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Forgotten Guitar: Soundboard Recordings of Stevie Ray Vaughan’s David Bowie Rehearsals

In January 1983, David Bowie invited Stevie Ray Vaughan to record guitar for six new tracks he’d written for his upcoming release, Let’s Dance.Vaughan’s powerful and unique guitar work brought a fresh sound to Bowie’s music, most famously on songs like “China Girl” and the album’s title track.With the album a success, Bowie was keen for SRV to join his group for the subsequent Serious Moonlight... …

Forgotten Guitar: Earliest Known Live Footage of the Jimi Hendrix Experience

In February 1967, three months before the release of their debut studio album, Are You Experienced, the Jimi Hendrix Experience took to the stage in a small club around 30 miles outside London. Luckily, someone captured the moment on film.The venue was the Chelmsford Corn Exchange (affectionately known as the Corn'ole by local mods). Although modestly sized, it wasn't short of famous faces;... …

Forgotten Guitar: Rare Footage of Jimi Hendrix’s Full Performance at the Albert Hall in 1969

Jimi Hendrix played London's Royal Albert Hall on three occasions between 1967 and 1969, firstly sharing the bill with likes of (the) Pink Floyd, the Amen Corner, the Nice and the Move.When he returned to the venue in February 1969, it was to headline two sold-out nights supported by the Soft Machine.At the time, tension had been growing between the band and their management for several months,... …

Forgotten Guitar: Joe Satriani's Saturday-Morning Jam on Australian TV

Joe Satriani's second studio album, 1987's Surfing with the Alien, was a game changer for Instrumental rock.The album, which features such instro-guitar classics as "Always with Me, Always with You," "Satch Boogie," the stunning “Echo” and legendary title track, was a surprise hit in the U.S. In Australia, however, it even managed to break into the Top 10 when it dropped there the following... …

Forgotten Guitar: Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister Demos His Bass Tone

In this one-minute video, Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister demos the difference between how other bassists sound—and how he sounds."The basic difference is, most bass players sound like this," says Lemmy before he plays a bouncy yet mild bass line in a major key. "Whereas I ... [he adjusts his amp's settings] sound quite different."He then launches into a riff slathered in his famous, one-man-band... …

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