Guitar Reviews by Howard Owens

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  1. Sweet Heart Of The Rodeo by The Byrds ·
    The Byrds had hinted at a country direction with a few songs on previous albums, but with the addition of Gram Parsons to the line up, Sweet Heart became a project that sounded nothing like any Byrds work up to that point. It was a radical sound...(more)
    Recordings: Country · Posted: 9/25/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  2. Guit With It by Junior Brown ·
    What can I say that hasn't been said. An essential recording for any picker looking to make modern country music.
    Recordings: Country · Posted: 9/25/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  3. If There Was A Way by Dwight Yoakam ·
    Dwight's albums are consistantly great. "If There was a Way" is one among many greats. It just happens to be my favorite Dwight album. I love the songwriting. But probably the most under appreciate aspect of Yoakam's music is the guitar work and...(more)
    Recordings: Country · Posted: 9/25/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  4. GP/Grievous Angel by Gram Parsons ·
    Parsons, because of his stature in the history of country rock, tends to get overrated. He could be great, but not everything he touched is great. Still, every project he was ever involved in is essential material for those interested in the gen...(more)
    Recordings: Country · Posted: 9/25/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  5. After Awhile by Jimmie Dale Gilmore ·
    Jimmie Dale Gilmore has a star that has risen a bit above most alt country types. His music is marked by his naturally twangy, but surprisingly emotional, vocals and crafty guitar work. Any Jimmie Dale Gilmore album is worth while, but with Afte...(more)
    Recordings: Country · Posted: 9/25/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  6. Boston by Boston ·
    I'm amazed how dreadfully horrible Boston is yet people continue to praise this overly commercialized, deadly dull, pre-processed, predictable rock act.
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 9/25/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  7. Farther Along: Best Of The Flying Burrito Brothers by Flying Burrito Brothers ·
    The best example of Gram Parson's work and proof that he always did his best work with Chris Hillman. Some absolutely essential tracks for country rock fans: "Devil in Disguise," "Sin City," "Do Right Woman," "Wheels," and "Wild Horses" among o...(more)
    Recordings: Country · Posted: 9/25/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  8. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin ·
    Yup, if you could only own one Zep CD, this would be it.
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 9/25/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  9. Riding With The King by B.B. King & Eric Clapton ·
    There are some very good tracks and Clapton hasn't played this well, or had such an awesome tone, in years. But the CD doesn't really sustain my interest through every track. It has some lulls. But there are some fine King and Clapton licks to ...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 9/25/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  10. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan ·
    One of the five or 10 greatest albums ever. Whether you study music as a guitar player, a songwriter or a performer, Highway 61 is an essential and rewarding journey. You could spend a lifetime studying this record.
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 9/30/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  11. Blood On The Tracks by Bob Dylan ·
    Dylan's lyrics are always packed with meaning that reverberate and reward repeated listening and study. Musically, it just doesn't get much better than this. Throw aside all of the slick, over produced junk major labels put out today and listen ...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 9/30/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  12. Smash by The Offspring ·
    Great pop-punk ... catchy and witty ... in the best tradition of the Ramones and the Clash.
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 10/3/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  13. Six String Samurai ·
    From out of West Texas comes a guitar slinger, samauri swinging hero. With his horned rimmed glasses and battered six-string, he must defeat a cast of freaks. His name is Buddy. Pure hokum, but harmless fun. There's some funny lines and the act...(more)
    Videos: Music · Posted: 10/21/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  14. The Clash by The Clash ·
    This album is some times referred to as the "Green Album." The U.S. release contains 15 tracks, all of which are outstanding. For guitar players looking to pick up some punk licks and attitude, Mick Jones and Joe Strummer are two guys worth goin...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 10/21/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  15. Repeat When Necessary by Dave Edmunds ·
    As far as I'm concerned, Dave Edmunds have never really recorded a bad song in his life ... not that I've heard everything he's ever recorded, but I've heard a lot of it. Edmunds burst onto the scene in the late '60s with one of the great guita...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 10/21/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  16. Pure Pop For Now People by Nick Lowe ·
    In the late '70s there was a time when power pop was the crest of the new wave, with groups like the Records, the Jaggs, Tommy Tutone, the Romantics and the Knack ruled the nascent alternative radio market. But the king of the power pop world wa...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 10/21/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  17. Discipline by King Crimson ·
    A great introduction to the guitar work of Robert Fripp, a very advanced, intelligent and innovative player. Adrian Belew delivers a fine songrwriting sensibility on Discipline and is absent the bombast that makes most progressive rock so unappe...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 10/24/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  18. Cuttin' In by Sean Costello ·
    If Sean Costello doesn't become a major star, I'll be surprised. He's the best young blues guitarist I've heard since SRV first broke through. That's not to say he sounds like SRV. This is more of a vintage sound, the kind of thing you would ha...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 10/21/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  19. Buena Vista Social Club ·
    The music has an authentic feel that is so often missing from the pre-packaged garbage that often gets shoved at it. These are guys who have been playing a style of music they dearly love for all of the right reasons ... because it brings them h...(more)
    Recordings: World · Posted: 11/2/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)
  20. Guild Starfire III ·
    I shopped long and hard for the perfect guitar and I think I found it. It suits my many moods and interests in music. It's beautiful to look and, wonderful to hold and never grates on the ear. The quality of the workmanship is superior to the Gr...(more)
    Equipment: Guitars · Posted: 12/2/2000 by Howard Owens (3129)