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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, January 20, 2014

Hank Marvin - Hank Marvin

Hank Marvin is well-known as the lead guitarist for Britain's No. 1 instrumental group, The Shadows, who also served as the backing group for Cliff Richard.

The Shadows disbanded after the hits stopped in the late 1960s, although the group remained active off and on until what was billed as the Final Reunion Tour in 2009-10.

Marvin also had a fairly busy recording career outside The Shadows, beginning his solo output in 1969, during that first Shadows' hiatus, with the self-titled LP pictured above. It went to No. 14 on the U.K. chart.

The music on Hank Marvin is easy listening for the most part, with covers of recent hits like Aquarius, Lara's Theme and This Guy's in Love With You interspersed with a few originals. Here's Marvin's take on a familiar movie theme.

Born Free

The Hank Marvin LP has received two releases on CD, both of which are out of print. The first, in 1994, came from the See For Miles label and had eight bonus tracks.

Four years later EMI came out with its own version with the original cover art and 10 bonus tracks. Both CDs are hard to come by, with the See For Miles release (shown above) commanding ridiculously high prices.

However, the EMI version is available as a download and used copies of the original vinyl LP appear to be plentiful and cheap.

This is one of the bonus tracks that's included on both CD reissues:

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