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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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Golden Hits of Guitar

For an album with the uninspired title of Golden Hits of Guitar this cassette release contains some pretty fair guitar instrumentals. The cassette was manufactured in Canada and released on the SuperSound label, but the sound of the guitars indicates that the music on this mysterious release originated in Europe.

There is no information other than song titles and a catalogue number on the insert -- no date, no recording information, no artist, nothing. And what's with that cover picture?

Some of the guitar instrumental warhorses are here, Guitar Boogie Shuffle, Apache and Sleep Walk among them. Then there's this piece entitled The Dream. When you listen to it you'll probably recognize Romanza, a familiar classical piece by an anonymous composer that probably dates from the late 19th century. In recent times it's also often recorded under the title of Forbidden Games (Jeux interdits) because of its use in the 1952 French film of that name.

The Dream

I'm sure these recordings have been endlessly repackaged under various titles, as is usually the case with these anonymous recordings. And who knows, you might even spot this cassette at a garage sale or thrift store. Who could resist cover art like that?

Here's a more classical interpretation of Forbidden Games. It's a nice clean digital recording, but again credits are sadly lacking.

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