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Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming guitars Of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant
Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant
Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming guitars Of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant
Genres: Country, Pop
 
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These 16 sides were selected from the more than 50 that guitarist Bryant and pedal steel player West cut in Los Angeles between 1951 and 1956, when they were also most in demand as country--and occasionally pop--session me...  more »

      
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All Artists: Speedy West, Jimmy Bryant
Title: Stratosphere Boogie: The Flaming guitars Of Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant
Members Wishing: 9
Total Copies: 0
Label: Razor & Tie
Original Release Date: 5/23/1995
Release Date: 5/23/1995
Genres: Country, Pop
Styles: Classic Country, Western Swing, Instrumental
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 793018206723, 793018206822

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These 16 sides were selected from the more than 50 that guitarist Bryant and pedal steel player West cut in Los Angeles between 1951 and 1956, when they were also most in demand as country--and occasionally pop--session men. Forty years later, these are still considered the hottest, most fully realized, most musical instrumentals in the history of country. West's slashing, muscular steel lines send out sparks, while Bryant's bop-influenced, breakneck guitar cuts clean as a scalpel. Using the guitar-steel pairings of Western swing as a jumping-off point, these guys created a jazzy body of work that many guitarists are still trying to decipher. --John Morthland

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Just get it and hold onto your seat !!!!!!
john bryant | Seal Beach, California | 03/25/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My father, Jimmy Bryant, played the heck out of his Telecasters - in fact, he was the first artist to play a Fender guitar for Leo Fender. If you play guitar and have never heard him play, this may scare you to grasp the thought of him doing this in the early to mid 50's - just think about being the first to play a solid body electric guitar without having someone else to copy chops from - and it sounding like this! Hope you like it - you can read more about my dad at ...
Kind regards,
John Bryant"
The epitome of pickin' and grinnin'
Twice-lived | Lyons, CO United States | 11/28/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Originals and souped up country standards, played at warp speed, with sock rhythm and bop lines. My favorite is "Arkansas Traveler" as a I-vi-ii-V song instead of the traditional I-IV-I-V."
Wild sounds!
Twice-lived | 02/28/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"One day a couple of years ago I was looking through the bins at a big music store. The floor I was on contained the country section, and they were playing an album that had sounds on it that I'd never heard before. Everyone in hearing range stopped what they were doing and listened. The music was so unusual (to me, at least) and interesting that I bought the album--this album--right away, and I haven't regretted it since. Will definitely be of interest to non-old-country fans who like good music and crack musicianship."