Here's an ode to a piece of gadgetry rarely covered on GuitarWorld.com, something that has brought a whole new world of sounds to guitarists' fingertips: the guitar synthesizer, aka the guitar synth. First of all, exactly what is a guitar synth? To quote Norm Leet, who wrote an authoratative feature on the topic for Roland's UK website, "a guitar synth is a synth module whose input device is a guitar instead of a keyboard."
Stevie Ray Vaughan released four studio albums, a live album and a Vaughan Brothers album, not to mention enough leftover live and studio material to fill several posthumous albums and a box set. He even found the time to perform on albums by several other artists — from Teena Marie to Stevie Wonder to Don Johnson — very often with fiery results.
David Bowie has released another new music video tied to his 2013 album, The Next Day. The clip for "Valentine's Day," which you can see below, was directed by Indrani and Markus Klinko, who worked with Bowie on the artwork for his Heathen.
Below, check out a video of Smashing Pumpkins performing David Bowie’s "Space Oddity" on an Austin rooftop during this year's SXSW. The performance was filmed for The Guitar Center Sessions, which will air 9 p.m. EST May 17 on DirecTV's Audience Network.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about David Bowie's recent announcement of his first new album in a decade is that, in an age populated by camera phones, gossip blogs and Twitter, no one saw it coming.
Welcome to Guitar World's roundup of the top 25 live, reissued and archival albums of 2012. The common theme of these 25 releases is easy to follow: They all feature classic or well-known songs that have been repackaged and presented anew, but with a twist, whether it be in the form of live versions, alternate versions, demos, simple remasters, etc.