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MY GUITAR Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered

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CD debut of this hard-to-find album by pioneering jazz guitarist George Van Eps! 1966's My Guitar was his first album in almost a decade, and the first of three albums he'd record for Capitol; he takes on '60s favorites like the Beatles' Love Me Do; If I Fell , and Yesterday plus Spanish Eyes; Theme from A Summer Place; Lollipops and Roses , and six more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Spanish Eyes
  2. And I Love Her
  3. All My Loving
  4. There Will Never Be Another You
  5. Yesterday
  6. Lollipops And Roses
  7. Love Me Do
  8. I'll Walk Alone
  9. If I Fell
  10. I'm Glad There Is You
  11. It's Been A Long Long Time
  12. Theme From 'A Summer Place'


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 1, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: October 1, 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sundazed
  • ASIN: B00006AWF4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,670 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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All musicians of George Van Eps' generation were faced with changing tastes. Rock and pop were an unstoppable wave, sweeping away a generation of more thoughtful musicians. There was considerable pressure to "get hip". Most of those efforts were cringe-inducing (Sinatra, Merman), but Van Eps is much more successful.

There are a handful of standards in this album, but most songs were adaptations of Beatles tunes--songs with good bones. Van Eps finds his own path through these songs and gives us arrangements that are musical and imaginative. He's true to the music without condescending. While George is the anchor of the album, he gets great help from percussionist Frank Flynn. Flynn wanders from instrument to instrument, shaker to mallet to brush. It's a casual--but appropriate--way of making music. One couldn't imagine an album like this today. No overdubs. No edits as far as I can hear. It's just a couple of guys making really nice music.
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I tracked this album down after listening to an interview with one of my favorite 7-string guitarists (Ron Escheté) who cited van Eps as his influence and when on to discuss his genius. This is the first of van Eps' albums I came across and I was instantly taken by his playing.

While there are pop tunes on the album I was not put off because van Eps' handling of every song on the album is nothing short of the genius that Ron Escheté claimed him to be. More importantly he was accompanied by a single musician, frank Flynn, who backed him with vibraphone, marimba, and a variety of percussion instruments (including a catalog covered in plastic played with brushes on some of the songs such as I Walk Along.

Between van Eps and Flynn there is a lot of studio magic happening that goes beyond van Eps' command of his instrument. The arranging and interpretation by van Eps, and Flynn's inventive backing actually boggles my mind and inspires my own imagination. Perhaps the fact that they were performing pop and having fun instead of being shackled by staid standards is one of the things about this album that I found so refreshing. If you are a musician listening to this album I am fairly certain that it will get the creative juices flowing after you become aware that this is a duo with the percussion member doing all kinds of non-traditional stuff - and pulling it off!

This was recorded in two sessions at Capitol's Studio B in Los Angeles. The first session on March 10,1966 produced tracks 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 12, with the rest of the tracks on March 16.
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George Van Eps is a pioneer and key influence for many great guitarists...if you love great jazz guitar in the vein of Chet Atkins, Lenny Breau, Ted Greene, Joe Pass, and the other few guitarists at this lofty peak of greatness, simply buy it and listen!
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An album that plays well as background music or for close listening. The chord changes, actual and implied, texture the songs beautifully. Well worth listening to multiple times. Van Eps, Johnny Smith, and Joe Pass are always interesting.
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This is a beautifully unique, quasi-duet, LP. His fascinating re-formulation of “Love Me Do”, the exciting extended interplay of “All My Loving”, and his par excellence version of “yesterday” — replete with a new “section” consistent with McCartney’s melody — is singular in its graceful beauty. Enjoy!
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