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- The Unrock Tapes by Sir Richard Bishop
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“Sir” Richard Bishop is back with another LP of his nimble-fingered acoustic trickery, literally hours after his last one came out. Quite astonishing productivity really, although I guess the joy of being a solo guitarist is that you can just strap on and get on with it.
Anyway, as you’d probably expect, on this LP we’ve got a lot of the same tricks from this Sun City Girl as the previous one. Fast fingered bluesy licks, calming raga-style open tuned stuff, general six-string showing off done by a man who I think we can agree has earned the right to show off.
I’m particularly enjoying the bouncy opener to “Part Two”, ‘William Goat’s Gruff’, which Phil says is “a bit Ren and Stimpy”. It’s got a cheeky laid back surfy beatless rock’n’roll groove held down by rhythm guitar and walking bass while he flits around the fretboard like a man possessed. There’s a silky lounge jazz electric guitar tone on this one as well. It highlights a stream of playful irreverence that runs through the recording, allowing his pure tones to slip into almost sloppy recklessness in places but always holding fast to his churning, mystical grooves. Great work yet again from the R-Bish.
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