Some Humble Pie…


Humble pie is a band that must be talked about. I have been on a Frampton kick lately and I noticed that in the realm of classic rock no one is talking about Humble Pie.

Well first we need to get over the name. According to to eat humble pie is humility forced on someone often under embarrassing conditions. However the name was suggested by Steve Marriott, and even though there is no official explanation it makes sense for the comical meaning as this was a super-group in the same light of Led Zeppelin, if you have ever heard that story.

I will not go over all the details that you can go to wikipedia to see but the strength of this band is Steve Marriott formerly of the Small Faces and Peter Frampton of The herd. The band was slightly unique in that both of these members were vocalists and lead guitar. When this bad was formed Frampton was already popular in England and was named the face of 1968 by Teen Magazine.

If you want to get introduced to Humble Pie The First album As Safe as yesterday is , was one of the first to be called heavy metal, I really like the track I’ll go alone. The second album Town and Country you can skip unless you like acoustic. The third album self titled is very good I like Live with me,  I’m Ready, and Red Light mama, red hot!. The Fourth album is one to really listen all the way through. Also the Live album Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore is very good. I will stop there because that’s when Peter Frampton left… but I’m not biased, lol.





Songs in the native tounge…


I am not going to go out on a limb and say that I am a huge fan of some of this music but have you ever listened to a band or an artist in their native tongue and liked them better than the English version?

I certainly have and as much as I don’t like pop I find Shakira’s Spanish music to be more relaxing. I am a big fan of Lacuna coil and I have even listened to t.A.T.u…. but I always liked Nas Ne Dogonyat.

I don’t expect you to like the bands I am mentioning but look at the bands that you already listen to, do they have any music that don’t fit your criteria of “English”?

Brazilian Voodoo was not their native tongue but I thought I had too many women on this list.

The Scorpions did no songs in German I am aware of… lol.




Deep tracks… Sloe Gin…


If you haven’t seen my brief intro to Joe Bonamassa you can find it here

I wanted to talk about one of my favorite tracks by Joe Bonamassa. I don’t know if this qualifies as a deep track because it is one of his most popular but I figure all of his songs are deep tracks from the mainstream perspective.

Technically speaking Slow Gin is a beverage made from Gin and a small fruit close to a plum.

However it is also a track from the album titled Sloe Gin from Joes 6th album in 2007. In addition it is a track from a Tim Curry debut album in 1978 called Read My Lips.

There isn’t much to say about this song other than to just show you an old cut, a new cut, and the original from Tim Curry.

John Mayer plays the blues…


So we all have our feelings about John Mayer. Egotistical, womanizer, popstar, these are some of the things we think of.

However, John is actually a guitar virtuoso and blues musician that has some main stream success with some of his more pop-like songs.   He is a very accomplished musician and briefly attended Berklee College of Music. Up until he was almost 30 he was considered a legitimate blues musician and collaborated with greats such as BB King, Eric Clapton, and Buddy Guy.

Of course I am making it sound like he died. Of course he didn’t, he didn’t stop being a great musician but I just wanted to show people his lesser known side. He even has a clip of him with his sunburst stratocaster in the official Your Body is a Wonderland video within the first minute.

Check out these videos.

Deep Tracks… Warning


When I was a teenager, I signed up for Columbia House. Which nobody did in the 90s right? Well, with my penny I got every Sabbath album with Ozzy in it. (I don’t know why I can’t dig the post Ozzy stuff).

My favorite album was the debut album, there is just something raw and tonally that I dig about the first album. One track that you will never hear is a song called Warning, in fact if you look at the song list it doesn’t even list the track by itself. track #5 is A bit of finger/Sleeping Village/Warning. (I checked I still have the inlay card).

I think this track is a great track though. It starts with a very  haunting bass line by Geezer, very typical Sabbath stuff. I also think that Ozzy’s voice was better in this first album. He was either replaced by aliens or did coke… something changed. In addition Tony Iommi has a great sound on this song as well.

On this first Album Tony’s main guitar was a Stratocaster he painted white but sometime during recording the first album the neck pickup failed and he started using his SG, a 1965 Gibson SG Special in red finish fitted with a Gibson P-90 pick-up in the bridge position and a custom-wound John Birch Simplux, a P-90 style single coil in the neck position. I think in this track on the album you can hear both guitars.

Oddly enough this song is actually a cover by a famous journeyman drummer named Aynsley Dunbar.

I will start with the studio version and the original by Aynsley. And since I’ve never seen them play it live I am including a cover by some kids. 🙂

Now on Home Video ! Eric Clapton Live in Montreaux !

clapton live at montreux

I have a decent video collection for such a mediocre guitar player. And I want to highlight one of my favorites.

Eric Clapton Live in Montreaux. There are plenty of great musicians to play the great Montreaux jazz festivals but in 1986 EC put on a great show. In general the 80s were not a good time for EC but this video is quite a gem. Every time I see this I think ” man that was a great version of that song”. Not only that but you can see Phil Collins play drums for him. At this point Phil left Genesis and was actually helping produce some of EC records, in fact they were next door neighors. He sang In the Air Tonight and it is in my opinion one of the most soulful versions I have heard. The bassist Nathan East played with Eric for years and is pretty awesome too.  So please check out some of the videos below.

Oh and BTW this video is so old you can get it in the bargain bin.

Track List:
01. Crossroads
02. White Room
03. I Shot The Sheriff
04. I Wanna Make Love To You
05. Miss You
06. Same Old Blues
07. Tearing Us Apart
08. Holy Mother
09. Behind The Mask
10. Badge
11. Let it Rain
12. In the Air Tonight
13. Cocaine
14. Layla
15. Sunshine Of Your Love
16. Further On Up The Road

Deep tracks…. Rush (Here Again)


One of the things I would like to achieve is to enlighten others with deep tracks that they may not be familiar with. That’s not to say that you will like every song that I like but you won’t know if you don’t hear.

