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Friday, 15 October 2021

Shine Eyed Mister Zen


 2021 Charity Shop Purchases 65 - Kelly Joe Phelps -Shine Eyed Mister Zen

In May when we spent a couple of nights in Grantown on Spey we visited the Kingussie Community Shop for the first time. I came away with a few CDs including two by Blues guitarist Kelly Joe Phelps. A couple of weeks ago we visited  it for the second time I came away with another Kelly Joe Phelps album!
I strongly suspect that I missed it first time round and that it was sitting on the shelves waiting for me to return.

This time round it his third album Shine Eyed Mister Zen from 1999 and as with the others I have on the Rkyodisc label. The title relates to KJP's description of his playing and all the tracks were recorded at his house in single takes.

Bill Frater of Freight Train Boogie wrote this is peerless music that one hears with one's soul as much as with one's ears.
It looks as though there are at least 8 more albums out there so I will keep my eyes peeled on my next visit to Kingussie.


  1. And there was me thinking 'Shine Eyed Mister Zen' was the title of your new autobiography

  2. Like how you have exhausted all the charity shops in Scotland and are now going back for seconds, picking up things you perhaps missed last time.

    Wonder if a time will come when all the vinyl and CDs will eventually have made their way there, and there will be nothing left to donate? I suspect it could take another decade or two for that to happen so think CC Music will be around for a while yet.

    1. Hopefully - but I am noticing that there are much less CDs out there thanks to Spotify, etc