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Hot Rod Guitar: The Danny Gatton Anthology


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  • Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000IL68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,542 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Honeysuckle Rose
2. Harlem Nocturne
3. After Hours
4. Redneck Jazz
5. Sax Fifth Avenue
6. Canadian Sunset (Live)
7. Love My Baby (Live)
8. Lappin It Up
9. Notchco Blues
10. Funky Mama
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Funhouse
2. So Good
3. Sun Medley (Mystery Train/My Baby Left Me/That's All Right)
4. Cruisin' Deuce
5. Broadway
6. Gearheads
7. Kindred Spirits
8. Poinciana
9. Red Label
10. Gold Rush
See all 12 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

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Gatton was such a genre-jumper that he never found a commercial niche; instead, he was the guitarist's guitarist, fluent and fluid in various forms of rock, country, jazz, and blues. But he clearly had an innate fondness for country, especially bluegrass (perhaps that's what made him the fastest picker of his time). Among the country-oriented highlights here are the scintillating "Redneck Jazz," the rockabilly "Love My Baby" (with Robert Gordon singing), "Sun Medley" (with Delbert McClinton's Fogerty-esque barking), and "Linus and Lucy/Orange Blossom Medley," in which "Steel Guitar Rag" flashes by in a blur. But his country flair also manifests itself in more subtle ways (fingerpicking the blues, for example). If you don't mind a crash course in other American music mixed in with your country--it's not like being forced to eat beets with your burger, after all--then Gatton's your man. --John Morthland

Customer Reviews

Every serious fan of the guitar needs to have this in their library!
Steven R Robinett
He is without a doubt one of the all time greats, perhaps even the best but that's open to debate.
M. Joseph
DANNY GATTON was a technically GREAT player who excelled at every musical genre.
STEPHEN T. McCARTHY

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steven H. Hulme on August 19, 1999
Format: Audio CD
My first exposure to the late, great Danny "The Humbler" Gatton was on "Austin City Limits." I tuned in to watch somebody else, and he was the second act. He came out and just looked like he was kidding around, and not really getting serious. But the sounds... boy howdy, that guitar was talking, singing, laughing, crying! Like it says in the extensive liner notes: "Danny could play anybody else's music; nobody else could play Danny's music." This guy can play ANYTHING on his Telecaster! Hot Rod Guitar is a comprehensive anthology, showcasing Danny playing rock, jazz, country, showtunes ... you name it. Other guitarists named Gatton "The Humbler," but anybody who appreciates fine musicianship will enjoy this 2-CD set. Buy it now, thank me later.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By STEPHEN T. McCARTHY on March 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I was introduced to the music of DANNY GATTON by Larry Rosen (better known to his friends as F'n Lelly.) In 1994, F'n Lelly (himself a pretty good guitarist in an L.A. Blues band at the time) recorded a cassette for me which he titled, "LITTLE GUITAR DITTIES : LELLY'S FAVORITES." It contained 3 Danny Gatton tracks including the '93 version of HARLEM NOCTURNE, which knocked me out! All these years later, the incredible playing of Gatton still amazes and satisfies. He was one of the most technically proficient musicians to ever sling a six-string; and the most versatile, which more than anything accounts for his relative obscurity.

In 1978, I was on the set of a Lee's Sportswear commercial which featured the renowned Jazz guitarist, LEE RITENOUR. I happened to be standing nearby when he spoke to another musician about this new inventive guitarist named EDDIE VAN HALEN who had just arrived on the scene. In demonstrating Eddie's "tapping" technique, Ritenour whipped off a perfect Van Halenesque solo. My jaw dropped! I was an 18-year-old "Rock 'N' Roll Actor" at the time (a silly phrase I had coined for myself to describe my attitude as a performer) and I was heavily into Rock music back then. I later struck up a conversation with Ritenour and asked him what he thought of several other Rock guitarists who were popular at the time. I was surprised to hear him say, "They're all good."

The proverbial "lightbulb" above my head lit up that day. It occurred to me that usually very little difference in technical facility separates the artists of any medium at the highest levels of professionalism. The greatest artists achieve legendary status and eternal fame not so much on their technical ability, but based on their innovations and/or stylistic approach.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ace Rockola on April 17, 2000
Format: Audio CD
...because they're about to be blown off !
Just purchased this fine compilation of the late Danny Gatton. There's something for everyone here: If you like rockabilly, jazz, country, rock. Danny's genius in being able to tackle all these styles, was perhaps his achilles heel - you can't pidgeon-hole his music (which is a necessity if you're gonna be commercially sucessful.) THANKFULLY, Danny played what he wanted to play. It may have cost him fame and fortune, but for me, I am thankful someone turned me on to his music. Listen to "Funhouse", a snappy, catchy tune that indeed conjures up a festive, party atomosphere. A Telecaster never sounded so good! Also of note is the saxaphone solo - Bill Holloman is excellent! "Harlem Nocturne" is another song that displays Danny's awesome tone. It's errie, bluesy; just magical. This same song includes some Hammond B-3 like you've never heard! I won't say Danny sounds like Stevie Ray Vaughan, but if you appreciate originality, distinct tones, and someone who was just as good as Stevie, only different, then you will not regret this purchase. Buy it - and that's my final answer !
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James D. Richardson on January 6, 2005
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I like Satriani, Johnson, Keaggy, and other masters. But Danny was the best, IMO. He could do almost anything with a Tele, simple setup, and a Heiny beer bottle slide. He was unpretentious on stage, not much for flash or jumping. The first time I saw him (of many) I walked into Babes in DC and thought "Hey, this guy is clean and GOOD!" Walked over to the little platform and suddenly thought, "Geez, can't this guy afford a second guitarist instead of a tape machine to play against?" But it quickly became apparent that he was the only guitarist there. Wow! He was playing two full parts at once, lead and rhythm, in the "sound holes" of each part. Yet he made everything look so simple and easy.

Listen to Elmira St. Boogie and Blues Newberg, *all the way through several times,* and hear a true artiste's soul come through more with each listening. The amazing technique, the build, the touch and feel, nothing overdone, perfect tones at each moment, all the nuances and subtleties...Perfection perfectly perfected.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When you hear this CD you have to scratch your head and ask why isn't Danny Gatton's name spoken of with the same reverence as Jimi Hendrix. It bugs me that lesser lights have achieved fame and fortune while Danny Gatton is no longer with us. If you're a fan of the electric guitar you must have some Danny Gatton in your collection. That's an order not a recommendation. I thought Eric Johnson was the most versatile player I'd heard but DG's something else. For newcomers, this anthology is the best place to start. Rockabilly, jazz, chicken pickin..DG excels at a range of styles, playing with speed, lightness of touch and a real good feeling. Forget your shredders, DG is the boss. He may be gone but at least he deserves a posthumous re-evaluation ..now.
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