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Unfinished Business

Danny GattonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 30, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Powerhouse Records
  • ASIN: B0006FFRPW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,371 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews


...heartwarming Gatton replete with screaming whistlers, crying bends, soaring sustained notes, and breathtaking soul. Whew! -- Brawner Smoot fromn the CD's liner notes

Gatton's version of "Sleep Walk" here trumps all the others, even the original. -- John Heidt Vintage Guitar Magazine 2005

This all inistrumental disc presents Gatton blitzing through twangy honky-tonkers, vintage jazz, swing tunes, and 50's style R&B. -- Bill Wasserheizer Blues Revue Magazine June 2005

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will knock your socks off! January 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is one of my favorite albums by Danny. It is a true potpourri of styles (but isn't that what Danny was all about?), and if anyone doubts that Danny was the greatest guitarist to walk on this sweet earth ... well just listen to this CD.

"Sleepwalk" had been in Danny's repertoire for many years when this was recorded, but he plays it with such feeling, such inventiveness, such utter mastery of his instrument, that if it were a painting, it would be hanging in the Louvre. This is a cut to be treasured, listened to over and over ... it grows more beautiful with each repeated listening.

"Notcho Blues" is, I think, a tribute to Roy Buchanan, Danny's elder fellow Tele player, from whom he picked up a lot of guitar. Roy has a similar sounding cut on one of his albums, except his blues stays on the tonic for the entire piece. Danny stays on the tonic for an extended period, but then moves to the subdominant and completes the blues form. This is done so dramatically and with such soul, that it will blow you away. Awesome!!

"Fingers on Fire" shows Danny's humorous side as well as demonstrating his monster technique. It is the musical equivalent of a Marx Brothers movie.

"Cherokee" is Danny's tribute to his first musical influence, Les Paul. He does an admirable job imitating Les, with the help of some overdubbing.

"Lappin' it Up" is played on a lap steel guitar, and The Charlie Christian piece is played on a big Gibson.

"Melancholy Serenade", Jackie Gleason's TV theme, is given the royal treatment. This cut shows why Danny was really one of a kind: he didn't play his guitar like most other guitarists. On this cut, he plays it as if it were a tenor saxophone.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally they released this again ! May 27, 2005
By Jazzcat
Format:Audio CD
Oh Yeah ! Yes! Yes! Yes! Yeah! The did it! Finally they did it! They released again "Unfinished business" which was the last album I didn't have from Danny Gatton! Yeah! My collection is now complete! I own everything Danny has ever recorded and published! I own the "whole story"! And what an incredibly story that has been! Danny was an amazing player, he was able to play every imaginable american music style with the best of them and probably better than the best players of each style! Jazz, rockabilly, blues, chickenpicking, surf, slide, acoustic, ballads, bluegrass everything, he could play everything with great authority and he hated to be categorized in just one of those kinds of playing because he knew he was able to play marvellous music in all those styles. Try to figure out that it happened in the nineties that Guitar Player Magazine readers voted him as the best country guitar player and he did never record a pure country album in his life! Talking about a spectacular player that could outplay every cat in the biz! But after all, he played something that was really personal out of all those influences. He play very good music not a bunch of licks taken from here or there. This album is among his best in my opinion together with "Redneck Jazz", "Redneck Jazz Explosion", "Relentless" with Joey De Francesco and few more. It's simply Danny at the top of his game. He was a living encyclopedia of american music. His '53 telecaster in his hands was able to produce some truly breathtaking rollercoaster music. He is one of the very few guys that have left me asking "How did he do that?" (to quote a very wellknown Eddie Van Halen phrase about Allan Holdsworth). I mean, "unifinished Business" is Danny at his best. Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! September 24, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Danny was so good it's ridiculous. When I first heard this CD years ago, I flipped out. Words cant do justice to Danny's playing. Just listen! Awesome tone and technique. This is a must have for any guitarist, it will put you in your place quick. "Fingers on Fire" will have your jaw on the ground. "Sky King" will make you fly. They didn't call him "The Humbler" for nothing. So sad that he's gone...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary guitar. November 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Danny Gatton is a guitar genius. Everything is pristine, clean, and totally flawless. Nothing short of fantastic. Nit Pickin' & Sleepwalk are the strongest. His style on guitar cannot be outdone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Gatton recording I've heard so far... January 27, 2008
By Bacco
Format:Audio CD
Using words to describe Gatton's playing is useless not only does he touch all bases on guitar here but he does it with sound , technique, style, tone and all adjectives you can think of to describe guitar playing. That being said he had apparently mastered blues, country and jazz in all of it's glory including rockabilly and swing. You name it he played it. He has more chops here than most players have in their lifetime. Strongly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Taking Care of BUSINESS July 8, 2012
Format:Audio CD
I'm not sure it really go over, but if Simon Cowell and Co. ever wanted to expand their franchise--and they bothered to ask ME about it--I'd suggest they consider a reality series called AMERICAN **GUITAR** IDOL. I mean, why all the attention solely on aspiring vocalists? Anyone who grew up in the '60s and '70s knows that the REAL musical deities were lead guitarists. Did anyone ever call Robert Plant or Rod Stewart "GOD"? No, but Eric Clapton...and occasionally, Jimmy Page, sure!

