Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Guitar Legends – Various Artists [#563]

Guitar Legends The guitar. Some would say it is a crucial instrument in modern music. “Without guitar” they might say, “All you have is some bloke singing with drums and a keyboard.” Which is true, but as we have already heard with the likes of Morphine and Matt Howden, the guitar is merely a tool in the production of great music. However, one cannot ignore the guitar completely, especially when presented with a compilation such as today’s album.

This two disc 41 song Capital Gold compilation features some interesting choices. It starts off quite promising with songs by Queen, Derek & the Dominos (guess which song), Rainbow and even Motorhead. But by the mid-way point it drifts into a sort of smokey late eighties blues nightclub (the proper sort where you go to listen to live music and smoke not to get pissed and/or laid) where Skynrd, Frampton, Santana and Lee Hooker have been placed on the bill with later guest appearances by John Lodge & Justin Hayward, Nick Drake and the Shadows.

If, for some reason, you’ve been living in a guitar free world and you’re interested in finding out what can be done with the instrument, I suppose this is a good way to find out.

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Classic Blue – Justin Hayward (#275)

Justin Hayward - Classic BlueClassic Blue – Justin Hayward

Mike “Womble” Batt again this time producing Justin Hayward. Sort of an ideal blend really. Silky smooth tones of Moody Blues front man Hayward gently stirred by the musical talent of Mr Womble himself.

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Blue Jays – Justin Hayward & John Lodge (#206)

Blue Jays - Justin Hayward & John LodgeBlue Jays – Justin Hayward & John Lodge

Now this is more like it. Former Moody Blues members Lodge and Hayward meet, play and record this album which has all the feel of a Moody Blues album but with a kind of Bryant and May kind of folk sound undertone.

I was given this album when it failed to sell in a jumble sale at the church club I used to work at. I’m still grateful.  Such an amazing album. Prog with a message. The message? Don’t piss your fellow band members off.

Great stuff.


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