New CD and DVD Releases for Friday July 13th 2012

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Title:  Jerry Reed - The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed

Genre: Country

Description: A double CD with 35 tracks, The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed serves as monument to the genius of Jerry Reed. If you think heavy metal guitarists can shred, give a listen to "The Claw." Reed was guitar monster who's breezy "oh shucks" manner made him a top-10 Country fave in the '60's and '70's. Even at his hokiest, such as on "Remembering" Jerry Reed was a masterful performer. In Reed's words "There ain't no room around here for a guitar man." Until now... 

Rating (0- 10): Overall - 9, Sonically - 8

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Title: Electric Hot Tuna - Jorma's 70th Birthday Celebration

Genre: Rock, Blues

Description: This live performance DVD, recorded Dec 3 and 4th at NYC's Beacon Theater, is not your typical well-choreographed and carefully orchestrated rock concert. The on-stage attitude is loose and relaxed, with lots of space between numbers and room for improvisational flights of fancy. Too bad the production values on this DVD don't match the performances. Both the sound and the picture are medium resolution at best. Even on my computer's 26" screen the picture was soft, and the sound is murky and distant.

Rating (0- 10): Overall - 7, Sonically - 5, Visually - 5

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Title: Jesse Terry - Empty Seat On A Plane

Genre: Folk, singer-songwriter, Country

Description: With his high reedy tenor voice Jesse Terry's vocals sound like a cross between Paul Simon and The Indigo Girls. But once you get past the initial surprise of his vocal timbre, his subtly nuanced and richly textured music has the power to move you. Terry writes solid, well-crafted songs that have more gravitas and emotional strength than most contemporary country music. Produced, engineered and mixed by Neilson Hubbard, who obviously has very good ears, the sound is both lush and intimate.

Rating (0- 10): Overall - 8, Sonically - 8

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Title: Manuel Galban - Blue Cha Cha

Genre: Latin Jazz

Description: First heard by many audiophiles on the Grammy-winning Ry Cooder project, Buena Vista Social Club, Cuban jazz guitarist Manual Galban leads a big band through twelve rhythmically intricate and elegantly arranged compositions. The companion DVD, instead of a live or concert performance is a documentary that includes footage from the recording sessions as well as many scenes from historical and contemporary Cuba.

Rating (0- 10): Overall - 8, Sonically - 8 Visually - 8

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Title: Lloyd Jones - Doin' What it Takes

Genre: Blues, Funk, Rock

Description: If blues with a funk edge is your thing, Doin' What it Takes will have you jukin' by the fourth measure of the opening tune, "Bend in The River." Seven of the ten tunes on the album are Lloyd Jones originals, but even on the covers, such as Maceo Merriweather's "Worried Life Blues" Jones' guitar and vocals shine. The recording quality is impressive, as you would expect from a Reference Recordings' project.  

Rating (0- 10): Overall - 8, Sonically - 9

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