A famous Gibson Flying V guitar from 1975 (video featurette)
16. August 2019: Something from Nothing CD + DVD available from Amazon
This Gibson Flying V guitar was used on several Nazareth albums, tours and TV specials in the 1970s. It also appears on the Fluffy Jackets' documentary Something from Nothing.
The guitar was previously owned by Manny Charlton and was used on two Nazareth studio albums (Play'N' the Game from 1976 and Expect No Mercy from 1977). He also used it on several TV shows including "Alice Cooper and Friends" (the live music television special recorded at Anaheim in California in 1977) and the BBC Sight and Sound TV show (1977). The latter TV show was subsequently released on DVD under the name From the Beginning (2005) and the Audio CD Live at the Beeb(1998).
More recently Manny Charlton used the guitar on the cover of his solo album Sharp Reloaded from 2005, before Helge used it to record "Hey Porter", a Johnny Cash cover which is available in the new Fluffy Jackets documentary.
It was during the 1976 USA tour that Manny Charlton purchased this Gibson Flying V guitar from a guitar shop in Tucon (Arizona, US) along with a Gallien Kruger amplifier. When Manny got back to the UK, he had it customised by UK luthier John Birch who was well known for customising guitars for clients such as Toni Iommi and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath, Brian May of Queen, Dave Hill and Jim Lea of Slade and Roy Orbison.
John Birch added a Gibson TP-6 fine tuning tailpiece (made by Schaller for Gibson), Schaller machine heads, DiMarzio Super Distortion Humbuckers, a phase switch, a flash-looking metal pick-guard and he also refinished the guitar to a dark sunburst colour.
An in-depth review of this guitar is included on the blues-rock documentary Something from Nothing (2019). The documentary charts the bands history as well as making of the new Fluffy Jackets album with legendary producer Manny Charlton behind the dials.
You can read more aboutt he Gibson Flying V guitar HERE.
The Fluffy Jackets feat. Manny Charlton - Something from Nothing
The nine new tracks on Something from Nothing are “all killer, no filler”, as the saying goes. Five originals and four covers make up this album, showcasing a tribute to Glen Campbell’s “Better Place” (featuring Alison Cooper) and a brand new single “Give me Something”. The accompanying documentary highlights The Fluffy Jackets history along with exclusive interviews, live performances and four new music videos. Something from Nothing is available as a limited-edition Digipack (CD & DVD release) via Cargo Records. The album will also be available on all digital outlets including iTunes, Deezer, Spotify, YouTube, Google Play Music and Amazon.
The track listing is as follows:
Disc 1: The Album (CD):
Disc 2: The Documentary (DVD):
Digital Release with Bonus tracks
The iTunes release include two bonus tracks: a cover of Johnny Cash's "Hey Porter" and a radio edit of "Everything Must Change".
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