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Acoustic Alchemy

During the late '80s and '90s, Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael produced a series of mellow albums classified as adult contemporary music, though the guitarists encompass the range of jazz and new age as well. Both grew up in England during the '60s listening to pop/rock, though Webb studied jazz guitar at Leeds College of Music while Carmichael focused on classical guitar at the London College of Music. Originally formed by Webb and Simon James, Acoustic Alchemy later became Webb and Carmichael; the duo initially worked for Virgin Airlines, providing in-flight music on trans-Atlantic trips. Signed to MCA in the mid-'80s, Acoustic Alchemy released its debut album, Red Dust & Spanish Lace, in 1987.

After two subsequent releases, the duo signed with GRP in 1990. Their second GRP album, Reference Point, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Positive Thinking followed in 1998 in the wake of Webb's February 6 cancer-related death; their jazz content was quite small, but Acoustic Alchemy's albums consistently charted number one on the adult contemporary charts. By 2000, Carmichael unveiled a revamped Acoustic Alchemy that included longtime sidemen like bassist Frank Felix, guitarists John Parsons and Miles Gilderdale, and keyboardist Terry Disley, as well as new members such as keyboardist Tony White. That year's The Beautiful Game was the new lineup's first release. AArt followed in 2001 and proved to be the group's biggest splash, landing them another Grammy nomination that year.

Empowered by that success, the band continued to tour and, when they had time, record. The resulting two albums, 2003's Radio Contact and 2005's American/English (still on Higher Octave), further solidified the new lineup and ushered in the release of the concert/documentary DVD Best Kept Secret in 2006. 2007 found Acoustic Alchemy collaborating with Higher Octave labelmates Down to the Bone for the album This Way. In 2011, Acoustic Alchemy marked the band's 30th anniversary with the release of the album Roseland. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Roseland

1. Marrakesh

2. One For Shorty

3. Templemeads

4. Marcus

5. The Ebor Sound System

6. State Of The Ark

7. Swamp Top

8. Sand On Her Toes

9. Roseland

10. World Stage

11. Stealing Hearts

12. Right Place, Wrong Time

13. A Kinder Loving

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Track List: This Way

1. Love Is All There Is

2. Ernie

3. Who Knows

4. Slampop

5. Out Of Nowhere

6. This Way

7. Tied Up With String

8. Only In My Dreams

9. Carlos The King

10. Egg

11. Now I'm On My Way

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Track List: American/English

1. The Crossing

2. Say Yeah

3. So Kylie

4. Trinity

5. The Detroit Shuffle

6. Cherry Hill

7. She Speaks American English

8. Lilac Lane

9. The 14 Carrot Café

10. Get Up (Levantar y Bailar)

11. The Moon and The Sun

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Track List: Radio Contact

1. No Messin'

2. Milo

3. Shelter Island Drive

4. Urban Cowboy

5. El Camino Del Corazon

6. Little Laughter

7. Tinderbox

8. What Comes Around

9. Coffee With Manni

10. Shoestring

11. Turn The Stars On

12. Ya Tebya Lubliu

13. Venus Morena

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Track List: AArt

1. Wish You Were Near

2. Aart Attack

3. Flamoco Loco

4. Tuff Puzzle

5. Passion Play

6. Senjo Wine

7. Viva Che

8. The Velvet Swing

9. Robbie's Revenge

10. Love At A Distance

11. Code Name Pandora

12. Nathan Road

13. Cactus Blue

14. The Wind Of Change

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Track List: Positive Thinking ...

