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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, December 09, 2012

Sue Instrumentals (1959-1967): The Beat Is On


In 1987 EMI, which owned the catalogue of the R&B and jazz label Sue, issued
Sue Instrumentals (1959-1967): The Beat Is On as part of its Treasury series of releases.
Amazingly this compilation was issued only on vinyl and cassette and not on CD. Strange indeed, considering that the CD was a well-established format by 1987.
In any case this album was a treasure trove for lovers of instrumentals, with tracks by both well-known names (Bill Doggett, Jimmy McGriff, Ike Turner) and some lesser-known artists (Hank Jacobs, The Duals, The Commandos).
Sue Records was founded in New York by Juggy Murray. The company, which billed itself as "The Sound of Soul," was at its peak between 1959 and 1962 with hits by Jimmy McGriff, Baby Washington and Ike and Tina Turner.
Ike Turner had a pair of of tracks on the Sue Instrumentals album, including Going Home. The MP3 is taken from a cassette copy of the album.

Going Home




Going Home was included on a 2000 CD released by the British Ace Records label.


Ike's Instrumentals contained a generous 22 tracks and is still available online at a reasonable price.

Neither Ike's Instrumentals or the earlier Sue Instrumentals appear to be available as downloads. Getting hold of a vinyl copy of Sue Instrumentals would probably prove to be difficult and expensive.

Here's another great Ike Turner instrumental from YouTube. The Groove is also on the Ike's Instrumentals CD.

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