8 Whammy Pedal moments you totally have to hear

Steve Vai – Touching Tongues (Sex & Religion)
Vai combines a whammy pedal and delay to create complex harmonies and countermelodies in the chorus of this track from 1993’s Sex & Religion album. Very musical, very creative and very cool.

Living Colour – Wall (Stain)
With a delay effect keeping the groove going, bass player Doug Wimbish picks out certain notes to emphasise with the Whammy pedal before shifting the whole friggin’ riff up an octave over the course of the final bar of the intro. Awesome.

Pantera – Becoming (Far Beyond Driven)
Dimebag stomps on the Whammy pedal on the second beat of each bar of this killer riff. Live he liked to rock out without having to worry about pedals, so his tech did all Dime’s Whammy squealing for him.

Audioslave – Like A Stone (Audioslave)
Tom Morello uses the Whammy Pedal almost like Eddie Van Halen sometimes does with the whammy bar, using it to slide into each note from below. Awesome.

Pink Floyd – Marooned (The Division Bell)
The Whammy Pedal usage in this song is pretty subtle on first listen. David Gilmour uses it to stretch bends out over an octave, but he blends it in with his regular playing style so seamlessly that you can be forgiven for not even noticing.

Joe Satriani – Cool #9 (Joe Satriani)
The Whammy Pedal had been available for a while when Satch released this track on his low key, live-vibed self-titled album, and he’s used the pedal a lot since, but the open space provided by the vamp of this track leaves plenty of room to hear Joe’s intuitive Whammy Pedal technique in detail.

Coverdale/Page – Over Now (Coverdale/Page)
Jimmy Page uses the original WH1Whammy Pedal’s ‘Down 2nd’ mode to slide an A5 chord down to a D5. This setting is still present in the WH1, but these days they call it ‘Drop Tune.’

The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army (Elephant)
What sounds like a bass on this track is actually a Digitech Whammy Pedal with the pitch dropped way down below the basement. While Jack White loves his vintage analog gear, he’s obviously not shy about the occasional digital chip either.

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NEWS: Another new Living Colour live CD

Living Colour seem to be on a roll with the live releases lately. First there was the CBCB OMFG Masters live CD. Then there was the Paris Concert DVD. Now they’re about to release a 2-CD collection featuring all 17 songs from the concert that spawned the DVD.

CLICK HERE to watch a performance of ‘Go Away’ from the DVD.

The 2-CD set will be released on March 10.

The track list is: 
* Type
* Middle Man
* Funny Vibe
* Song Without Sin
* Nova
* Sacred Ground
* Memories Can’t Wait
* Papa Was A Rolling Stone
* Glamour Boys
* Crosstown Traffic
* Go Away
* Either Way
* Ignorance Is Bliss
* Drum Solo
* Flying
* Love Rears Ist Ugly Head
* Cult Of Personality

CLICK HERE to buy the CBGB OMFUG live CD from Amazon.com.

CLICK HERE to buy the Paris Concert DVD from Amazon.com.

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NEWS: New releases 24/11/2008

This week is likely to be dominated by Chinese Democracy. At the moment it’s not available to buy on Amazon, but CDJapan.co.jp is selling two versions. I’ve included a Benny Goodman/Charlie Christian album on the list here – I’m trying to include more diverse types of music on the site, so lemmie know if there are any particular jazz artists you’d like to see covered, and I’ll do my best.

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Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy Geffen
Some great songs, killer production and monster guitar playing (including solos by Buckethead, Bumblefoot and Robin Finck). Something here for casual G’n’R fans, diehard Axl fans and massive guitar geeks like myself, but if you’re part of the ‘Man, it’ll never be the same without Slash’ club, just try to ignore the use of the band name and enjoy it for what it is, not what it isn’t. CLICK HERE to buy the limited edition SHM-CD version.

