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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 13, 2013

The Starsound Orchestra - Rockin' Guitar

The anonymous K-Tel instrumental band The Starsound Orchestra reared its head again in 1994 for this CD release. In this case the head isn't particularly ugly; in fact if you're going to listen to cover versions of rock instrumentals you could do a lot worse.

The Starsound Orchestra moniker has adorned all kinds of K-Tel releases over the years -- rock, big band, disco, easy listening and classical. Most of them should be left to moulder in thrift store bins. But if you spot this one pick it up. A sample track is available below.

Walk Don't Run

You've probably suffered through some pretty inept cover versions if you listen to this sort of thing, and while The Starsound Orchestra's take on Walk Don't Run doesn't come close to the The Ventures' original, it's not an embarrassment either.

The CD version of Rockin' Guitar has long since disappeared from K-Tel's catalogue, but the album is available as a download almost everywhere.

Here's an example of The Starsound Orchestra name being used for one of K-Tel's collections of big band standards -- and it's pretty decent, too. This album is easily obtained in either a triple-CD box or as a download under the title Big Bands Greatest Hits. Some of the titles in this set are also included in a double-CD K-Tel set called Stompin' at the Savoy, so you're better off buying the box with three discs.

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