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GP Recommends: February 2016

Just four guys making one hell of a racket for their first live BBC TV broadcast in 1975.
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A NIGHT AT THE ODEON QUEEN
Just four guys making one hell of a racket for their first live BBC TV broadcast in 1975. Crazy tight musicianship and Brian May’s guitar is a feral kaleidoscope of tones and textures. No synths. No slop. Sensational.
—MM

THE SMITH TA PES: LOS T INTERVIEWS WITH RO CK STARS AND ICONS, 1969-1972, EZRA BOOKSTEIN, EDITOR
Reel-to-reel recordings of columnist Howard Smith’s talks with counterculture heroes like John Lennon, Dick Gregory, and Abbie Hoffman were MIA for decades. Read ’em now to revisit ’70s America at a crossroads.
—MM

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LIVE IN HYDE PARK THE WHO
A magnificent Who tribute band with two original members. Roger still a powerhouse, but wish Pete didn’t need multiple guitarists to mimic what he once did much more ferociously with an SG and a Hiwatt.
—MM

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THE BIG SWING THE BIG SWING
Italy’s Alex De Rosso is back with big tones, clever rhythms, and super-tasty solos in this power trio format. The guitars have less gain but more balls, and the chord voicings are fresh and surprising. Molto bravo!
—MB

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THE RITCHIE BLACKMORE STORY
Blackmore gets in-depth about his early years, Deep Purple, Rainbow, his metamorphosis into a medieval minstrel, and much more in this excellent DVD documentary. Tons of footage of him shredding his ass off makes it a must!
—AT

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