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Album Review

Roundabout features various ad hoc recordings made by guitarist Phil Keaggy before concerts and during his soundcheck. Referred to in the album liner notes as "soundcheck loops," these tracks are often free-flowing, atmospheric, and somewhat avant-garde cuts featuring Keaggy playing solo acoustic guitar through various effects pedals, including a sampler. Usually recording straight to a tape machine or even a computer, Keaggy would improvise these songs before playing a show and later listen back to them. Here, he has compiled the most compelling of his "soundcheck loops." Although somewhat self-indulgent and perhaps not to everyone's taste, Roundabout is nonetheless a unique and intimate look into the creative process of a truly gifted and virtuosic performer.


Born: 23 March 1951 in Youngstown, OH

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Phil Keaggy is an excellent all-around guitarist who has been a part of the CCM scene for over two decades. Born and raised in Ohio in a Catholic family of ten, Keaggy always loved music and spent hours listening to such singers as Johnny Ray and Elvis Presley. He began imitating the latter as young as age four. Keaggy was also exposed to other kinds of music and became well versed in classical. His first guitar was a late-'50s Gretsch Anniversary model; at age ten his father bought him a Sears Silvertone,...
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