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Buddy Guy-Living Proof
The title of the first song "74 Years Young" let's you know where Buddy's coming from. Leaving little doubt he still has "it",Guys vocals are still spot on and his guitar playing is as ferocious as ever. Two guests spots,from B.B. King and Carlos Santana have mixed results. B.B. shares a vocal and lead guitar duet with Buddy and despite some trite lyrics,they both sound fully engaged in "Stay Around a Little Longer". Carlos Santana,who has been on artistic autopilot for years,is at least a better guest musician than he is a host. The vinyl edition luxuriously spreads the music over two discs with three side of music and the fourth side an etched version of the back cover art.
Jeff Beck-Live and Exclusive From The Grammy Museum
This one gets a hesitant thumbs up. An enthusiastic endorsement for the music,Beck doing his magicians tricks on songs new and old. Why the hesitation? Two reasons. First,it's available only from Amazon. I have mixed feelings about exclusive releases,even when it's something really cool,like Record Store Day. They always inadvertently leave out a portion of the artists fan base. Strange as it may seem to you and I,not every Jeff Beck fan in the world has Internet access much less an Amazon account. Secondly,this is a made on demand CD-R,not a "regular" Cd. I'm willing to give them a bit of a pass on this one because it's $8.98 price seems to reflect this...and it's Jeff Beck.
Operatic power metal masters return with yet another new lineup,though thankfully ex-Candlemass vocalist Thomas Vikstrom is still in the fold. New guitarist Christian Vidal fits right in with powerful rhythm guitar and melodic solos.
Ferry's solo music isn't always for me but his new album has appearances from David Gilmour,Nile Rodgers,Flea,Marcus Miller, Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood and most surprisingly, some guys he used to know: Brian Eno,Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay!
Bay area thrashers Forbidden were among the second wave of thrash metals heyday. Their album "Forbidden Evil" is still held in high esteem among true thrash connoisseurs. "Omega Wave" marks their welcome return to active status and finds them as heavy as ever.
Chris Cain-So Many Miles
The fact that the guests on this album are the Robben Ford Band and Larry Carlton gives you a sense of where Cain is coming from. Passionate blues with a bit of jazz flavor,played tightly and immaculately recorded.
Firewind-Days of Defiance
Firewho? Guitarist Gus G's stint with Ozzy Osbourne will certainly bring some well deserved attention to this Greek metal band.
King's X-Live in London
Although I'll probably die without having forgiven them for "Ear Candy", they are still on my list of best shows ever (April 16,1994,Lost Horizon,Syracuse NY), so here you go.