Mike Keneally

Wine and Pickles

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This 2008 release of odds-and-sods recordings shows off former Zappa guitarist Mike Keneally's flawless technique, playful songwriting style, and rich vocals. The transcendent "The Endings of Things" plays like an electricified Robbie Basho, while the proudly proggy "Backwards Deb"--an alternate, more sparse version than the one on Beer for Dolphins' 2000 recording--suggests what Genesis might sound like now had they stayed true to their original course. Scattered throughout the 20+ tracks are brief, moody instrumentals originally written for Court TV.

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