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The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Radio One Cassette

Jimi Hendrix Experience - Radio One

Quite a few people could claim to have invented rock music. But there was only one inventor of rock sensibility, and that was Jimi Hendrix.

This was the man who turned the Fender Stratocaster guitar into a sex symbol, and its life was never the same again. It’s now the most famous and popular guitar on the planet by a humungous margin. But in fact, before Hendrix achieved fame, the Stratocaster was far from a world-beater. Its fortunes had been significantly waning, and its makers, Fender, had been focusing on other models. Continue reading The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Radio One Cassette

Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood Audio Cassette

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood Audio Cassette

There is no real blues without torture. And what Stevie Ray Vaughan went through in order to produce his stunning range of guitar sounds and expressions was a severe punishment in itself.

To optimise the tone, he would use incredibly heavy and thick strings, which were actually painful to play in a blues style – sometimes slicing into the tips of his fingers as he pushed them into wide bends. The pain was clearly visible on his face, and the guitar fingerboard literally convulsed with the power of his vibrato. This was a man for whom no agony was too great in the name of musical expression. Continue reading Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood Audio Cassette

Champion Jack Dupree – “New Orleans Barrelhouse Boogie” Audio Cassette

Champion Jack Dupree New Orleans Barrelhouse Boogie

If you trace back the history of rock ‘n’ roll to its very roots, you’ll probably end up in 1949, with Fats Domino’s The Fat Man. Surely, you’re thinking, that has to be the first rock ‘n’ roll track. It pre-dates Rocket 88, and is frequently cited as the recording that started all. But… Continue reading Champion Jack Dupree – “New Orleans Barrelhouse Boogie” Audio Cassette