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Musical suicide is what it would have been," he continued. "My career would have been in shreds. " Beck went on a blues-metal binge in 1989 with Guitar Shop, "the work of a player who has integrated technique, emotion, spontaneity, and attitude so completely that you can't begin to separate them," wrote Joe Gore in Guitar Player. " The tour to support the record was his first North American venture in almost 10 years and included band members Terry Bozzio and Tony Hymas only. The fact that Beck was going to be playing live was enough to make any guitar nut drool.

While writing for Billboard magazine Buffett performed on the side, eventually obtaining a recording contract with Barnaby Records. His Down to Earth, a country-oriented album, appeared in 1972 and sold poorly; in another bad break, Barnaby Records misplaced the master tape to his second album before its release. Discouraged—and stricken by the familiar wanderlust—Buffett moved to Los Angeles to pursue other music opportunities, but succumbed to life in the fast lane once again. He finally settled near Key West, Florida, living for a time aboard his ketch, island-hopping and smuggling marijuanato support himself.

So I started playing like him. " Beck had combined jazz, rock, funk and even classical themes to create a masterpiece. " Blow by Blow "was a major change in my life," Beck told Guitar Player, "but that was an accident. The album was sort of put together naturally. " He may not have topped B/ow by Blow, but he came very close to equaling it with Wired in 1976. S. market. Songs like "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat," "Led Boots," "Sophie," and "Blue Wind" were similar to those of Blow by Blow, due in part to the same producer, George Martin (knob fiddler for the Beatles), but with a slightly funkier edge.

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