The first song I would like to share is from Rush’s first album called Here again . This song was not released as a single and I could not even find a good live version of it. However I love it. I think the bass lines and rhythm work is very similar to early Black Sabbath. Another thing about this song that I love is the vocals, Geddy is a great singer and I love what I hear in this song. Unfortunately this song does not feature Neil, which probably attributes to its classic rock feel.

The solo at about 4:40 (which is almost 2 minutes long) is a great fuzz tone. I’m not sure if Alex used pedals this early on but he was using an 1968 ES-335 and a Marshall amp for sure.  I love to listen to this on my way home from work, it is great for relaxing and rocking at the same time.  Enjoy!

Joe Bonamassa…


If you haven’t heard of Joe Bonamassa, you are the reason I started this blog. The fact that Joe gets zero airtime on the radio is a problem in my opinion. When you talk about guitar virtuosos in the century, you have to talk about Joe Bonamassa.

Joe’s father Len was a musician and Joe started playing when he was 4 and by the age of 12 he was asked to  open for BB King. This wasn’t a one time novelty it was 20 shows. He helped form a band called Bloodline that included the sons of Miles Davis, Robby Krieger and Berry Oakley. Since then he has released 13 solo albums and 11 have been ranked #1 on the blues charts. He is founder of the non-profit keeping the Blues Alive, but don’t let him fool you he is in my opinion keeping hard rock and blues married in this century, and is making the blues more relevant and hard hitting today than it ever was. He even has a podcast where he just talks about other musicians and guitars called The Pickup radio. He even has a couple of signature guitars from Epiphone and Gibson.


He has been in many collaborations as well. For instance Black Country Communion, Rock Candy Funk Party and collaborations with Beth Hart of which was nominated for a Grammy award. I personally love some of his older stuff and strongly suggest watching Live at the Royal Albert hall on DVD or Blueray, but he continues to reinvent himself and grow a cult following whether he gets airplay or not. I don’t know how I am going to pick just a few videos but I will try.

Jasmine S35…


So for those of you who don’t know already I am what you call a bottom feeder. Now don’t get me wrong, one day I will own a Gibson Les Paul, however I don’t have a few thousand dollars of expendable income. As such I pride myself in finding the best bang for your buck guitars.

Recently my 12 year old son started taking Guitar 1 in middle school. So I was in the market for an acoustic guitar. I recently came off a less than desirable craigslist experience so I went to my local mom and pop store. For an entry range I had a choice of an Ibanez starter pack for $129, a Jasmine S35  for $114 and a Fender FA-100.  So I played them all as if it were for me. I certainly cared more than my son and he was new to all this so he didn’t know what he was looking for.

I am not going to pretend that this guitar with a laminate spruce top compares to guitars in the $300-500 range. However for the money I was shocked at how loud and clear this guitar was as many guitars in this range are all laminate and have heavy finishes to deaden the sound. I am certainly jealous and hope that this guitar will serve him for years to come and someday might even have the honor of ending up as his beater guitar.

This guitar looks to me to have mostly if not all solid wood construction. I am reading different specs on Jasmines website compared to Amazon, compared to Musican’s friend. Some say that the top is laminate, some say the sides are laminate. However looking inside if it is a laminate it at least looks like they stayed consistent with tone woods. The guitar appears to be a combination of nato and agathis with a rosewood fretboard and bridge. Nato and agathis are both similar to mahogany and are common tonewoods for guitars.

To me I think the proof is in the pudding and to me this guitar sounds pretty good for the money. I certainly would have rather bought a fender or and Ibanez. In fact I own two Ibanez guitars but you should always try a guitar before buying and this one was a winner to me.

Model: S-35
Body Style: Dreadnought
Top: Spruce
Bracing: Jasmine Advanced “X” Bracking
Back and sides: Agathis
Body Finish: Satin
Scale Length: 25.5″ (648 mm)
Neck: Nato
Neck Finish: Satin
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 12″ (305 mm)
Number of Frets: 20
Position Inlays: Pearloid Dots
Nut (Material/Width): Synthetic Bone, 1 3/4″ (44 mm)
Bridge: Rosewood
Saddle: Synthetic Bone, Compensated
Bridge Pins: Black Plastic
Hardware: Chrome
Special Electronics: N/A
Machine Heads: Chrome Covered
Strings: Phopher Bronze Light Gauge .012-.053
Case: N/A



Ok, so if you don’t know that’s actually a guys name. Pronounced (ing-vay  mahlm-steen) If you looked up European 80’s guitar god who drives Ferraris and wears $100,000 Rolex watches, I would not be surprised to see his picture.

He was born in Stockholm Sweeden. Although he was not influenced by Jimi Hendrix the on stage antics and energy that hendrix showed during the  18 September 1970 TV special left a huge impact on Yngwie. By the age of 10 he formed his first band. he was heavily influenced by classical music early on and really gravitated towards Ritchie Blackmore’s neoclassical movement as well as picking up influence from Uli Jon Roth and Brian May.

In the 80’s he really brought his blend of classical music and metal to the forefront and carried the torch for Blackmore. He also paved the way for a host of great musicians such as Trans Siberian Orchestra, Paul Gilbert, and Tony MacAlpine as well as many others.

He has been featured on Joe Satriani’s G3 tour as well as the Guitar hero franchise. He was also the second person to have a signature Fender guitar, after Eric Clapton, and is widely known for his use of scalloped fret boards.

Below you will find a selection of my favorite tracks. I know they all sound the same after a while but Imagine yourself listening to this while driving around Miami in your Ferrari with the wind blowing through your 1980s length hair, that’s the American dream!