Al­bums

A se­lec­tion of new and reis­sued gui­tar re­leases, in­clud­ing Al­bum Of The Month...

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New gui­tar CDs and DVDs re­viewed and rated by our very own Roger Newell.

Jeff Beck LIVE IN TOKYO

Ea­gle Vi­sion

Shot at Tokyo’s Dome City Hall this comes with much ex­pec­ta­tion from Beck’s fans. Of his band Jeff com­ments “Ni­co­las Meier is a great gui­tar player, more a jazzer but with an eastern flavour. Bassist Rhonda Smith, she’s my an­chor, ex Prince and funky as they come, and drum­mer Jonathan Joseph has a bit of Billy Cob­ham and a bit of Vin­nie; he’s amaz­ing!” The con­cert kicks off with Loaded which demon­strates how much you can put into an in­stru­men­tal that sits on one chord. Jeff has an amaz­ing abil­ity to take songs like Lit­tle Wing and turn them into his own in­stru­men­tals, full of emo­tion and laced with gui­tar trick­ery that leaves you spell­bound. This video is imag­i­na­tively shot from on and off stage with plenty of close-ups so you learn a few things as you get drawn right into this stunning per­for­mance; it’s packed to the rafters with gui­tar ex­per­tise. We par­tic­u­larly like Ham­mer­head, Where Were You, A Day In The Life and the slide gui­tar on An­gel (Foot­steps) but it’s all bril­liant. A setlist com­men­tary and an in­ter­est­ing band-on-band in­ter­view are in­cluded.

AC/DC

Rock or Bust

Columbia

Although it’s been a rocky time for the band this finds AC/DC still play­ing like they mean busi­ness, in spite of say­ing that this is likely to be their last al­bum. Sadly Mal­colm Young is not di­rectly in­volved due to his med­i­cal con­di­tion; how­ever much of the ma­te­rial was drawn from ear­lier record­ing ses­sions so he is ac­tu­ally on the record. Along with An­gus, Brian, Cliff and Phil for this record­ing, sec­ond gui­tar was played by Ste­vie Young who is the nephew of An­gus and Mal­colm, so there’s plenty of Young DNA still present. The ti­tle track and Play Ball have both been re­leased as sin­gles and serve well as a taster for this fol­low-up to their 2008 al­bum, Black Ice. If this does prove to be their very last stu­dio al­bum then it stands as a solid tes­ta­ment to one of the great­est rock bands that has ever ex­isted. They will tour again in 2015 with Ste­vie but whether the re­cently drugs busted Phil Rudd will also be in­volved, re­mains to be seen.

the rolling stones

La Fo­rum – live in 1975

Ea­gle Vi­sion

This is part of the new se­ries of live per­for­mances from The Stones that have been given a video and sound ‘makeover’ for this, their first of­fi­cial re­lease. This is from their Tour Of The Amer­i­cas ’75 and it’s their first tour with Ron­nie Wood who had re­cently re­placed Mick Tay­lor on gui­tar, with the rest of the band still in­tact from the early days. There are other play­ers too; per­cus­sion, brass and both Ian Ste­wart and Billy Pre­ston on keys. The band per­formed five nights at the Fo­rum and this one opens up with a rather raw ver­sion of Honky Tonk Women. Things im­prove as the con­cert moves on but this is still a raw sound­ing era for the band. Keith Richards seems very happy with Ron­nie in the band and both gui­tarists do a great job on so­los and in recre­at­ing the recorded Stones sounds - that said there’s noth­ing but Angie from the ear­lier days. Still more blues in­flu­enced than soul at this point in time, this se­ries is fan­tas­tic for the hard­ened fan but will do lit­tle to en­cour­age new lis­ten­ers. How­ever the restora­tion job on this is ex­cel­lent so it’s a very worth­while project.

Echo­smith

Talk­ing Dreams

Par­lophone

Echo­smith is a young quar­tet based in Los An­ge­les and their video of Cool Kids (in­cluded on the al­bum) has had over nine mil­lion hits on YouTube and that could well trans­late into a huge sell­ing al­bum. Fronted by fe­male vo­cal­ist Syd­ney Sierota and sup­ported by her broth­ers Jamie, Noah and Gra­ham this is es­sen­tially main­stream pop but the dif­fer­ence here is that they sound like a band rather than the over-pro­duced sin­gles that cur­rently dom­i­nate the air­waves. The songs are well con­structed with a slightly quirky el­e­ment but im­me­di­ately catch the ears. They could be seen as an Amer­i­can al­ter­na­tive to Den­mark’s Al­phabeat or Syd­ney as a new Avril Lav­i­gne, but their po­ten­tial could be even greater than both. Jamie’s gui­tar work is good and he adopts some un­usual sounds here and there and neatly demon­strates that you can find a niche in mu­sic what­ever age you are. If this is what our kids are go­ing to lis­ten to then things aren’t all that bad.

Kenny Ch­es­ney

The Big Re­vival

Sony Mu­sic

Ev­ery now and again you just need to hear some down to earth coun­try rock gui­tar and for that this lat­est stu­dio al­bum from Kenny Ch­es­ney has got to be one of the best. Kenny has grad­u­ally been slip­ping away from his south­ern rock coun­try roots but now he’s back loud and proud with eleven great tracks and a bus-load of gui­tar so­los. Tak­ing a break in his heavy tour­ing sched­ule ear­lier this year he slipped into the stu­dio to record his 15th al­bum. Amer­i­can Kids was re­leased as a sin­gle in the States and sold wel, l and like much of this al­bum shows a move to ap­peal to a younger au­di­ence. It cer­tainly works. The ma­te­rial is strong with a lot more em­pha­sis on rock than bal­lads and we par­tic­u­larly like Save It For A Rainy Day, the hard hit­ting Drink It Up and the stomp­ing ti­tle track with its prac­ticed gui­tar solo. While this will def­i­nitely ap­peal to the hard­ened fan it also pro­vides a great chance to dis­cover Kenny Ch­es­ney for your­self. Yes he’s been around for a while but he’s still a force to be reck­oned with when it comes to play­ing great gui­tar. Give this one a lis­ten.

StoneWire

When The Crow Flies

22:11 Records

This de­but al­bum from StoneWire is a cool mix­ture of South­ern Amer­i­can blues and good old-fash­ioned Bri­tish rock. This fu­sion is made pos­si­ble by the vo­cal tal­ents of Sky Hunter. Sky is a great per­son­al­ity and at times sounds a bit like Robert Plant; she also has the en­vi­able abil­ity to project her voice way over the hard de­liv­ery of the band. Gui­tar du­ties fall to Gareth Annable, an ac­com­plished player who can re­ally punch out high-oc­tane riffs and so­los, ably as­sisted by bassist Steve Briggs and drum­mer Rob Glas­ner. This tight and pow­er­ful Bri­tish quar­tet re­leased a self-ti­tled EP in 2012, opened for Michael Schenker dur­ing the Swedish sec­tion of his Tem­ple Of Rock tour in 2013, and has fi­nally pro­duced this al­bum of eleven orig­i­nal songs. Try and get a lis­ten to the sin­gle pull Favourite Bitch - which is very rep­re­sen­ta­tive of this al­bum but by no means the best track in our opin­ion. We sug­gest you check out South­ern Honey for a bet­ter idea of what the band is re­ally ca­pa­ble of.

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