English Classic Rock Guitarist & Vintage® Guitar Designer Paul Brett Releases ‘Stone Survivor’ Anthology on Cherry Red Records.
Stone Survivor is the very first anthology of Paul Brett’s multi-faceted musical output across the last half century or so.
Released through Cherry Red Records, this superb 4 CD package features 92 tracks, complete with a colourful, detailed booklet, highlighting Paul Brett’s incredible career within the music business.
Included are rare tracks from the dawn of his career with budding beat/mod/psych bands The SW4, The Union and Tintern Abbey, as well as the historic debut 45 by The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown from 1967.
Key tracks from a subsequent purple patch for Paul Brett’s Sage are also included, plus three rarities unissued at the time, followed by highlights from his multi-album tenures with the labels Bradley’s and RCA.
Paul Brett spent most of the Sixties and Seventies as one of rock’s quintessential journeymen, a hired gun for the great and the good, one of the session guitarists of choice, as well as following that familiar trajectory from the Beat Boom onwards.
He played in a host of Beat, Mod, R&B, Psychedelic and Progressive outfits before finally creating his own band Paul Brett’s Sage in 1970, resulting in three albums for Pye/Dawn.
In 1974, Paul Brett discovered the delights of acoustic 12-string guitar and has spent the rest of his musical career, proselytising the delights of the instrument via his many albums.
Initially, he released two self-funded albums before signing to RCA for four albums. Paul also recorded a TV-advertised album for K-Tel, Romantic Guitar.
After taking time out in the 1980s, Paul returned to making music in the 1990s and has worked prolifically ever since, issuing a string of albums and EPs on his own label, the most recent of which was The Raven in 2020. Paul himself has contributed sleeve-notes to this long-overdue compilation.
Sandwiched between them are selections from two self-released mid-70s albums, when Paul switched to the 12-string guitar. Later choices are drawn from Paul’s many self-released solo albums from the nineties and noughties, always centred around his guitar prowess.
Today, Paul Brett is regarded as one of the world’s finest blues historians, he’s also channeled his incredible knowledge of early acoustic and electric guitars, to design his own highly successful 6/12 string acoustic, electro-acoustic and acoustic basses under the Vintage® guitar brand.
CD 4 from Stone Survivor includes a host of tracks recorded with a variety of Paul Brett’s guitars, highlighting his exquisite fingerpicking technique. These include the Paul Brett 6 string Vintage acoustic on ‘Gin House’, the Vintage 12 string Viator on ‘Do Not Go Gentle Into That Goodnight’, whilst ‘Pit and the Pendulum’ features the Vintage Raven 6 string.