70s

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1971 Traynor YBA-1 arrives at Thermionic Studios

It's been a while since we've posted here. Unfortunately, the sad truth of the matter is that we've gotten involved in a community radio project. The hope of which is to give ourselves a radio presence locally here in Long Beach, California, and also with the audio stream that will be flowing online from the station. Unfortunately, there's been some legal developments, which naturally are taking our time instead of working on actually building new content and building the business here for Thermionic Studios.

Thermionic Studios taking receipt of 1971 Traynor YBA-1 Image 1
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History of the ProCo Rat

Everybody seems to know about the KitRae Big Muff Pi Page, which, admittedly, is probably the most authoritative page on the internet about the history of the Electro Harmonix Big Muff distortion pedal .

It includes all the different versions, and each of the permutations of parts within each version.

What we didn't think there was an equivalent for, as the title of this article makes clear, was the same kind of page exulting the ProCo Rat... But there is!

1984 Whiteface ProCo Rat Pedal
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Planet Caravan Reworked / Stairway to Heaven on the Gayageum

Here at Thermionic, we're not always open to new interpretations of heavy songs, however, the past two days have been interesting. Yesterday, driving back from Santa Monica I was listening to KCRW. DJ Raul Campos played a tastefully remixed version of Black Sabbath's Planet Caravan.

Black Sabbath Planet Caravan Poolside Luna Lee Stairway to Heaven
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Liner Notes We Love: Thin Lizzy, Jailbreak

One of the great things about buying an album used to be the collateral that came with the album. It wasn't just the music. It was the other things that came with the music in the physical album. There was always a sleeve that came with the physical media (the vinyl record, the cassette, or the CD) that you purchased the music on. The least imaginative record labels used the sleeve to hawk their other bands.

Jailbreak Album Cover Thin Lizzy Liner Notes 1976
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Extensive Fender Rhodes Electric Piano Review

So there's a group of Fender Rhodes aficionados who post by the name of "Audiotech VR" on Youtube. The video that they've posted is well over an hour long. The video describes the Rhodes Electric Piano, its pieces and its function, and a bit of history as to when it first started being built. They describe the Rhodes in its heyday and put theirs through a number of different songs and artists. They then also go through and put the Rhodes through several effects for a really cool viewing experience.

Audiotech VR demonstrates Fender Rhodes in depth 30JUL2015
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Black Sabbath: Released 45 Years Ago Today

Forty-five years ago today, Black Sabbath released their first album to the world. The band was even so generous as to upload a video of their performance live at L'Olympia Bruno Coquatrix in Paris performing songs from the first album and Paranoid on 20 December 1970:

We've all watched this a few times at various places on YouTube. It's awesome to see a Black Sabbath-sanctioned version!

Black Sabbath's First Album, 1969
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Gar Gillies and Garnet Amps: The Herzog

Garnet Amplification is a company that we doubt most people have heard of, but Garnet amps have DEFINITELY made music that most people (at least in our western culture) have heard. Fender and Marshall are the big names in electric amplification. Of course, there are other names you're probably familiar with: Ampeg, Peavey, Line 6, Randall, Crate, Ampeg, Roland, etc... The reasons you haven't heard of Garnet Amps are numerous:

Gar Gillies' and Randy Bachman's Herzog Distortion Effect

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