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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.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Albert Collins - Hot 'n Cold (45 single)

Blues guitarist Albert Collins (1932-1993) had his own band in Houston, Texas, when he was 18, but it wasn't until 1958 that he recorded his first single, The Freeze, in a local studio.

Almost all his early singles recorded from 1958 to 1965 for several Houston labels were instrumentals. Several of them, like his signature tune Frosty, became staples of  his shows over the next three decades.

Hot 'n Cold (b/w Dyin' Flu, a vocal) was recorded in 1965 for Hall Records in Houston and distributed nationally on the TCF/Hall label, a subsidiary of 20th Century Fox. The featured saxophonist is identified only as "Big Tiny." The MP3 is from the 45 single.

Hot'n Cold

A dozen of Collins's early sides were gathered on The Cool Sound of Albert  Collins, an LP issued on TCF/Hall in 1965.

This album was reissued by Blue Thumb in 1970 as Truckin' with Albert Collins, with a gatefold cover.

Truckin' with Albert Collins is available as a download from most of the major sites, including iTunes. Cheap copies on CD are also plentiful and it has been recently (late 1993) issued on 180-gram vinyl for audiophiles.

Below is another selection from the album.

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