at age 74. There -- that's my Christmas wish.

To keep up to date with his appearances and recordings, check the Duane Eddy Circle website and perhaps consider joining this long-running fan group.

Duane toured the U.K. this past spring to promote his album Road Trip (recorded in Sheffield, England). Here's a clip from his show at the Cheese and Grain in Frome, Somerset, on May 24.

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