Sorry for the 2 year delay. Personal issues and life got in the way and I was pissed off at the industry - that didn't help either. Guilt got me and I can't stay away. Got lots of great stuff to share and comment about. For now, will be posting stuff off and on. Expanding the horizons of the blog - you will get more mostly instrumental music in more genres - psyche, post rock, industrial, jazz, weird and obscure - along with my fave surf and instro. Thanks to my loyal followers, you have given me hope. Enjoy
A homage to some of the electric guitarists of the 50s & 60s
For this album, "Guitar in the Space Age!," guitarist and composer Bill Frisell mines the catalog of guitar-based music from the 1950s and 1960s that first inspired him to pick up the instrument. Joining Frisell for this album of musical memories are the members of his working trio, bassist Tony Scherr and drummer Kenny Wollesen, along with frequent collaborator Greg Leisz, a master of the lap and pedal steel guitars. This superb quartet explores the music of Pete Seeger, The Byrds, Junior Wells, Dick Dale, The Ventures, The Astronauts, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and others with Frisell's own compositions sprinkled in. "Guitar in the Space Age!" offers a rare look into Bill Frisell's formative influences, from a time when the electric guitar was in its infancy and creating a startlingly new sound, pushing popular music into the future.
The Buffalo News' Jeff Simon quoted Frisell as stating "after playing for more than 50 years, it just feels right to once again play some of the music which shaped my consciousness during my formative years, even to play some of it for the first time … and maybe get it right. Guitar in the Space Age! isn’t really an exercise in nostalgia but about a recommitment to keep learning, to firm up the foundation and showcase one of the best bands I ever had."
This is not totally surf or twang but a jazzy interpretations of the classics. Kind of low key and listenable. Best suited for late night or quiet times. Enjoy. Link fixed. Thx
"Pipeline" (Brian Carman, Bob Spickard) – 7:06
"Turn! Turn! Turn!" (Pete Seeger) – 2:40
"Messin' with the Kid" (Mel London) – 2:59
"Surfer Girl" (Brian Wilson) – 4:14
"Rumble" (Milt Grant, Link Wray) – 4:56
"The Shortest Day" (Bill Frisell) – 4:57
"Rebel Rouser" (Duane Eddy, Lee Hazlewood) – 3:39
"Baja" (Hazlewood) – 3:37
"Cannonball Rag" (Merle Travis) – 2:56
"Tired of Waiting for You" (Ray Davies) – 6:02
"Reflections from the Moon" (Speedy West) – 3:21
"Bryant's Boogie" (Jimmy Bryant) – 3:09
"Lift Off" (Frisell) – 2:17
"Telstar" (Joe Meek) – 3:15
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