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Album Review

The 30 tracks on this inexpensive import are mostly steel guitar instrumentals taken from 1950s transcriptions discs of Tennessee Ernie Ford's radio show. Tennessee Ernie introduces nearly all of the selections and sometimes banters with West, and guitarist Jimmy Bryant appears on a half-dozen tracks. The sound quality is a little flat, and the performances not as sprightly and engaging as Speedy West and Jimmy Bryant's Capitol recordings, but There's Gonna Be a Party provides an entertaining program of rarities for true believers.


Born: 1924 in Springfield, MO

Genre: Country

Years Active: '50s, '60s

One of the greatest virtuosos that country music has ever produced, Speedy West bridged the western swing and rockabilly eras with eye-popping steel guitar. Besides contributing to literally thousands of country sessions, West cut many of his own instrumentals, as a solo act and with his guitarist partner Jimmy Bryant. Adept at boogie, blues, and Hawaiian ballads, West played with an infectious joy and daring improvisation that, at its most adventurous, could be downright experimental. It's doubtful...
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