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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.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mountain Dew Brass - Instrumental Hits of Country Girls

There's really not much you can say about an LP that has zero recording information -- no credits, not even a recording date.

It appears that there were two releases under the Mountain Dew Brass moniker -- Instrumental Hits of Country Girls and Johnny's Cash and Charley's Pride. The ensemble name comes from the bargain basement label on which they were released -- Mountain Dew Records. The company was based not in Nashville but in Newark, N.J. Their products were sold in discount stores and truck stops.

The two LPs were issued with consecutive catalog numbers, probably somewhere around 1975. Both albums were issued with similar cover photos and exactly the same black-and-white sketch on the back.

The Mountain Dew Brass was an obvious attempt to cash in on the success of Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass. Still, the music is listenable instrumental pop and the sound quality is quite good for cheap vinyl.

The content of Instrumental Hits of Country Girls was pretty obvious -- brass versions of songs made famous by top female country singers. Among them was Loretta Lynn's To Make a Man.

To Make a Man

None of the Mountain Dew Brass material has made it to a digital format. However, the LPs are frequent visitors to the thrift store bins.

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