Found! Great Guitar Sounds by Bill Harris. PLUS: CD and LP Compared!

great gtr sounds-postAlways a joy when a buy based on the cover art turns out to be a real find. So it was for Bill Harris’ Great Guitar Sounds (Mercury Wing MGW 12220, 1960s, a mono LP). I didn’t know of Bill, but one play was all I needed. The man is a singular jazz guitarist. He plays a nylon string, Spanish style guitar, not an electric hollow bodied f-hole like most jazzers do. He was also the guitarist for the Clovers, the 50s doo-wop band. But don’t stop reading. His pop stylings are not here. This solo LP is amazing. Continue reading

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Found! Spinners Records Store

Spinners Records-blogI hadn’t been to this store in many years and when I had, it was called Ragin’ Records. The name and owner has changed a few times since then. This Fresno, CA., vinyl record store was a pleasant surprise. First off, all the LPs are in alphabetical order. Sure, there are the usual sign/labels for popular musicians like Santana, but in the bins for jazz, for example, all the records in the “G” bin are in order. Sure makes it easy to find a particular artist. It was Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving and the store had a steady stream of customers. Continue reading