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Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theater 1992
Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theater 1992
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great live album, May 3, 2014
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If you are a fan of the original Allman Brothers and their Fillmore East album, this is a good companion piece: a very strong two-disc live album from the current Allmans with an excellent collection of songs. Added bonus: a nifty version of Robert Johnson's "Come On in My Kitchen."


The Guitar Artistry Of Charlie Byrd
The Guitar Artistry Of Charlie Byrd
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Byrd's best, April 25, 2014
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There are so many Charlie Byrd albums. If you love jazz guitar and enjoy his acoustic style, this album of jazz standards is one of the best to focus entirely on his guitar work.


Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne
Looking Into You: A Tribute To Jackson Browne
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent tribute album., April 25, 2014
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What do you want out of the funny genre of the tribute album? A good tribute album, first of all, reminds you of the richness of the catalog of the artist being celebrated. Second, it includes covers that reveal the songs in a fresh light because of how they reflect the distinctive style of the performers. Covers fail when they are too close to the originals and engender a response of "nice--but not as good as the original." They also fail when the gap between performer and original is so great that the result is jarring.

"Looking Into You" certainly succeeds in reminding us of what a great songwriter Jackson Browne is. His gift for taking thoughtful or conversational phrases that seem like they could never be song lyrics and making them work melodically is matched only by Joni Mitchell. The range and number of his great songs is vividly revealed on this two-CD set.

Some of the covers fall into the category of not distinctively different from the original, but none are jarring or distasteful. Not surprisingly, some of the best covers come from singers with well-known and distinctive styles: Keb Mo (great version of "Rock Me on the Water"), Lucinda Williams ("The Pretender"), Bonnie Raitt, Don Henley. The standout for me is the Indigo Girls version of Browne's great "Fountain of Sorrow" (with Amy Ray's voice in a low register doing the lead). (For contrast, see J.D. Souther's high-pitched cover).

Some of the musicians I don't know contribute some beautiful stuff, including a great version of "Before the Deluge" in which Jackson's anger is replaced by an appropriate mournfulness. If you are a Jackson Browne fan, this is worth having.


Return Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram Parsons
Return Of The Grievous Angel: A Tribute To Gram Parsons
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic and memorable album, April 25, 2014
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I recently discovered this album that Gram Parsons fans have known of for years. A great array of sensitive covers of his songs, with , fittingly, several appearances by Emmy Lou Harris. Even for someone like me, who is not a Gram Parsons aficianado, this is a lovely album that repays multiple listenings.


Songs From St. Somewhere
Songs From St. Somewhere
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5.0 out of 5 stars More great songs, September 21, 2013
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Some parrotheads are all about the classic Buffett hits from years ago. But Jimmy is a great songwriter and keeps creating pieces with memorable and original lyrics. Like most of his albums, there are a few songs that fall flat. But there are several great ones from the clever "Earl's Dead: Cadillac For Sale" to the profound ruminations of "Einstein was a Surfer." Two great pieces include Mark Knopfler, and he appears to have written a beautiful one for Jimmy looking at aging: "Last Surfer on the Beach."


HandPicked
HandPicked
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4.0 out of 5 stars Klugh at his best, September 21, 2013
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As a "guitar-head," I've always admired Earl Klugh's skills, but I've often found his work too much in the bland "smooth jazz" vein. That's true here to an extent, but working with covers gives him more room to be jazzy and melodic and inventive. Some of the songs are absolutely stunning in their virtuosity. And the duet with Jake Shimimburo on "Hotel California" is an absolute delight


Privateering
Privateering
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent new album from Knopfler, May 28, 2013
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Mark Knopfler hasn't quite matched "Sailing to Philadelphia," but his albums always have interesting songs and beautiful guitar. "Privateering" is one of the best. Kim Wilson's work on harp gives several numbers a bluesy feel. And "Bluebird" with its folk-blues evocative lyrics and haunting guitar solo is worth the price of admission. I'd say: 5 stars if you are a big Knopfler fan; 4 stars for everyone else. Don't know why this is not available as an MP3 or a domestic cd. Odd.


La gitane (Gypsy Jazz manouche)
La gitane (Gypsy Jazz manouche)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine gypsy jazz guitar, April 18, 2013
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I didn't know this player, but I love the style (from Django Reinhart to Frank Vignola), so I thought I'd give it a try. Excellent guitar work (though he stays very close to the melody line). A little heavy on classic Tin Pan Alley tunes, but it is fun to hear Singin' in the Rain and Strangers in the Night given this treatment. 5 stars for gypsy jazz lovers, 3-4 for those coming to it primarily as jazz guitar lovers.


Ou Welto Risella
Ou Welto Risella
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Gypsy Jazz, April 18, 2013
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If you like modern day gypsy jazz in the Django Reinhart style, you will find this album delightful. The guitar is front and center with beautiful and inventive solos. This is vocal music, however, with French lyrics. The singing complements the guitar playing, and I've found myself listening to this album again and again. Great stuff.


Born To Sing: No Plan B
Born To Sing: No Plan B
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great Van M, April 18, 2013
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There are two strands to Van the Man: Celtic musing and soulful blues. Born to Sing is in the soulful blues category. Tight arrangements (with nice horns) and Van in good voice. If you like this side of Van Morrison (I do), you will like the album. Having said that, like most recent Van Morrison albums it doesn't have the standout hit power of the songs he's famous for: Tupelo Honey, Domino, Caravan, Into the Mystic, etc. So: good solid bluesy music without a powerful hooks that will stay in your head.


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