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The Merle Travis Guitar
Genres: Country, Pop
Vintage 1956 Merle Travis album featuring his unique solo guitar style that traverses blues, jazz and country. An inspirational collection that shaped contemporary music from Chet Atkins through to Mark Knopfler and introd... more »
Vintage 1956 Merle Travis album featuring his unique solo guitar style that traverses blues, jazz and country. An inspirational collection that shaped contemporary music from Chet Atkins through to Mark Knopfler and introduced the Fender solid body guitar that Travis had developed. Acclaimed by Elvis guitarist Scotty Moore as a seminal set and prime influence on his guitar playing. Also featuring an additional eight vocal tracks from his late 1940 s canon that originally appeared on 78s including the much-covered hits Sixteen Tons (from Bo Diddley to Tennessee Ernie Ford) and Nine Pound Hammer . Also includes the Johnny Cash and Sparklehorse covered gem 'Dark As A Dungeon'. Remastered with sleevenotes by MOJO s Dave Henderson.
Buyer Beware --Additional Comments
Frank | 03/17/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I have virtually every recording by Merle and the previous review is correct that this is not an exact duplicate of the original LP "The Merle Travis Guitar, " at least as it was released in the USA. I have the LP which was re-issued in the 1970s . The track listings are correct but it appears that this edition has used alternating acoustic and electric guitar version, utilizing the original tracks for the electric and apparently using acoustic cuts from another Capital release , the name which is eluding me now but is down in my collection. Not a terrible thing but not original. Perhaps the original lp was compiled differently in England where this cd comes from(Prophet label), but I doubt it. It also appears it was transferred from a vinyl lp source as there are areas where surface noise is apparent. However, it is a nice package overall, with the original artwork and also adds some famous bonus tracks from the late 1940s and early 50s with vocal material. I enjoyed hearing the alternate acoustic versions interspersed with the various electric original tracks . It is still worth having if you are looking for a cd version with nice artwork and a good overview of Merle's wonderful guitar work. Another caution is the liner notes are not terribly accurate in referring to Merle playing an electric solid body on this album and implying he developed the first Fender guitar, which is a whole other story. Merle did not play a solid guitar here but rather his famous Gibson Super 400 hollow body electric guitar. The acoustic most is likely his 1940s Martin D-28. He did design the Bigsby solid guitar with Paul Bigsby in 1948 or so and apparently loaned it to Leo Fender who apparently copied some of its design features. He later had Bigsby customize the Martin by putting a Bigsby neck on with what we now recognize as the Fender 6 on a side headstock. Martin has a very expensive version of that guitar available now."
BUYER BEWARE - NOT ORIGINAL ALBUM
PJ | USA | 03/17/2009
(1 out of 5 stars)
"BEWARE THIS IS NOT THE ORIGINAL LP. SOME OF THE CUTS ARE FROM THE ORIGINAL "MERLE TRAVIS GUITAR" BUT SOME HAVE BEEN REPLACED WITH CUTS FROM OTHER EARLY MERLE TRAVIS ALBUMS. I'M NOT SURE IF THIS IS A MISTAKE BUT I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS RELEASE."