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Sounds of Wood & Steel 2
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Sounds of Wood & Steel 2
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Blues, Folk, Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock, Metal
  •  Track Listings (13) - Disc #1


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Terrific Collection of Guitar Instrumentals
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 09/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This second volume of the SOUNDS OF WOOD & STEEL series is a simply wonderful album of guitar instrumentals. As with the previous volume, each song features Taylor guitars (which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1999 when this CD was released).

There are numerous highlights, including Taylor co-founder Bob Taylor's rendition of "After the Gold Rush." [Note: Neil Young was an early proponent of the Taylor guitar.] Also, Elliot Easton's performance of "Caroline No" is amazing. Easton chose the song because of his working relationship with Brian Wilson (he has performed and recorded with Wilson) and his belief that it is the "prettiest pop ballad ever." In addition, the Hawaiian slack-key flavor of "The Island" performed by Jim Messina (with Kenny Loggins sittin' in providing wordless vocals) is a real joy.

Bottom line, there isn't a weak cut in the bunch. And don't be misled by the fact that this CD was released on the new age Windham Hill label. There's no navel-gazing guitar noodling here--just musicians sharing their love of guitars. Very satisfying. [Running Time - 47:47] HIGHLY RECOMMENDED