1. Passionelle

2. Rainwatching W. I.

3. Cadaques

4. The Five Card Trick

5. Positive Thinking

6. The Better Shoes

7. Vapour Trails

8. Augustrasse 18

9. Time Gentlemen Please

10. Limited Excess

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Track List: Arcanum

1. Columbia

2. Homecoming

3. Chance Meeting

4. Lazeez

5. Mr. Chow

6. Same Road Same Reason

7. Casino

8. Something She Said

9. Jamaica Heartbeat

10. Catalina Kiss

11. Reference Point

12. Hearts In Chains

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Track List: Marrakesh (Single)

2. Marrakesh

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After a hard day, it is always my favorite soul soothing kind of relaxing go to guitar music...good for the soul.
Sonny Capello
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November 2016 - Just saw them at the MIM in Phoenix. Great show!
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Saw them at the Denver Zoo back in the 90s. Hooked forever!
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I like these guys!!!!
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wm62279
My all time favorite band., so smooth, I miss them .
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oh my, I used to hear that song back in the 80's...never get old..
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oalero00
Nice..never heard of them...but I thought I was on an island by the beach...Love l y sound!!!
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soujrnr
I absolutely LOVE Acoustic Alchemy!! I have been listening to them for many, many years and I NEVER tire of their music!!
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Back on top... smooth and engaging... suave...
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Superb. Fresh. Smooth & relaxing music.
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one of the best for Miles!
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Love the feel of this song...
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I loved these guys back in the day, and this song. It's too bad that this band is only a shell of it's former self since the death of Nick Webb. Sad to say. :( IMO
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I first saw Greg and Nick in the mid 70's on a PBN broadcast. I was a fan from that moment. I spoke to their manager in 2014 at a show, and he confirmed that broadcast and was amazed that I remembered it.
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They are my "go to" favorite!
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Took my to see them perform at thr Soiled Dove a couple of years ago. Was not disappointed
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Enjoyed them 'live' as well & got a signed copy...alway s a fav!
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My first time seeing them perform was at this years Seabreeze Jazz Festival at PCB they were awesome I hope they return for next years Festival.... . .
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marksil67
Just saw them last weekend at Jazz Alley in Seattle. So good!
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Always loved these guys
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One of the best tracts in the history of SJ. Nick Webb. RIP
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Wonderful
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Loved this band since the late 80's. On the day Nick Webb died, the smooth jazz radio station in Cleveland played their song Silent Partner in honor of Webb. I cried. Jazz fan
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I saw them and got their autograph on an album. awesome band
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frandigoart
This group is awesome!! Great music!!!!! Great Sound!!
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This is one of my favorite cuts on the cd but love their music
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soujrnr
Stumbled across their music years ago by accident and fell in love immediately! ! I love their sound!!!
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Against the Grain and Back on the Csse -- two amazing early albums
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Huge void w/out Nick.
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Masters of their Craft, from Day One!!
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Dance music, great guitarist playing, tight group
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Love them.
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I discovered Nick and Greg in '88 and they became my new Beatles. Saw them in concert only once at the Fine Line in Mpls. Nick's death hit me hard, but I continue to follow them.
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these guys are smellow
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sesteaga
Very nice and soothing. Great mixture of Spanish & Jazz.
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smoooooth. best group of the jazz section
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One of the best live performances I have ever seen. Such skill and flow, the whole band kills it. I was mindblown
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If you've never seen them in concert, GO! They play for three hours straight, with their heart and soul. Always several encores. Exceptional experience every time.
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One of the greatest & most important acoustic guitar duos in contemporary jazz! Simply love to listen to them play. :)
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Love acoustic alchemy for 22 years now. I have seem play live 3 times. The thing is I accidentally grabbed a tape they had in 1992 and have been one of there biggest fans since.
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Love Acoustic Alchemy.
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Com in forth ,from my heart , given love hope in it don't ever stop
take as it is , but don't forget , it seems to cost a lot ,
EVEN with , this life in shambels and my broken heart
Still given love , in a song , come on,
N sing along ,
Given it love from my broken heart
Given her love from a broken heart
Given her love she broke my already broken heart
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perkins8923
lovely
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aj5954
The Cosmic Ocean never offered smoother sailing!!!
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jjrice.2010
So relaxing.... . . . . . . (!)
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Sure ur right, no messin...;-)
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Say Yeah - dudes - awesome!
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Love the rifts of the guitar Easy to make love to my woman
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