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The opener, "Tear It Up," is straight
from the Trio's playlist, and rocks with
suitable abandon. Burnette trades licks
with Kenny Vaughn, and the fretwork
is dazzling.
Billy's no slouch on guitar; he can
unreel driving doublestops with the best.
But mixing his picking with Vaughn -
as well as additional guitar from Rick
Vito, Shawn Camp, and Dennis Morgan - makes this a powerhouse album
of playing. A sole complaint is that the
liner notes don't specify who's who,
where and when.
Burnette's corresponding autobiography is a good read, with tales of growing
up among the Trio, Elvis, and the like.
Parts are of great historical interest,
including cutting his debut single as Billy
Beau at age seven, in 1960; the track was
the Christmas tune "Hey Daddy," with
Ricky Nelson's band featuring James
Burton. - Michael Dregni

Whiskey
Shivers

Some Part Of
Something
Whiskey Shivers' instrumentat ion, t he ba sic
construction of their songs, and lightning fast picking mean you could call
this a bluegrass band. But the ensemble
takes things one step beyond.
"Like A Stone" ruminates love and loss
but, played at the band's usual breakneck
pace, it seems to outrun its own emotions.
"Red Rocking Chair" is a minor-key
exploration of similar themes but is a
stirring, emotionally dense downshift
to a more sober speed and made all the
more haunting by Bobby Fitzgerald's
fiddle and vocal and some impressively
emotive banjo from James Bookert.
Guitar player Jeffrey Hortillosa stands
out on "Angela Barker," a semi-instrumental roller-coaster ride that sounds
like a Highland warrior drinking song
might if the booze were heavily spiked
with caffeine energy drinks.
Elements of bluegrass had been around
long before Bill Monroe and others
helped codify it, but it's a relatively recent
20th-century construction that rattled a
few square heads in its youth. By pushing
beyond the bounds of the comfortably
familiar, Whiskey Shivers may actually
be one of the most traditional bluegrass
outfits around. - Rick Allen

Freddie Mercury with Brian
May and the Red Special.

BOOM, BOOM,
KUUSH!

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eady to set listeners flashing back to
wide-leg corduroys
and denim-covered Koss
headphones, Hollywood
Records' News of The
World 40th Anniversary
Edition box set is a great
excuse to revisit Queen's
1977 landmark album and
take a peek into the creative process behind it.
Queen was on an
upswing of international
acclaim and on this, its
sixth studio album,
achieved a stylistic
diversity seldom (if ever)
equaled by themselves or
any other band. Beyond
what would become its
two biggest hits, "We
Will Rock You"/"We Are
the Champions," News offered calypso-pop ("Who
Needs You"), a bit of funk
("Get Down Make Love"),
pure punk ("Sheer Heart
Attack") straight electric
blues ("Sleepin' On the
Sidewalk"), and even a
piano-lounge closer in
"My Melancholy Blues."
The first disc is the
original album but using
96k/24-bit mixes. The
third includes seven
live performances, a
five-song session for

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BBC Radio, mixes with
different backing tracks,
instrumentals, and a song

Queen

News of the World 40th
Anniversary Edition
("Feelings Feelings")
cut from the original.
Most interesting is
disc two, Raw Sessions,
which lends a sense of
the evolution of each
song via in-progress
vocals, lyrics, solos,
and structures. It opens
with a slightly truncated
version of "We Will Rock
You" highlighted by a
guitar solo that's longer
and looser, with more
of Brian May's Vox amp
"contributing." An early
version of "We Are The

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Champions" has a morepronounced guitar presence in the pre-chorus
and choruses as well as
a solo leading into two
additional (and extraneous) choruses. Mercury's
five-bar piano intro and
vocals on "Spread Your
Wings" are entertaining in
their chinks, while "Fight
From the Inside" includes
drummer Roger Taylor's
scratch vocal and reveals
an interesting bridge. "Get
Down Make Love" dips
into jazz during a passage
later filled with produced
sound effects and vocals.
Guitar especially
dominates two tracks.
This version of "Sheer
Heart Attack" is mostly
just "rougher," while the
winner for those in the
May fan club is "Sleeping on the Sidewalk,"
here presented as a live
track from the News
U.S. tour with Mercury
handling vocals and May
extending the solo for a
32-bar blues-rock jam.
The turn on "Who
Needs You" is purely
acoustic; structurally, it's
complete, but Mercury
fills unfinished lyric lines
with scat and May
plays an outro solo. "It's
Late" is near the album
version with polished
backing vocals and a
handful of lyrical twists.
Other packaging
includes a purely analog
re-cut of the original
vinyl LP from mastermix tapes, a 60-page
photo book, and Queen:
The American Dream, a
documentary by a British
crew filmed during the
band's '77 U.S. tour
but unfinished until
now. - Ward Meeker


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