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Mike Elliott: “Solo Guitar”

Mike Elliott: "Solo Guitar"

Mike Elliott: electric & acoustic guitars

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About the Music

Originally released in 1981 on Celebration Records.
Recorded in June 1981 at Celebration 300 Studios in Bloomington, MN.
Mix down to master and editing done at Creation Audio, Bloomington, MN by Steve Wiese.
24-bit digital remastering by Paul G. Kohler at Art of Life Studios in Charleston, SC in November, 2017.
Album cover by Paul G. Kohler based upon the original album cover design by Janny Hartley & Jonette Novak.

About the Guitars:

The first five tunes were done on my superb Gibson Citation. Advantage was taken of its lovely acoustic sound by recording both acoustically and electrically. The mix is about 60% electric to 40% acoustic. "Nobody Does It Better" was recorded with my Ryoji Matsuoka M-80 Flamenco guitar.

Tracks seven through eleven take a somewhat more "electric guitar" approach, using the Gibson Super V CES guitar. The guitar was recorded by mixing an amplifier microphone with a direct-to-console line. I also used a small condenser microphone placed inside the Super V, and mixed in just a small amount of that sound for acoustic ambience.

"Willow Weep For Me" was done on a Gibson EDS-1275 double neck 6 and 12-string guitar, modified for individual output from each neck. The six-string neck is tuned with a "drone" tuning (D7 (sus) add F#) which was played with the right hand, while using a "hammer on" technique with the left hand to play the melody line on the 12-string neck.

The electric signal of all the guitars was processed thru MXR and Delta Lab digital delay lines and fed to Lab Series amplifiers.

About the Music:

This album is quite a departure for me, both in substance and production.

My other albums are, for the most part, fairly complex "studio" productions, and original material. This time, however, I felt the need to do a "one man, one guitar" collection of music.

With the exception of "Nobody Does It Better," all the tunes are old standards, and were selected simply because they are some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them.

This album is respectfully dedicated to my friend and mentor, the man I consider to be the premier solo guitarist in the world today, Johnny Smith.

Mike Elliott

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