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zZounds Signature Collection

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zZounds Signature Collection

In this finale of zZounds Signature Collection, I am refreshing a post dedicated to Peter Frampton - 

Friday zZounds Showcase

Epiphone Limited Edition Peter Frampton Les Paul Custom PRO Electric Guitar
$749 OR 12 Payments $62.42

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--EPIENPF



- Epiphone in action -

As always,
Play it!

Red wine can save your life, this is how

“Wine is the most healthful and most hygienic of beverages.” - Louis Pasteur
“I’ve never eaten as much cheese as I did when I visited Paris. There’s a cheese shop on every corner, selling hundreds of varieties”. Says Carmine Gallo in his book, titled The Storyteller’s Secret. 
He continues to say, “It’s not light cheese either. French cheeses are very high in fat and the French eat about 60 percent more cheese than Americans. Moreover, the French consume more high-fat and high cholesterol meat.
He then asks, Why do Americans suffer from heart diseases at a much higher rate than the French, as suggested by several research studies?
On November 17, 1991, the popular news program called 60 minutes revealed a possible answer. The host, Morley Safer looked into the camera, held up a glass of red wine, and declared. “The answer to France’s low rate of heart diseases may lie in this inviting glass.”In that instant the “French paradox” was born.
The French paradox is simply about French people h…

zZounds Music Sunday

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In this edition of zZounds Music Sunday, I am spotlighting the brand ESP and an instrumental offer perfect for beginners.

ESP -
Electric Sound Products
Japanese guitar manufacturer - electric and bass
Headquarters - Tokyo, Japan and Los Angeles, California
Product lines - ESP Standard, ESP Custom Shop, LTD Guitars and Basses, Navigator, Edwards Guitar and Basses, Grassroots

(Wikipedia)

In this post, consider -

ESP LTD EC-10 10 Series Electric Guitar, Black, with Gig Bag, Blemished
$159.95 OR 6 Payments $26.66

!Only 1 Left!

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--ESPEC10


What makes this guitar special?
The design is in the details.  Follow the link above to explore this unique instrumental.  
If you are seriously interested in learning how to play the electric guitar and ESP sounds like the right fit for your budget and brand intrigue, follow the link above for further information and a payment plan.  …

Set List Recommended

In this edition of Set List Recommended, I am noting the post, Abbey Road.

"The End" is the 10th track on Side Two of Abbey Road.  "The End" is also the final song to be recorded by all four members of The Beatles.  Was this song suggestive of their break up?




The Abbey Road post is detailed in background, successes, and closing consideration.  Therefore, I will let the post speak on its own...

And so for this reason, I choose the post link above as my Set List Recommended.

Friday zZounds Showcase

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In this edition of Friday zZounds Showcase, I will showcase an exceptionally unique Eddie Van Halen guitar from his Striped Series.

EVH Eddie Van Halen Striped Series Shark Electric Guitar, with Pau Ferro Fingerboard
Burgundy Silver
$1,499.99 OR 12 Payments $125

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--EVH5107922


The aesthetic design history of the EVH Eddie Van Halen Striped Series Shark Electric Guitar is as intriguing as the make itself.  
If you are curious about the Striped Series Shark, explore the link above and enjoy.  If you are seriously interested in owning a legendary instrumental, follow the link above for further details and a payment plan.  

Set List Reader's Choice

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In this edition of Set List Reader's Choice, your favorite post is a tie -

zZounds Signature Collection

In Honor - George Benson

The Ibanez guitar brand has been George Benson's exclusive preference for well over 30 years - a historic relationship in music.  In the post, zZounds Signature Collection, I featured the Ibanez GB10SE electric guitar in George Benson's name and so will let the post speak on its own.

The post, In Honor - George Benson, details Benson's successes and honors - most notably being titled Jazz Master - the nation's highest honor in jazz as recognized by the National Endowment of the Arts.  I will let the post speak on its own.

With that said, there was one other George Benson electric guitar offered on zZounds -

Ibanez LGB30 George Benson Electric Guitar (with Case)
Natural
$1,099.99 OR 12 Payments $91.67

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--IBALGB30



Fo…

Electric Guitar! I love you, man

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In reference to Andy Taylor of Duran Duran live at Wembley in 2004, welcome to the launch edition of zZounds Electric Guitar!  As with zZounds Drums (On the drums...) and zZounds Bass Guitar (Plat that *f*), this series will feature a variety of the ultimate rock music instrumental - the electric guitar.