Benny Goodman Sextet (featuring Charlie Christian) – Solo Flight Definitive Spain
This release contains some of the best live recordings by the Benny Goodman Sextet featuring Charlie Christian. Taken from rare radio broadcasts, they present the magic of Christian’s guitar during his short-lived three year music career. This release also includes the complete 1939 jam session by the Jerry Jerome Quartet, showcasing extended solos by Christian.

Metallica – Metallica [Deluxe 4 LP Vinyl] Warner Brothers
Metallica’s classic ‘black album’ reissued on vinyl, in a deluxe 4-LP set. You know the songs, you know the history, you know this is the best way to hear it. The album was originally released back when everything still came out on vinyl, although back then it was a single disc, so this isn’t exactly a reissue. If they really wanted to be faithful to the original release, I’m sure they’d release it on a poorly-dubbed TDK cassette with ‘METTALLICCA – BLACK ALBUM’ written in pen. Also available in a 2-LP version.

Bryan Beller – Thanks in Advance Onion Boy Records
Already available from Beller’s website, this fantastic album gets a wider release this week. Featuring guest appearances by Mike Keneally, Rick Musallem, Marco Minnemann and more, expect complex orchestration and amazing musicianship in addition to Beller’s killer bass playing. Check out my review here and my interview with Bryan here.

Living Colour – The Paris Concert Inakustic Gmbh
Yet another new Living Colour live recording. It’s great to see them back kicking ass, and I hope they release a new studio album soon. In the meantime, this July 2007 set includes classics like ‘Type,’ ‘Ignorance Is Bliss,’ ‘Go Away,’ Jimi’s ‘Crosstown Traffic,’ and more recent songs including ‘Flying’ and ‘Sacred Ground.’ CLICK HERE to see a preview of ‘Go Away.’

NEWS: New releases 27/10/2008

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Living Colour: CBGB OMFUG Masters: August 19 2005 CBGB Records
This live set captures Living Colour about a month after I saw them at the Metro in Melbourne, as the band toured off the back of its reunion album, Collideoscope. This set features a few songs from that album as well as a lot of classic material, mainly drawn from the first two albums, which honks me off slightly because my favourite LC CD is ‘Stain,’ which is only represented by ‘Ignorance Is Bliss’ here.

Megadeth – Rust in Peace (Vinyl reissue) Capitol
Another one of those ‘if you don’t have this, you can’t call yourself metal’ albums, Rust In Peace features the Megadeth debut of Marty Friedman, fresh from Cacophony and eager to fill every available corner of this album with exotic phrasing and unusual melodies.

Cradle of Filth – Godspeed On The Devil’s Thunder (Special Edition 2 CD) Roadrunner
This is a concept album telling the story of Gilles De Rais, the world’s first serial killer and a good buddy of Joan of Arc. This one’s being hailed as the band’s most ‘aggressive and chilling’ album to date, and is a must for anyone who spends as much on white facepaint as I do on lattes.

Exodus – Let There Be Blood Megaforce
Thrash pioneers Exodus rerecord their classic Bonded By Blood with their new line-up, to bring the album’s sound up to date with their later recordings, and with a slightly less terrible cover. Produced by Exodus’s Gary Holt and mixed by can-he-do-no-wrong producer Andy Sneap.

Steve Vai – Passion and Warfare (Vinyl reissue) Sony Legacy
What is it with vinyl reissues? Not that I’m complaining, cos here’s another one I never had the chance to buy on vinyl when it was first released, and there’s a good chance I’ll probably buy this just for the sentimental value – I really wanted this on vinyl when it first came out (I was 12) and had to settle for the tape. Anyway, another classic of the genre, if you’ve never heard it you suck, etc etc etc.

The Cure – 4:13 Dream Geffen
The 13th album by The Cure, rearranged from the original plan to release a double album. This one contains the ‘light’ tracks, and the dark moody stuff will be released at a later date. The Cure is now down to just four members – Robert Smith, Simon Gallup, Porl Thompson and Jason Cooper – and this album is suitably stripped back.