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Album reviews Rodrigo Y Gabriela AREA 52 RubyworksChangingtack once more, the Mexican acoustic duo headed to Cuba to reimagine nine of their tracks, enlisting a local 13-piece band to add colour to their astonishing fretboard dexterity. The result is an enchanting, sonically diverse LP

The Blues Band FEW SHORT LINES Repertoire The Blues Band add to their already outstanding cast with the likes of Al Kooper, Southside Johnny, Linda Lewis and Mike Sanchez amongst others for this all-encompassing blues album. Whether it’s the lazy sway of My Brother Was A Sailor, the articulate

Steve Howe TIME Warner Classics From his origins as a hired gun through to tenures with Yes and Asia, Howe has explored many of the landscapes the guitar has to offer. Now, with the aptly-titled Time, he teams up with film and TV composer Paul K Joyce to probe further into the that projects stellar technique, smart arrangements and heaps of fun. The pair are taking this instrumental feast on tour in February, full band in tow.

slide of Statesboro Blues or the simply gorgeous That’s My Way, this crack team of bluesmen remind us what makes the genre such an enduring vehicle for carrying emotion.

classical spectrum. Together they offer stunning takes on Villa-Lobos, Vivaldi and Bach, all matched with their own far-reaching, symphonic fare.

Howlin’ Wolf SMOKESTACK LIGHTNING: THE COMPLETE CHESS MASTERS 1951-1960 Hip-O-Select Next in the Complete collections comes one of the best loved Chess artists, Howlin’ Wolf, who owned every tune he took on from the second he let that otherworldly roar loose from his tonsils. Here we have the first decade of his output, amounting to nearly 100 delectable gems – some well-known, some rare, but all essential to any blues lover’s stockpile.

Chris Spedding PEARLS Repertoire With a golden CV that includes producing the Sex Pistols’ first demo, six-string sessions with Paul McCartney, Tom Waits, John Cale and Bryan Ferry and a Top 20 hit, Motorbikin’, Spedding has seen it from all sides. This home-recorded treat covers

Spedding’s musical A-list work from Muddy Waters to Chet Baker as well as offering a clutch of genre-bending cuts penned by the man himself. There’s even a touch of jazz.

Jeff Healey FULL CIRCLE: THE LIVE ANTHOLOGY Eagle Records As with many guitarists sharing Healey’s indisputable gift, the only arena to fully appreciate their work is live. Those amongst us who never got to see this unique player first hand should check out this 3-CD/1-DVD anthology. This trio of concerts, recorded over six years, offer an opportunity to see a true master develop, with bags of vintage Healey as well as unreleased treasures.

Dan Sartain TOO TOUGH TO LIVE One Little Indian 19 minutes, 13 tracks! Sartain’s new high speed missive is a punk assault packed with vim. Agitated fun, with Go-Go’s guitarist Jane Wiedlin guesting

The Bloody Hollies YOURS UNTIL THE BITTER END Alive Naturalsound A cracking name with a cracking sound to match, this lot demand your ears. Rampant psych-blues to die for

SNAP JUDGEMENTS Whitehorse WHITEHORSE Six Shooter This musical couple deliver a whimsical, breezy beat-blues debut that’ll bear repeated visits thanks to thoughtful lyrics and a rosy, rootsy sway

Omar & The Howlers ESSENTIAL COLLECTION Ruf Omar’s a hard-touring man and it shows in this double album covering a life of heartfelt blues. Hits, personal picks and sensational live cuts

Lamb Of God RESOLUTION Roadrunner Curtain raised with a demonic shriek like no other, Lamb Of God rapidly grind your brain into submission with truly agile chops and hypersonic beats

Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings LIVE COMMUNICATION Repertoire With some true talent lined up beside him, Wyman’s latest is an exhilarating live medley of choice R’n’B that’s full of soulful sizzle

Demos on your phone This month Tascam unveils a handy solution to recording on the move. The £85 iM2 stereo mic slots into the dock connector of your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch and, when combined with their PCM Recorder app, transforms your Apple device into a high-quality stereo recorder. The stereo mic features a duo of 180-degree-adjustable condenser mics, a mic preamp and an analog to digital converter. Don’t be fooled by its size either… it can handle up to an impressive 125db, and contains a stereo limiter to prevent sudden unwanted spikes. The PCM recorder app (free from the iTunes store) is based on Tascam’s popular DR-Series recorders and includes input and output faders, high and low EQ, a stereo limiting and low cut filter, and a handy on-screen meter for controlling levels. Dandy!

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Book of the month The Dream Factory: Fender Custom Shop TOM WHEELER Hal Leonard Cataloguing the rise and rise of the diamond in Fender’s history, Wheeler’s new hardback is rich pickings; mouth-watering guitars, signature stories and lots more.

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