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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.

Image caption; Helge Rognstad with the Gibson Flying V guitar previously owned by Manny Charlton of Nazareth. The guitar featurette is part of the "Something from Nothing" CD+DVD digipack. Image courtesy of The Fluffy Jackets.

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.

The history of this Gibson Flying V guitar:
By 1975, Nazareth was riding high in the charts and touring the USA in support their breakthrough album Hair of the Dog. The single from that album "Love Hurts" is still Nazareth's most successful chart success in the USA, reaching No. 8 in the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1976.

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):

  1. The Fluffy Jackets Something From Nothing album coverBetter place (duet with Alison Cooper)
  2. Give me something
  3. Everything must change
  4. John the revelator
  5. Welcome to the shoot-them-up
  6. Tongues wag
  7. Wrong before
  8. Heaven only knows
  9. 44 blues

Disc 2: The Documentary (DVD):

  1. “Something from Nothing” movie trailer
  2. The start of The Fluffy Jackets
  3. Hey Porter (music video)
  4. The first releases: “2007 EP” & “Fighting Demons”
  5. Creating “Something from Nothing” at Madmento Studio, Spain.
  6. Everything must change (music video: Alternate Radio Edit)
  7. Manny’s Dobro used on 'Vicky' & 'Give me Something'
  8. Give me something (music video: Alternate Radio Edit)
  9. The left of the rack: studio equipment
  10. Manny Charlton’s guitars
  11. Manny’s pedal show
  12. Helge’s guitars
  13. Gibson Flying V featurette
  14. Helge’s pedals and amplifiers
  15. Manny Charlton (Nazareth) interview, pt. 1
  16. Manny Charlton (Nazareth) interview, pt. 2
  17. Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Snakecharmer) interview
  18. Manny & ‘The Big 3’ (Les Paul, Stratocaster & Telecaster guitars)
  19. Let’s do it again (outtakes)
  20. Better Place: Credits (music video feat. Alison Cooper)

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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The Fluffy Jackets first appeared on the London scene with a self-titled EP in 2007, but it was not until 2014 that they made a dent in the charts with the debut album «Fighting Demons». Recorded at the legendary Sun Studio by multiple Grammy Award winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang, the outing won the Blues Hour’s «Best Studio Album of the Year» award and also earned the band their first international hit in «Why Don’t You Smile». The slow blues was made particularly memorable for featuring a sizzling guitar solo from Nazareth guitar legend Manny Charlton, backed up by bassist Neil Murray (Whitesnake) and Jerry Lee Lewis‘ drummer Rob Hall (The Killer Band). The band has just completed the anticipated follow-up. Released by Cargo Records UK, “Something from Nothing” will be available as a limited Digipack consisting of a nine track CD album and a two-hour DVD documentary film.


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