With that said, play this electric guitar -

EVH Eddie Van Halen Striped Series Electric Guitar
Left-Handed
$999.99 OR 12 Payments $83.33

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--EVH5107912



From one legendary guitarist to another, the EVH electric guitar is a must to highlight in this zZounds Electric Guitar series.
Designed for lefties  Stratocaster-style body Eddie Van Halen's iconic red with black and white stripe graphics
The finer details are best left to the pros...southpaw pros.
If you are curious about this EVH Eddie Van Halen Striped Series Electric Guitar, Left-Handed, follow the link a…

Abbey Road

Abbey Road
Abbey Road is the 11th album by The Beatles, released in September 1969.  
Genres considered - Blues, Rock, Pop
Point of interest - "The End" as the concluding track on the album was the final that all four members would record together.  John Lennon left shortly before the release.  Paul McCartney announced the official break-up in April 1970.
Point of interest - EMI Studios in London was renamed Abbey Road Studios after the album.  
Refer to Wikipedia for a full production background. 
Abbey Road note - 9th most downloaded album on iTunes in 2010
Abbey Road initial success - 4 million copies sold in the first two months of release No. 1 in the UK In total, the album spent 81 week on UK albums charts. No. 1 on U.S. Billboard Top LP
Abbey Road Certifications - Gold in France Platinum in Germany and Italy 2x Platinum in Denmark 3x Platinum in Australia and the UK 5x Platinum in New Zealand 12x Platinum in the U.S. Diamond in Argentina and Canada
(Wikipedia)
Upon release, Abbey Road recei…

Queen - Another One Bites the Dust

"Another One Bites the Dust"
Background - Written by bass guitarist, John Deacon Featured on Queen's eighth album, The Game (1980) (Refer to Wikipedia for a full history)
Success - No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 No. 2 on U.S. Hot Soul Singles chart No. 2 on U.S. Disco Top 100 chart No. 7 on UK Singles Chart Best-selling single - over 7 million copies sold
Awards and Nominations - American Music Award (Favorite Rock Single) Grammy nomination 
Certifications - Gold in the Philippines Platinum in Denmark, UK, and U.S. (physical) 4x Platinum in the U.S, (digital)
Wikipedia
Side track - The Game
Background - Released in June 1980 Queen's first album to use a synthesizer
Success - No. 1 in the U.S.  Best-selling album in the U.S. - 4 million in sales Most noted songs - "Another One Bites the Dust" (No. 1 in the U.S.) "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" (No. 1 in the U.S.)
Certifications - Gold - Austria, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, UK Platinum in Poland 2x Platinum in Argentina 4…

Versus Tuesday

Astronaut2005 Drummer v. Original Performance

In this edition of Versus Tuesday, I am featuring "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen and the drum cover take by Astronaut2005 Drummer.


Queen - "Another One Bites the Dust" Astronaut2005 Drummer Cover


Queen - "Another One Bites the Dust" Official Music Video

In Honor - George Benson

(Wikipedia)
George Benson began playing the guitar at an early age - 8 years old.  He began playing professionally at the age of 21.  
Point of interest - He was once employed by Miles Davis for the 1968 album, Miles in the Sky and specifically "Paraphernalia."  He also worked with Stevie Wonder for the album, Songs in the Key of Life and specifically "Another Star."
Point of interest - In September 2013, Benson performed at the Rock in Rio festival in Rio de Janeiro, 35 years after his first performance...also being the inaugural festival.
George Benson's 1974 album, Bad Benson, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Jazz chart.
Benson's 1976 album, Breezin', and most noted track, "This Masquerade," earned him a Grammy Award for Record of the Year (1977).  Breezin' is certified triple-Platinum.
Hit singles include - "Give Me the Night" "Love All the Hurt Away" "Turn Your Love Around" "Inside Love" "Lady Love Me&quo…

zZounds Signature Collection

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zZounds Signature Collection

In this post of the limited edition series, the spotlight is on jazz guitarist, George Benson.

Below is what zZounds has to offer -

Ibanez GB10SE George Benson Electric Guitar (with Case)
Brown Sunburst
$1,299.99 OR 12 Payments $108.33

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--IBAGB10SE



What makes this guitar special?
"...the GB10SE exemplifies Ibanez expertise in creating high-quality, affordable signature instruments capable of meeting the artists exacting demands..." - zZounds
Point of interest - According to zZounds, George Benson and Ibanez have the longest running relationship than any other guitar maker and guitar legend - well over three decades.
The features are in the details.  Follow the link above to explore.
George Benson and Ibanez Musician's Friend


Whether a novice or a professional, channel the jazz genre within you by owning a legendary guitar.…

zZounds Music Sunday

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In this edition of zZounds Music Sunday, I am featuring a must have accessory for a valued instrument -

ESP B-Style Hardshell Form-Fit Bass Case, New
$189 OR 6 Payments $31.50

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--ESPCLBFF


This case is snug and plush-lined to safely store your bass guitar.
A brief background behind ESP - ESP - Electric Sound Products - is a Japanese guitar manufacturer with specialties in electric guitars and basses.  Founded in 1975, the company's headquarters are in Tokyo and Los Angeles.  The history of ESP is lengthy and complex, so refer to Wikipedia for further reading.
With that said, if you are in need of a case for your bass guitar and ESP is the right fit, follow the link above for further details.
As always,
Play it!

Set List Recommended

In this edition of Set List Recommended, I am featuring two posts honoring Stevie Ray Vaughan -

zZounds Signature Collection

In Honor - Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stevie Ray Vaughan's history and honors are noted in the In Honor - Stevie Ray Vaughan post, so I will let it speak on its own.

