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Don't let the title of this disc, Eclecticity, and the name of the artist, Gat, fool you. Granted, a variety of musical styles and recording methods are featured on these eleven tracks but fans of Graham Allman-Talbot will have no trouble recognizing elements that are common to Graham's music - Rickenbacker 12-string chiming riffs aplenty, and a reverence for Roger McGuinn's and the Byrds' body of work. The disc includes an outstanding version of the Chris Hillman-penned "Have You Seen Her Face" and the Roger and Camilla McGuinn Irish-inspired folk-rock ballad "May The Road Rise To Meet You." In fact, it shouldn't surprise listeners to hear a combination of Graham's layers-of-guitars solo material as Gat and his jingle-jangle collaborative efforts with Starbyrd (there is a reference to Starbyrd in the lyrics of "I'm Home") on this disc.
Classic Beatles influences are also present in Graham's music, and his vocals often remind me a bit of George Harrison. The excellent stripped down version of "After The Gold Rush" is indicative of the impact that Neil Young has had on Graham's music. Last but not least, Graham pays homage to Arthur Lee by reprising lyrics that Arthur used on Love's "the Red Telephone" in the album-ending opus "You're Everywhere."
If you are a fan of the aforementioned artists, you will really dig this album. If you are addicted to jangly, Byrds-derivative music, you will love this album. Graham Allman Talbot is a 21st century ambassador of the folk-rock music that originated in the mid-1960s, and Eclecticity is the latest testament to his exceptional ambassadorial skills. Just as the lyrics to "I'm Home" suggest, you too will be right at home with Graham's timeless melodies, songs and harmonies.
-- Eric Sorensen, "Jangle On!" Columnist
12-string electric guitar may never recover! For someone wanting to
have a prime sample of early Byrds, heavy on the trademark Rickenbacker
12 string fingerpicking sound, then start right here!" - M.R.
Then To Now
This is a collection of songs from 1999 right up to the present day, representing tracks from solo recordings and the Byrds-drenched Starbyrd release. If you missed out on getting hold of Graham's "Coloured Blue" and "Moving On" releases, then this 16 track collection is a very good place to start. Also included are four tracks taken from the Starbyrd's "On The Other Side Of Mad', as well as a newly re-recorded version of 1999's "Together We Are One". His music has been described by reviewers as sounding like a cross between George Harrison and Roger McGuinn - folk rock meets The Beatles. Playing various instruments, he has been able to create songs influenced by The Beatles, Byrds, REM and many West Coast bands, but at the same time has managed to retain his own unique style. Includes covers of "If Not For You" (Bob Dylan), "Isn't It A Pity" (George Harrison), and "My Back Pages" (Bob Dylan). Having left Starbyrd in January 2006, he has been writing and recording some new material ready for a new solo CD. If strummy acoustic and jangle 12-string guitars are your thing, then you need to get Gat! EXCELLENT!!!! "
"This cd delivers heavy on the 12 string Rickenbacker guitars which means the Byrds sound rules on this one. Along with that is the sound of the Beatles! So if you dig the sounds of the two most awesome "B" bands in the world, just get this! Gat is a truely excellent jangle pop delight! "
"This is a solo album of all kind of songs sitting around for Byrds inspired band Starbyrds member, Gat. The home-brewed jangle is all over the place on these 16 songs, which have not only the sounds of The Byrds firmly embedded in them (think Gene Clark-era) but also George Harrison and some of the jangle of classic REM. There's some very fine covers in here, as well - "If Not For You", "Isn't It A Pity", and "My Back Pages". Acoustically driven at its base, jangle fans need to check this one out and let it hit ya hard! Recommended!"
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Venus In Bluejeans, Gat, Tim Lee 3, Freddie Steady 5, Tony Poole
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