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Wired [sound recording] / Jeff Beck.

[Longhorn Review] Wired [sound recording] / Jeff Beck.

Material Type: All, Music — Posted on April 25, 2012, 7:43 pm

By: Jeff Beck

"Wired" is simply one of the best slabs of wax in the fusion genre. The 1976 follow-up to Jeff's equally brilliant LP "Blow By Blow" (1975), "Wired" is the loudest, funkiest and altogether most sizzling of Beck's four fusion records in the 70's. Beck's tone is slinky and his phrasing fiery, as he trades licks with Jan Hammer and Max Middleton, two of the great keyboardists of the fusion-era. Beck's stunning interpretation of Mingus's gorgeous "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" remains a career high-water mark for the illustrious guitar wizard. However, Beck's playing was so consistently seminal throughout the 70's that his influence is hard to overstate...and "Wired" is an album that launched a thousand licks.

Reviewer: Mark

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Truth [sound recording] / Robben Ford.

[Longhorn Review] Truth [sound recording] / Robben Ford.

Material Type: All, Music — Posted on April 25, 2012, 7:21 pm

By: Robben Ford

Robben Ford has rightly earned the deep respect of his peers through his deft, lyrical phrasing and incredible tone. "Truth" is a fine collection of mature and elegant jazz tinged blues, in the grand tradition of B.B. King, to whom Ford pays tribute in "Riley B. King". Mr. Ford's playing is deceptively complex. As a vocalist, Ford is less exciting but quite competent. His tunes, although rarely magical, are always good.

Reviewer: Mark

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I'm your man [sound recording] Leonard Cohen.

[Longhorn Review] I'm your man [sound recording] Leonard Cohen.

Material Type: All, Music — Tags: romantic, staff pick, valentine's day recommendation — Posted on February 10, 2012, 3:43 pm

By: Leonard Cohen

I think the most seductive--mood creating songs for anytime but Valentine’s Day specifically are without a doubt Leonard Cohen's "I'm Your Man" from the album of the same title followed by his "Dance Me to the End of Love," found on Various Positions.

Reviewer: Susan Ardis

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Rock 'n' roll party [sound recording] : honoring Les Paul / Jeff Beck.

[Longhorn Review] Rock 'n' roll party [sound recording] : honoring Les Paul / Jeff Beck.

Material Type: All, Music — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on February 7, 2012, 4:32 pm

By: Jeff Beck

Jeff Beck is a legend and for good reason…he is one of the few true innovators of the electric guitar. His touch and tone are always breathtaking, and his phrasing is inimitable. Beck’s tribute to the music of Les Paul and Mary Ford is much more than a waltz through some of the duo’s finest work, it is an historical account of Beck’s formative years. Scottish diva Imelda May shines throughout the concert, turning in consistently fabulous performances including an intoxicating version of the Shangri-Las classic “Walking in the Sand”. 72 yr. old Gary U.S. Bonds absolutely brings the roof down with a crackling rendition of his 1960 hit “New Orleans”. Brian Setzer’s walk on performance of the Eddie Cochran classic “Twenty Flight Rock” is just awesome! However, throughout the recording the star is Beck’s powerful yet understated playing, filled with elegance and passion for his own Rockabilly roots.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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Next Stop is Vietnam: the war on record, 1961-2008

[Longhorn Review] Next Stop is Vietnam: the war on record, 1961-2008

Material Type: All, music — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on August 19, 2011, 12:30 pm

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This just came across my desk, an amazing collection of songs from and about the
Vietnam War. 13 CDs, one CD-ROM of lyrics, and book complete with history, photos,
and details of each song round out this collection. Published by the wonderful
people at Bear Family Records.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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Made in Japan

[Longhorn Review] Made in Japan

Material Type: All, music — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on July 18, 2011, 3:57 pm

By: Deep Purple

In the 1970's, the release of a live album by an artist symbolised not only an
established career, but one still on the rise. If you're curious to pay a visit to
this golden age of gatefold sleeves and arena rock, "Made in Japan" is one of the
touchstones of the era. With changing technology, the passing of time, and the
emptying of closets of tape, we have discovered that many of the classic "live"
albums tended to be bogus "live-in the-studio" affairs than actual unedited
documents of a magical moment in time (e.g.-"Kiss Alive!"). Not so with "Made In
Japan", one of the finest examples of a live album in any genre. Notoriously
virtuosic and legendary for their incendiary performances, Deep Purple's first live
album, recorded on their 1972 tour in support of their classic "Machine Head" LP, is
pure gold. And as is evident from the extensive surviving film of the band from the
era, their improvisational skills had few peers. And as the subsequent release of
the complete concert tapes from these shows has shown (on a three-CD set), there
were no overdubs on this original release. FYI- The live version of "Smoke on the
Water" found here is also its most familiar incarnation. Released in 1972 as a
single, it became the definitive version of the classic rock staple. Rock
on!

Reviewer: Mark

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The Fawn by The Sea and Cake [sound recording]

[Longhorn Review] The Fawn by The Sea and Cake [sound recording]

Material Type: All, music — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on July 1, 2011, 12:37 pm

By: The Sea and Cake

Looking for some mellow music to go with a relaxing afternoon? Look no further
than the Sea and Cake's album The Fawn. I've been listening to this album since
2000, and it still feels just as fresh today as it did then. It remains on heavy
circulation at the Fine Arts Library, so you may need to wait in line to get it, but
you'll be glad that you did.

Reviewer: Karen Holt

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Valleys of Neptune

[Longhorn Review] Valleys of Neptune

Material Type: All, music — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on October 15, 2010, 9:59 am

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Forty years after his death, the music of Jimi Hendrix still sounds as lovely and
exciting as ever. Especially in our current landscape of meticulously auto-tuned and
endlessly stacked digital recordings, listening to these directly in-the-moment
takes is exhilarating. The latest release from the Hendrix archives, "Valleys of
Neptune" is a compilation of 12 tracks of unreleased versions of mostly familiar
tunes. The production is chill-inducing and fantastically 3-dimensional. Most of
these takes are just terrific and offer fresh insight into the mind of one of rock's
true visionaries. The very dreamy version of "Red House" is super cool, and the take
of "Bleeding Heart" flat out smokes.

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Time by Electric Light Orchestra

[Longhorn Review] Time by Electric Light Orchestra

Material Type: All, music — Posted on June 29, 2010, 12:02 pm

By: Electric Light Orchestra

This is a great example of a 1970's-1980's concept album. The storyline can be
extrapolated from listening and reading liner notes and that trademark "ELO" sound
abounds in vocal harmonies and classic strings throughout the work. Perhaps an
acquired taste for those of the "hip-hop" generation...but caviar for those that
know Pink Floyd's "The Wall", Rush's "2112 Overture" and Queenryche's "Operation
Mindcrime". Relax and enjoy the tale of an ambitious time traveler who accidentally
gets trapped in the future and can only share his lonely story through the musical
message sent back in time for us to hear. Try and pick out the news reports in the
background of "Here is the News". Feel the lamenting sorrow and acceptance of loss
in "Ticket to the Moon" and try to "remember the good 'ol 1980's...where things were
so uncomplicated". Ironic lyrics at the time, but probably more prophetic in this
day and age as we look back and see the genius in this sorely underrated, and
admittedly rushed work by Jeff Lynne.

Reviewer: Tyler Durden

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Daptone gold

[Longhorn Review] Daptone gold

Material Type: All, music — Tags: falstaffpicks — Posted on April 5, 2010, 8:54 am

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Present day soul classics from Daptone.

Reviewer: Tommy

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