The dedicated Fender Stratocaster in Stevie Ray Vaughan's name is worth considering or investing in ($1,699.99) because a purchase will feel like owning music history from a Blues music legend.  Explore the zZounds Signature Collection post.

There are two reasons alone that led me to choose the two post links above as my Set List Recommended -



Friday zZounds Showcase - Special Edition

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On Friday zZounds Showcase, posts are reserved for exclusive or limited edition instruments - generally guitars by such names as Epiphone, Gibson, and Fender.  

In this special edition of Friday zZounds Showcase, I am showcasing apparel in the Gibson name that, should you be interested, can be worn proudly to show interest in the iconic name.

Gibson Logo T-Shirt
Sizes L, XL, XXL
$24.99

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--GIBGABLK



Details - Lightweight 100% cotton Distressed vintage screened logo Unisex fit
Gibson Custom Shop Heather T-Shirt, Gray Sizes L, XL $29.99
https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--GIBGAGCRM


Details - White and gold lightly distressed look 60/40 cotton/polyester  Shrink resistant Unisex fit
Mix things up on this Friday.
As always though,
Play it!

Set List Reader's Choice

In this edition of Set List Reader's Choice, your favorite post is -

Sammy Hagar - Solo Debut

I will let the post link above stand on its own.

With that said, I was curious to know more about Sammy Hagar's solo studio albums and their successes.  As stated in the post link, Hagar has 13 albums to his name alone.

In this post, I will highlight select albums.

Nine on a Ten Scale was Hagar's debut solo album, released in May 1976.


Sammy Hagar was Hagar's second album, released in January 1977.  It is also referred to as The Red Album in honor of his anthem "Red" and nickname "Red Rocker."  (Wikipedia)


Street Machine was Hagar's fourth album, released in September 1979.  It peaked at No. 71 on Billboard 200 in October 1979.  (Wikipedia)


Danger Zone was Hagar's fifth album, released in June 1980.  Special appearances were made in this album, including Journey's Steve Perry and Neal Schon (drummer for Journey).  (Wikipedia


Standing Hampton was Hagar&…

Play that *f*

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In reference to John Taylor of Duran Duran, welcome back to zZounds Bass Guitar!

In this edition of zZounds Bass Guitar, consider the ultimate beginner's set up -

Silvertone LB11 Electric Bass Package, Cobalt Blue
$200.95 OR 6 Payments $33.49

https://www.zzounds.com/a--3960264/item--SVTSSLB11PAK


The Silvertone LB11 is available in three colors - Cobalt Blue, Liquid Black, and Sunburst.  
The package also includes a portable amp, cables, instructional DVD, gig bag, nylon strap, picks, and a tuner.
If you are curious about the Silvertone brand and this package especially, explore the link above.  If you are seriously interested in learning how to play the bass guitar, follow the link above for further details and a payment plan.
As always,
Play it!

Sammy Hagar - Solo Debut

Sammy Hagar is well established in the music industry - vocals for the 1970s hard rock band, Montrose, replacing David Lee Roth as lead singer for Van Halen (1985 - 1996), a brief two-year reunion with Van Halen (2003 - 2005),and an ultimately successful solo career.
In 2007, Hagar was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Van Halen.
Genres considered - hard rock, heavy metal
Standing Hampton was Hagar's best selling album, certified Platinum in the U.S.
"Your Love Is Driving Me Crazy," from the follow-up album Three Lock Box, was Hagar's highest charting solo single - No. 13 on Billboard Hot 100.  
Sammy Hagar is best known for "I Can't Drive 55" - No. 26 on Billboard Hot 100.
I Never Said Goodbye was released in 1987, after joining Van Halen.
Sammy Hagar has 13 studio albums to his name - Nine on a Ten Scale (1976) Sammy Hagar (1977) Musical Chairs (1977) Street Machine (1979) Danger Zone (1980) Standing Hampton (1981) Three Lock Box (1982) VOA (1984) I N…

Simple Minds - Alive and Kicking

"Alive and Kicking"
Background - - First single from Once Upon a Time - Released in 1985
Success - - No. 3 on U.S. Billboard Hot 100 - No. 1 on Top Rock Tracks (a.k.a. Mainstream Rock chart) - No. 4 in Canada - No. 1 in Italy - No. 2 in Belgium, Ireland, and the Netherlands - No. 7 on UK Singles Chart
Certifications - Gold in Canada Silver in the UK
(Wikipedia)
Side track - Once Upon a Time
Background - - 7th album - Released in October 1985
Success - - No. 1 in the UK - No. 10 in the U.S.
Certifications - Gold in France, Greece, Spain, U.S. 2x Gold in Germany Platinum in Belgium, Netherlands, New Zealand 2x Platinum in Canada 3x Platinum in the UK
(Wikipedia)
According to Wikipedia, Once Upon a Time was the band's most successful album.  "Alive and Kicking" best compliments the honor.