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November 20, 2010

Vincent Bell – Good Morning Starshine (1971)

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Artist: Vincent Bell
Title: Good Morning Starshine
Year: 1971
Format: LP
Label: Decca

One of the two or three greatest guitar geeks of the Space Age Pop era, Vinnie Bell will go down in musical history as the inventor of the “watery” guitar sound that was a big fad in instrumental recordings of the late 1960s.

Used most prominently on Ferrante and Teicher’s 1969 Top Ten cover of the theme to “Midnight Cowboy,” the effect became perhaps the most-copied technique among guitarists until the wah-wah pedal became standard equipment in the 1970s.

Actually, Bell can probably take credit for the wah-wah pedal, too, as there is evidence that he built them as far back as the early 1950s.

Constantly experimenting with home-made electronic devices to modify or distort electric guitar effects, Bell played on somewhere around a gazillion studio sessions in New York and Los Angeles throughout the 1960s and 1970s. (spaceagepop)

Track Listing

  1. Aquarius
  2. A Sinner Kissed An Angel
  3. Good Morning Starshine
  4. Because Of You
  5. Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet
  6. I Hear A Rhapsody
  7. Love Me Tonight
  8. I Didn’t Know What Time It Was
  9. Les Bicyclettes De Belsize
  10. If I Only Had Time
  11. Hey Jude
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