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Blackmore's
Rainbow

Memories In Rock
II
T he legend of
baroque blues-rock
is back! After applying his signature style to the traditional
folk-rock band Blackmore's Night, Ritchie
Blackmore returns to the rock galaxy. This
latest is the second installment to Memories
In Rock, which was released in 2016. This
new multi-disc package was recorded
during Rainbow's U.K. tour in June 2017.
Blackmore has recruited super-talented
musicians and leads with an iron fist. Ronnie Romero is a championship vocalist with
a ridiculous vocal range and prodigious grit
to match. He does the playlist justice with
creativity, athleticism, and respect. Support comes from the gifted Jens Johansson
on keys, drummer Dave Keith, and bassist
Bob Nouveau.
The double CD and DVD package contain Rainbow gems like "Man On A Silver
Mountain," "Stargazer," and "All Night
Long." Deep Purple songs include "Perfect
Strangers," "Mistreated," and "Child In
Time." There's inspired jamming and the
new track "Waiting For A Sign."
The furious guitar licks of Blackmore's
youth have been replaced with the soulful
maturity and finesse of a great composer,
but at age 73 and with timeless classics
behind him, Blackmore has little left to
prove. - Oscar Jordan

Sister Rosetta
Tharpe
Live In 1960

Moviegoers must
have been confused
and jolted watching
the 2001 French
film Amélie, when a 30-second clip appeared from a 1962 installment of "TV
Gospel Time." It featured Sister Rosetta
Tharpe singing "Up Above My Head" while
playing a white, three-pickup, SG-shaped
Les Paul, overdriving a small Gibson amp.
Though the plaudits may be politically
incorrect today, blues singer Memphis
Minnie was lauded for "playing guitar
like a man" in the 1930s. By that yardstick,
Tharpe played guitar like a wild man.
Rearing her head back, looking to the
heavens, she tremolo-picked her Gibson,
sliding up the neck, playing chromatic

Jeff Beck

including the session for
"Heart Full Of Soul" where
he imitated an Indian sitar
with his Fender Esquire.
When he got paid for
appearing in the movie
Blow-Up, the 22-year-old
bought a '63 Corvette,
fueling a lifelong passion
for restoring hot rods.
The Yardbirds were
later stuck on a Dick Clark
package tour, causing
Jeff to quit and go back
to England. Sitting in a
local pub, he ran into
an unemployed singer
named Rod Stewart. The
two contacted another
out-of-work player, bassist Ron Wood, and the
original Jeff Beck Group
was born. Joe Perry and
Slash offer keen observations about the group's
two landmark albums,
Truth and Beck-Ola, while
Rod and Jeff remember
the band breaking up
two weeks before a
only made the young boy
juicy 1969 gig. You know
want to study Les' guitar
it as Woodstock.
work deeper - as well as
This is a compelling
the slap-echo
documentary
rockabilly
that relies more
flash of Cliff
on interviews
Gallup, Scotty
than concert
Moore, and
footage, but
James Burton.
the candid
Beck also
material is
describes
superb. Check
meeting
out Clapton's
another lad
priceless facewho was crazy
palm when
Matthew
about guitars
recalling the
- Jimmy Page, Longfellow
2010 CrossStill On the Run:
who's been
roads show,
The Jeff Beck Story where he took
his pal for 60
years: "We
the stage
were like brothers, and
after Beck's scorching
it was a joyous thing to
set. Reflecting on his
find somebody else who
friend's uncanny version
had this common interest. of "Nessun Dorma,"
Jimmy also had a tape
"I thought, 'You must
recorder and mouth-wabe kidding,'" Clapton
tering record collection."
laughs. "I can't follow
We learn of Beck's
that - it's a showdays in the Yardbirds,
stopper!'" - Pete Prown

BECKOLOGY

W

ho is the world's
greatest living
guitarist? There
are of course too many
to pick, but this DVD
documentary makes a
solid case for nominating
Jeff Beck. To help prove
the point, luminaries like
Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page,
and David Gilmour detail
Beck's fretboard brilliance
over his 53-year career.
And as each points out,
Jeff just keeps getting
better and better.
Starting in his youth,
the rock-doc details the
teenager's discovery of
the guitar. Jeff talks about
jazz pianist Art Tatum, but
'50s guitar star Les Paul
was a revelation. He was
intrigued when his mother
described the American
guitarist as "a phony;
just a bag of tricks with
his guitar all sped-up." It

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