Play: The Guitar Album

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Brad Paisley never made his love of classic '60s country a secret, often inviting his idols into the studio to record cornpone skits straight out of Hee Haw. Paisley is so steeped in the '60s that it's easy to ignore that he was born much, much later, growing up in the heyday of shred guitarists in the late '80s. These two seemingly opposed sides surface on Play, a predominantly instrumental album where the spotlight shines so brightly on the six-string that even the cuts with vocals are either about or are showcases for the guitar. Some of this falls well within the bounds of the expected chicken-picking, with Paisley paying such loving, explicit tribute to Don Rich that he quotes the "Buckaroo" theme on the opening cadence of his duet with the late Buck Owens, "Come on In." Paisley's picking on the hypercharged "Huckleberry Jam" and "Cluster Pluck" is a pleasure, but it's also nice to hear him stretch out and play some deep blues on "Kentucky Jelly," trade licks with B.B. King on "Let the Good Times Roll," cop some swinging jazz from Les Paul on the aptly titled "Les Is More," and roll on the breakers on "Turf's Up" (there may not be any novelty songs here, but Paisley sure makes up for that with his punning song titles). As good as these are, it all falls within the realm of the expected; what surprises on Play is how the '80s shred gods surface -- how Paisley's love letter to his wife, "Kim," sounds like how Joe Satriani slowed things down (and Satch surfaces again on the slow-rolling "Departure"), or how he answers Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover" with "Cliffs of Rock City." These ventures into pure '80s shred go a long way to illustrating just how versatile a guitarist Brad Paisley is, and they wind up as accidental autobiography, revealing a side he's previously camouflaged -- but now that it's surfaced, it's easy to see why his albums are always among the most adventurous and best country music of this decade. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Brad Paisley never made his love of classic '60s country a secret, often inviting his idols into the studio to record cornpone skits straight out of Hee Haw. Paisley is so steeped in the '60s that it's easy to ignore that he was born much, much later, growing up in the heyday of shred guitarists in the late '80s. These two seemingly opposed sides surface on Play, a predominantly instrumental album where the spotlight shines so brightly on the six-string that even the cuts with vocals are either about or are showcases for the guitar. Some of this falls well within the bounds of the expected chicken-picking, with Paisley paying such loving, explicit tribute to Don Rich that he quotes the "Buckaroo" theme on the opening cadence of his duet with the late Buck Owens, "Come on In." Paisley's picking on the hypercharged "Huckleberry Jam" and "Cluster Pluck" is a pleasure, but it's also nice to hear him stretch out and play some deep blues on "Kentucky Jelly," trade licks with B.B. King on "Let the Good Times Roll," cop some swinging jazz from Les Paul on the aptly titled "Les Is More," and roll on the breakers on "Turf's Up" (there may not be any novelty songs here, but Paisley sure makes up for that with his punning song titles). As good as these are, it all falls within the realm of the expected; what surprises on Play is how the '80s shred gods surface -- how Paisley's love letter to his wife, "Kim," sounds like how Joe Satriani slowed things down (and Satch surfaces again on the slow-rolling "Departure"), or how he answers Eric Johnson's "Cliffs of Dover" with "Cliffs of Rock City." These ventures into pure '80s shred go a long way to illustrating just how versatile a guitarist Brad Paisley is, and they wind up as accidental autobiography, revealing a side he's previously camouflaged -- but now that it's surfaced, it's easy to see why his albums are always among the most adventurous and best country music of this decade. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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Artist: Brad Paisley
Studio Label: CD
Edited: N
Format: CD
Enhanced: N
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 11/04/2008
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.21
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 0.41 x 4.25 x 5.25
UPC: 0088697269082
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Track Listing

1. Huckleberry Jam
2. Turf's Up
3. Start A Band - Featuring Keith Urban
4. Kim
5. Departure
6. Come On In - Featuring Buck Owens
7. Kentucky Jelly
8. Playing With Fire
9. More Than Just This Song - Featuring Steve Wariner
10. Is More
11. Pre-Cluster Cluster Pluck Prequel (Prelude)
12. Cluster Pluck
13. Cliffs Of Rock City
14. Let The Good Times Roll - Featuring B.B. King
15. What A Friend We Have In Jesus
16. Waitin' On A Woman - Featuring Andy Griffith
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Customer Reviews | 9 reviews | 3.3 out of 5

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16 Tracks, 10 are Instrumentals
12/8/2008

Customer review by wayniac

1.0 stars 12/8/2008 by wayniac
by wayniac

If you are expecting Brad to sing don't buy this. Only 5 or 6 of the 16 tracks are vocals. I wish I had never bought it.

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wayniac
South Jersey
Would recommend to a friend? No
Age:65 or older
Ownership:2 - 7 weeks
Gender:Male
Usage:Every few days
Brad paisleys PlAY
1/16/2009

Customer review by hardrain

5.0 stars 1/16/2009 by hardrain
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Brad is gifted He plays excellant. between Him & keith you have a great duo!!

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hardrain
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Great CD
12/28/2008

Customer review by CountryGirl54

5.0 stars 12/28/2008 by CountryGirl54
by CountryGirl54

Brad did a great job of picking music and musicians for this CD. I have enjoyed all of his CDs, but I believe this is my favorite. Steve Wariner is such a great musical talent-great to have him on this CD. I have been listening to the songs released and excited to have the CD to play whenever I want

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CountryGirl54
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Would recommend to a friend? Yes
Age:45 - 54
Ownership:1 week or less
Gender:Female
Usage:Every day
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Customer Reviews | 9 reviews | 3.3 out of 5

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3.5 stars
9 reviews | 3.3 out of 5

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