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Stephen’s latest CD is a guest release on the Harp Guitar Music label, and an amazing, unprecedented work in every way. It’s one of the coolest “concept albums” one could imagine – Classic Rock tunes on harp guitar! Most are covered here for the first time ever as solo instrumental acoustic fingerstyle arrangements. This is the CD that Stephen Bennett was born to make and that Baby Boomers (and their children) everywhere will fall in love with!
Stephen cut his teeth in various rock bands, and these tunes are in his blood. But they’re more than nostalgia; they are great, classic tunes. And so he’s arranged 15 memorable songs by many of his favorite rock bands and performers. And not just his – a lot of us grew up on these songs, and they play them to this day on “Classic Rock” stations for new fans the world over.
It was high time to revisit them (no pun intended). Amazingly, the acoustic Dyer harp guitar proved itself the perfect instrument to capture and distill all the guitars, bass, drums, organs and vocals of the original classics. But of course, only master Bennett could pull it all off!
Go ahead and download it (soon) from your favorite Internet service, but you don’t want to be without the groundbreaking (and authentically psychedelic) CD itself. It even comes with a “mini Rock poster” inside!
You will find no better mood-enhancing drug (and natural!) than to immerse yourself “in the garden of Stephen.”
"There’s not a clinker to be found here...this is a great concept, executed brilliantly. It’s also a ton of fun..." - Dan Forte, Vintage Guitar Magazine (FULL REVIEW)
we admit there are lots of former rockers who are now playing acoustic
guitar. Age has a way of mellowing even the most die-hard metal heads.
But if you want to merge the sonority of steel string acoustic guitar
with the classic rock sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, where can you go?
To the wizard himself, Stephen Bennett, on his latest harp guitar CD
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Stephen." It’s Bennett’s paean to the
halcyon days of all those great bands we used to listen to in high
school (dating myself here). In 15 shimmering tracks, Bennett takes us
back while keeping our eardrums intact. The fact he does this on a harp
guitar makes this release even more impressive, using the bass strings
to add another voice to his ridiculous renditions of timeless tunes. The
disk begins red hot with "Light my Fire" by the Doors. This
cut opens the window to the key to the entire CD -- not only does
Bennett nail the melody and bass lines and middle voice, he captures the
vibe of each classic song. I’m not sure how he does it, but he
captures the haunting smokiness of Hendrix’ "The Wind Cries
Mary" with a funky backbeat. On Procol Harum’s ageless "A
Whiter Shade of Pale," all the melancholy of the original rests on
your soul; such a simple yet lovely melody. We get two servings of
Clapton, once on Cream’s "White Room," then on the Blind
Faith’s "Can’t Find My Way Home." On "White
Room," Bennett begins almost Spanish flavor, but quickly settles
into the bass grove while picking out the lyrical melody. Jack Bruce
makes an encore on "Theme for an Imaginary Western" by
Mountain. Bennett was "Born to Be Wild" with a driving version
of Steppenwolf’s hit. We get Jethro Tull ("Teacher"), Pink
Floyd ("Time/Breathe"), The Stones ("Honky Tonk
Women"), even King Crimson (a killer version of "Court of the
Crimson King"). If you like acoustic guitar and pine for real rock
and roll, buy this CD -- it will take you back 40 years and put a smile
on your face."
"Now that the baby boomers are aging onwards, it’s a good time to reflect back on some of the great songs that shaped our various childhoods. A fitting place to start is with a 2010 release from the pioneering Harp Guitar Music label, started up by guitar guru Gregg Miner. Miner and his label strike harp guitar gold with the 2010 CD from guitar icon Stephen Bennett, appropriately entitled In-A-Gadda-Da-Stephen. A mix of late ‘60s classics from the dawn of the golden era of ‘60s classic rock, the 15 cut In-A-Gadda-Da-Stephen might be missing the classic Iron Butterfly track for which it’s named but there's plenty more here including solo instrumental acoustic harp guitar covers of classics made famous by The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Procol Harum, Jethro Tull, Yes, King Crimson, Rolling Stones, Cream and more. Such is Bennett’s authentic command of the acoustic harp guitar that he sounds like a virtual one man guitar army, filling in the melody and rhythm with some propulsive percussive backing—all played simultaneously on his famous acoustic harp guitar. As great as the music here sounds, one must also applaud Miner and his label for packaging the CD quite appealingly in a nostalgic ‘60s style, adding in track by track liner notes and psychedelic poster." - Robert Silverstein, Music Web Express 3000
DVDs by Stephen Bennett, John Doan, Muriel Anderson, Andy McKee,
Stacy Hobbs, Tom Shinness, Dan LaVoie, James Kline, Larry
Berwald, Bill Dutcher, Gregg Miner, Pasquale Taraffo
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