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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, October 06, 2013

Billy Mure - Fireworks

Guitarist Billy Mure recorded Fireworks in 1957 as the followup to his debut album on RCA Victor, Supersonic Guitars in Hi-Fi. Unlike its predecessor Fireworks was recorded in RCA's "Living Stereo," allowing for some pretty amazing fretboard pyrotechnics. (For more information on Billy Mure read this earlier post.)

Added to Mure's multitracked guitars were three drummers and eight vocalists. The guitarist contributed four original numbers to the album, including the opening track Firecrackers.


Fireworks is not available on CD and the download version being offered by iTunes and others is, according to online comments, a substandard dub from a mono LP. Mure recorded a third album, Supersonics in Flight, for RCA and a similar LP for MGM, Supersonic Guitars. All of these are highly sought after by collectors.

Mure made other albums for MGM, Everest, Kapp and Strand, but those featuring his "Supersonic Guitars" are the ones to get.

Here's a track from that first RCA album, Supersonic Guitars in Hi-Fi.

Billy Mure passed away in Vero Beach, Fla., on Sept. 25. He was 97.

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