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For many, the first name in elec­tric gui­tar ex­cel­lence is Hank Marvin. Pretty much ev­ery elec­tric gui­tarist of note has some of their mu­si­cal DNA linked to his mag­i­cal Strat play­ing. Hank’s had a pros­per­ous solo ca­reer based on his trade­mark ‘clean plus echo’ tone grac­ing the melodies of fa­mous songs. His new al­bum, With­out A Word, is busi­ness as usual; 13 songs, from jazz (Duke Ellington’s Don’t Get Around Much Any­more) to TV shows (Ron Grainer’s Doc­tor Who), pop songs (The Beatles’ Michelle) to shows (Leonard Bern­stein’s Amer­ica). Pro­duc­tion is per­fect (acous­tic gui­tar work is great) with Hank’s gui­tar to the fore bran­dish­ing a tone that’s clean while sus­tain­ing when needed. His ar­range­ment of Elvis’ Are You Lone­some Tonight is out­stand­ing; in­tro vol­ume swells then bridge pickup twang for the melodyand pedal steel-like high notes in the mid­dle. Cry Me A River’s late-night vibe sees him stomp on an over­drive for a solo that cries and swells and even nips into al­tered scales. As for his ren­di­tion of Doc­tor Who, it’s the bet­ter ’70s ar­range­ment that he dips into, aided by a strong rhythm sec­tion ar­range­ment and Van­ge­lis-like thick strings. Over­all, With­out A Word is a sub­lime pre­sen­ta­tion of melodic elec­tric gui­tar play­ing.

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