But then again, maybe such a TV program wouldn't work, after all. I doubt the try outs would be nearly as much fun. Do we really want to see the guitar equivalent of William Hung debase himself/herself on national TV? And how many would even try? At least in my immediate circle, guitarists don't tend to delude themselves about their abilities. They KNOW if they're good.

And WE do too, of course. It's often assumed that the fans who get most excited about guitar greats are guitarists themselves. That may be true to a large extent, but there are also plenty of us non-pickers out there who have developed discriminating tastes when it comes to great guitarists. If there's any instrument that's become an essential part of the fabric of popular music in America (and the WORLD), it's the electric guitar. It's a sound embedded in the culture--and in our collective musical ear. Isn't that one reason why most instrumental Top 40 hits of the past 50 or so years have been guitar performances?

The legendary Danny Gatton resurrected one of those classic instrumentals for his 1987 release UNFINISHED BUSINESS, namely Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk," or perhaps I should say, he reinvented it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album
Danny Gatton is one of the guitar great who died too young. This album is great to listen to and I never tire of playing it over and over....
Published 5 months ago by Chadster
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the best.
This is one of the best records from one of the best guitar players that ever was.
If you do not know Danny Gatton and want to check it out, this is a great place to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by H. Costa
4.0 out of 5 stars Danny Gatton's--"Unfinished Business"--Cd
Great Cd--by the Late Great Danny Gattion--one of a few that where
Masters of the of Telecaster. Read more
Published 12 months ago by pawnshop
5.0 out of 5 stars A Master Class In Guitar Picking!
If you are a fan of great guitar playing, you have to get this cd. Danny even brings some surprises to the over covered "Sleep Walk".
Published 15 months ago by Estring
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
The item was received on time and as described. It was packed for shipment in a careful and protective manner. I recommend this vendor.
Published 18 months ago by Ron A
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent addition to your Gatton library
If you're a fan of Danny Gatton's brilliant style of Telecasting and don't have this, get it. While I found the first half of the CD much more engaging and inspiring, it's all good... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Len
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad day when he took his own life!
There is something special about Danny Gatton and this CD is no exception. Perhaps it is his choice of songs that he covered such as "Canadian Sunset" from his "Redneck Jazz"... Read more
Published on October 15, 2010 by Louis Ogden
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album - highly recommended
I was fortunate enough to see Danny Gatton perform live just once, and I must say it was an experience never to be forgotten. Read more
Published on September 14, 2010 by alocalmusiciansomewhereinmd
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I'm a heavy metal fan at heart, but when a friend of mine loaned me this on LP I was blown away. Fingers of Fire, all I can say is wow. The guitar work on this album is amazing. Read more
Published on May 6, 2008 by Linden A. Fravel Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar God
I don't know diddle about guitar playing, but I love to hear this guy play. I saw him play Fingers on Fire on a banjo with no picks, amazing!
Published on January 26, 2008 by Tool User
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