Andrew Deevey | While My (Acoustic) Guitar Gently Weeps

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While My (Acoustic) Guitar Gently Weeps

by Andrew Deevey

This is the first solo release by Andrew Deevey of Beatles songs performed as acoustic guitar fingerstyle solos. The idea behind the album was simple - guitar with no overdubs just like Davy Graham, John Renbourn and Bert Jansch.
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1. Eleanor Rigby
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2:33 album only
2. Hello Goodbye
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2:51 album only
3. Hey Jude
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4:08 album only
4. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
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2:15 album only
5. In My Life
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1:54 album only
6. Lady Madonna
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1:43 album only
7. Michelle
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2:54 album only
8. Norwegian Wood
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1:55 album only
9. Nowhere Man
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2:05 album only
10. She Loves You
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2:09 album only
11. Something
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2:12 album only
12. Ticket to Ride
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13. When I'm Sixty Four
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14. Yesterday
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
...... Andy started his guitar playing career in Liverpool with THE DECEMBERISTS (UK) who quickly made a name for themselves nationally by playing gigs in London, catching the eye of The LOFT's Bill Prince who reviewed them for the NME.

A first release 'James Is' was on the Discreet Campaigns compilation along with the likes of THE COCTEAU TWINS and NEW ORDER. This was followed by a second release 'Gift Horse' on the Ways to Wear coats compilation album. The Decemberists were fortunate enough to support bands such as THAT PETROL EMOTION and JAMES. By the time of a debut single release the band had changed their name to THE HELLFIRE SERMONS and 'Freakstorm' was released and received an encouraging NME review by Bob Stanley.

At the beginning of the 90's Andy joined THE CARETAKER RACE, featuring Andy Strickland of Creation Records legends THE LOFT. A handful of singles and a debut album were all released. 'Hangover Square' entered the indie chart produced by STEPHEN STREET of THE SMITHS/MORRISEY fame. A month long tour of the UK followed supporting THE DARLING BUDS which took the band to almost every city/town in the UK. Shortly afterward there followed a tour of Europe culminating in a support slot with the HOUSE OF LOVE.

The Caretaker Race split in 1992 and Andy formed his own band THE RIVER PEOPLE who released a Single 'The Sun Will Shine' recorded at THE COCTEAU TWINS studio September Sound in 1996. Andy then formed CLOUDBASE with a very unstable line up but managed to release a CD Single 'Angel' in 2001. Cloudbase split in the Summer of 2008.

Since then Andrew has been listening to guitarists such as Davy Graham, Bert Jansch and John Renbourn. "When I discovered alternate tunings and fingerstyle techniques for the first time that was a great day - it opened up guitar playing to another level."

The idea for the album was a simple one - acoustic guitar with no overdubs just like Davy Graham used to do. Plus Beatles songs are so memorable and known the world over!


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Celine Keating

#minor 7th webzine
It's risky business to tackle the Beatles, but Andrew Deevey, who also hails from Liverpool, takes an assured, direct approach in this stripped down, unembellished tribute to 14 of the group's best-loved songs. Over the course of his debut collection, Deevey uses a varied toolkit of acoustic fingerstyle techniques. He leads with a forceful rendition of "Eleanor Rigby," using a nicely contrasting bass line, thorny chords, and punchy melody lines. "Hey Jude" relies on an interplay between melody line and alternating bass line, while "You've Got to Hide Your Love Away," employs a jangly repeated chord for emphasis. All the arrangements are pleasingly complex, although they suffer from a bit of sameness in dynamics and tempo. The regular tempo works well with the peppy "When I'm Sixty Four" and "Norwegian Wood," with its spiky cluster of chords, but for some, like "Michelle," the sturdy meter seems a bit forced and it also robs some of the mystery from "Nowhere Man." Still, Deevey is a talented arranger and impressive player who clearly has deep regard for the Beatles' catalogue, as his gentle "Yesterday," which closes the CD, amply shows.

Nick Churchill

Fatea Music Webzine Review
Having cut his teeth in mid-80s Liverpool bands like The Decemberists and Hellfire Sermons, Andrew Deevey is now a guitar tutor and sessioner of no small repute.

This humble - but nonetheless superbly played - tribute to the songs of a couple of fellow Scousers is refreshingly simple, very direct and packed with charm.

You'll know the songs inside out and Deevey doesn't attempt to so anything clever with them… he just plays the blighters!

Roots music guitar aficionados will be glad to hear echoes of the equally simple and direct playing style of Davy Graham or Bert Jansch, but this doesn't appear to be an exercise in clever referencing or musical trickery - and if it is its true intentions are well masked - instead it's about great songs played well.

And there should always be room for records like that.

Nick Churchill

Andy

Whisperin' and Hollerin' Webzine Review
I have to confess, that this came across as a bit of an oddity, being - in effect - acoustic instrumentals of famous Beatle songs. Andrew Deevey is a noted guitarist and guitar teacher who is based in South West London, and this is his first solo album.

At this point I have to be honest and state that I am not a Beatles fan. I do not, and have never owned any Beatles single, album or CD. However, this lack of knowledge aside, it did not stop me from appreciating the tracks here.

There are fourteen tracks on the album which take in songs recorded throughout The Beatles career, from ‘She Loves You’ through ‘Norwegian Wood’, to ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Hey Jude’. Each of the tracks is played perfectly, and there can be no criticism of the musicianship. Andrew is a brilliant guitarist.

The only point that I can raise is that for the life of me, I can’t see exactly which side of the market this CD is aimed at. Hardcore Beatle fans will have all the originals, and whilst this is a very good album on its own merits, it does not add anything to the originals. Non Beatles fans, like myself, don’t listen to the originals, so probably wouldn’t listen to this out of choice. The only thing I can think of is that budding guitarists could play along to this, and would certainly learn a lot from the style and panache Deevey instils to these tried and trusted songs.

Overall, a good record and well executed, although I feel that the market for this type of release would naturally be quite small.