John Goldie's newest album Picked in The Past is a tribute to the artist's influences (5 stars)

John Goldie's newest album Picked in The Past is a tribute to the artist's influences

The artist presents his musical roots in a series of 70s rock covers

(Watercolour Music)
John Goldie has earned a considerable reputation as a jazz guitarist, but his personal musical roots go back to 70s rock, and this is his tribute to that era, albeit played on acoustic guitar. It all started when he worked out a clever arrangement of ‘Smoke On the Water’ that proved a big hit on his live solo guitar shows, and encouraged him to make the further investigations contained here.

‘Alright Now’, ‘Black Magic Woman’, ‘Honky Tonk Woman’, ‘Rockin’ All Over The World’, ‘Space Oddity’, ‘White Room’, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, the aforementioned ‘Smoke On The Water’ and a half-dozen more are remade in intricately picked fashion. It was all done ‘live’ in the studio with no overdubs, and he succeeds brilliantly in his aim to capture the spirit and shape of the originals in this very different format, while adding his own personal stamp to them. Superb playing and great tunes add up to a real treat from start to finish.

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