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Minor 7th (USA) – Reviewing the best in non-mainstream acoustic guitar music

May 1st, 2011

Minor 7th Review


May & June Short Takes

Pete Christie “Frank,” 2011

Long live the confessional singer-songwriter.

Pete Christie has seen his fair share of fire and rain, which makes for great art, and even greater albums. Akin to such well respected veteran tunesmiths as Graham Parker, Lloyd Cole, and Ray Davies — Christie sings and plays guitar straight from his broken heart and quizzical mind.

His gift for tethering his romantic ruminations to memorable melodies (and instrumental harmonies) is refreshing, and sound as if they draw inspiration from deep well of the best of the Brill Building and British Invasion.

Sure, “Normal Shade of Blue” and Dylan’s “Not Dark Yet” are bona fide tear-jerkers — but Christie’s delivery somehow lifts the spirit, proving once and for all that misery loves company — in pop music anyway!

Kudos must be afforded to Christie’s musical mates, most notably fretless bassist Pete Wallbridge, who excels with simple, sympathetic accompaniment that supports the singer and the song with style and grace.

Calling in the Band of the Royal British Legion Christchurch to back him on the cinematic “Waiting in the Wings” is the off-the-wall stuff of Brian Wilson and Sir Paul as produced by Sir George Martin.

And Katy Perry should consider covering Christie’s classic rockin’ “Easy Come, Easy Go” (though I would have preferred Petula Clark or Nancy Sinatra back in the day…). Only question is – who is Frank?

© Tom Semioli

What’s on Tom’s iPod this month? Richard Thompson – Dream Attic, Robbie Robertson – How To Become Clairvoyant, Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What

Reviewing the best in non-mainstream acoustic guitar music


Minor 7th (Wikipedia) is an online magazine that reviews non-mainstream acoustic guitar music. It was founded in November 1999 by Alan Fark, who claims to have created the magazine with the goal of “enabling independent or under-recognized acoustic guitarists to receive more wide-spread publicity.”

The website is best known for its reviews of newly-released CDs, but also features its own podcast and free bimonthly CD giveaways.

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Note from the editor: Alan Fark

What’s the story behind the name Minor 7th

I settled on Minor 7th because that chord really seems to embody the music I prefer — jazz and fingerstyle.

‘Frank’ Track List and Credits

June 8th, 2010

Album ‘Frank’ 2009

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Track List

1)   Open Your Heart

2)   Normal Shade Of Blue

3)   Not Dark Yet*

4)   Shattered

5)   Waiting in the Wings

6)   Easy Come, Easy Go

7)   Monday Morning

8)   Making Waves

9)   Just A Song

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All songs by Pete Christie except *Not Dark Yet – Bob Dylan

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Recorded at Active Music Studios, Poole 2009

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Pete Christie                              Guitars, Vocals, Keyboards on “Monday Morning”

Pete Wallbridge                        Bass Guitar, Drums on “Monday Morning”

Ted Wallbridge                         Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocals

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Frankie Milner Keyboards, Backing Vocals

Aimee Newsome-Stone Backing Vocals

Monique Houraghan Backing Vocals

The Band of the Royal British Legion, Christchurch on Waiting in the Wings

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Produced by               Pete Christie and Martin Condon

Engineered by            Martin Condon

Photography               Bob Whetton Photographer

Design                            Bob Hall Graphic Artist

Pete Christie album artwork

Robert Whetton Photographer image of Pete Christie album ‘Frank’

from the Robert Whetton Photographer blog

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Pete Christie’s guitars:

Gurian C Series

Lowden O10

David Oddy

Avalon A100

Yamaha SG1000

Yamaha APX10 Classical

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Author: Pete Christie