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  1. rwe333

    UFO Strangers In The Night reissue

    Cool... Love SITN, though always thought the original mix missed a bit of 'punch'. So, fingers crossed now corrected.
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    Michael Schenker - Drilled To Kill

    Don't love much of his current material, but - my goodness - what a spectacular player. Playing better than ever.
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    Uli John Roth

    One of the greatest rock players ever, IMHO. Beautiful sound, especially in his Strat days. Far ahead of his time sound and technique-wise, a composer's sensibility towards soloing (over improvising). You can't get a better lead and rhythm guitar record than "Fire Wind", but - my goodness - the...
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    Jesse Gress Health Concerns

    What a shame, glad possibly on mend... Great educator/player - saw him w/ Todd Rundgren, Tony Levin & Jerry Marotta; hell of a band, nice man.
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    Eddie Van Halen: Closet prog and fusion head

    Yeah... He loved Holdsworth w/ Bruford and UK, Brand X, Tony Levin esp. w/ Peter Gabriel, Billy Cobham obviously influenced AVH's "Hot For Teacher", Johnny Winter influenced EVH's later neck pickup tone, learned things like Ulrich Roth's "Catch Your Train" early-Scorpions solos in the VH bar...
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    Van Halen's tone. Do you love it, or hate it?

    Totally love it, at least in the first DLR years. Started to change around 1984 then really changed 5150 on.
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    Yngwie Malmsteen: Your Thoughts

    Brilliant player - great phrasing, sound, chops, vibrato/bends. Sadly not a ton to say post-Alcatrazz & debut record.
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    Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos

    One of the greatest live clips ever.
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    Keith Richards & the X-Pensive Winos

    Killer band and killer records, at least the original run. Recent release much lesser, in part due to no Charley Drayton.
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    25 years since Bowie’s most underrated album

    I'm a big fan of the records David Torn and Ben Monder contributed to, so the very latter era of Bowie's career. Heathen, Reality, The Next Day, Blackstar, the big band/Maria Schneider single ""Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)".
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    Lee Kerslake has passed away.

    Such a fantastic drummer - so great on those two Ozzy records. "Over the Mountain" incredible single bass drum work.
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    Any love for John Goodsall?

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    Favorite Joni Lyric?

    Come in From the Cold Back in 1957 We had to dance a foot apart And they hawk-eyed us from the sidelines Holding their rulers without a heart And so with just a touch of our fingers I could make our circuitry explode All we ever wanted Was just to come in from the cold We really thought we had...
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    Sonny Rollins

    Wish I could find the proper quote/interview. But, to paraphrase Pat Metheny, he said there was a particular multi-year run where Sonny was the apex of the jazz ideal, wholly inventive night-after-night.
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    the other Bruce

    Thought Jack first... Hornsby? Badass.
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    Blues rock suggestions

    Free (Paul Kossoff) will 2nd Pat Travers as well as Mahogany Rush (Frank Marino) Robin Trower (less bluesy) early Wishbone Ash Deep Purple’s (Ritchie Blackmore) bluesier tunes
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    What's your favorite Elton John record

    Captain Fantastic
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    Chris Whitley

    Late to Chris Whitley listening, so currently catching up. Started w/ Din of Ecstasy in part due to a rec by Anil Prasad / Innerviews. Pretty dammed floored, moved to tears in spots. Know much more to get to...
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    Page Vs Blackmore

    Much better read in the context of my much longer post - but, yes, an awkward sentence. Meant more that Page was pretty broad in his approach (sounds, textures, tunings), Ritchie less so (mostly a single note soloist/'lead' guitarist) until later years.
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    Martin, Guild, Blueridge and COVID

    My feeling as well - Japanese built Yamahas truly rival guitars at double the price point.
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    NGD - Yamaha LL6 ARE

    Just got an A5R and I'm very pleased. Haven't even plugged it in yet, as priority is good acoustic tone. Solid case, includes soundhole mute... This replaces a HD-28 that needed some major work - I remain a dreadnought guy, but nice to have the cutaway and varied pickup options. Made in Japan -...
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    William Shatner ft. Ritchie Blackmore “The Thrill Is Gone”

    Ritchie sounds pretty fine - beautiful vibrato in spots, course not the chops of yesteryear at 75. Shatner is, well, still Shatner (89!).
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    Masters of the Wah

    Loved the half-cocked tones of early Michael Schenker, Ulrich Roth, Carlos... A fave wah moment at 2:10 here, though perhaps a ParaPedal (think Iomni used one too) over a wah:
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    RIP Frankie Banali

    He was the drummer on quite a bit of the Hughes/Thrall record, a great album. Met Frankie (w/ Glenn Hughes) at a NAMM some years back - was very kind. Have a pic somewhere...