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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, May 26, 2013

Claude Ciari Joue Les Succès De Fairuz ‎– Habbeytak Bessayf

French guitarist Claude Ciari (previously profiled in a post in April 2013) recorded this intriguing blend of Western easy listening and Arabic melodies in 1974. It's dedicated to the songs of Fairuz (Arabic for Turquoise), a Lebanese singer who has fans throughout the Arab world.

There were numerous releases of this album in various countries and there are several variations in the spelling of the singer's name and of the song titles because of their translations from Arabic. There were slight changes in the album title as well, depending on where the LP was released.

The LP cover pictured above was the one used in France and Greece, and perhaps other countries as well. Listen to a sample track.


There have been at least three CD reissues of this album, all from EMI. They have the covers below and the contents are identical.

The third version (gold cover) is probably the easiest to obtain. It's available at a low price from Amazon in the U.K. Prices of the other two are astronomical (in the $100 range on eBay and Amazon). Why, I have no idea. They're relatively recent releases, so go figure.

After a cursory search, the album does not seem to be available as a legal download, at least from the usual sources (iTunes, Amazon, etc.).

From YouTube here's Claude Ciari playing Homage a Fairuz, his personal tribute to the Lebanese performer. Note the variation in the album cover.

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