Mike Outram

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String Bending + Jerry Donahue

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I saw this on Channel 4’s Equinox programme when it came out. In particular, Jerry Donahue’s playing is extraordinary. It blew my mind then and it still blows my mind now. The playing is sooo funky and the bending is utterly beyond belief. Just incredible. Great ‘English’ commentary too – ‘if this looks easy, it’s not’ [I say! Really, old bean?].

Also this track, taken from the album ‘Telecasting’, was featured on Guitar Player Magazine’s flexi-disk insert (which I still have) in 198something and Jerry’s playing on that is even better than this. Unfortunately I don’t have an original copy of ‘Telecasting’. I got the re-mastered version but the sound is kind of smoothed-out and it doesn’t have the same bite and twang as this I think. Anyway, for bending strings Jerry Donahue is my favourite. Anyone else got any string-bending classics?