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Blue Guitars

by Stephen Bishop

This album was produced by Andrew Gold. It features guest artists Michael McDonald, David Crosby, Carnie and Wendy Wilson and Pia Zadora. A wide variety of styles and unique types of songs. It's singer Rumer's, favorite album.
Genre: Pop: California Pop
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1. I Go Numb
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2. Dive into the Pool of Love
4:15 $0.99
3. On Blonde Street
5:02 $0.99
4. When You Love Somebody
4:33 $0.99
5. (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet
3:24 $0.99
6. Wall Around Your Heart
5:44 $0.99
7. The King of Tonga
3:59 $0.99
8. Picasso Played a Blue Guitar
4:34 $0.99
9. Italian Rain
4:30 $0.99
10. Let Your Heart Remember
4:19 $0.99
11. When Love Was Grand
3:38 $0.99
12. Separate Lives
4:25 $0.99
13. R's Theme
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Album Notes
Stephen Bishop is a world-class guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter with a celebrated career of over four decades of live performance, song craftsmanship, recording, and entertainment. A San Diego native, Stephen Bishop’s introduction to the music industry was after seeing the Beatles perform on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” at 13 years old. Shortly after seeing their performance, his brother Denny bought him an electric guitar. He began creating his own unique chords, melodies and writing original songs. The first song he ever wrote was called, “Surf’s Turf,” an instrumental. Less than a year after picking up the guitar, Stephen formed a band called, “The Weeds.” Soon after, they began performing at local venues, playing a mixture of original songs and popular hits on the radio at the time. As a band, the Weeds placed second at the Claremont Battle of the Bands in 1966.

After the Weeds disbanded, Stephen ventured to Los Angeles in the hopes of landing a songwriting contract. Stephen walked the streets of LA in the early 1970’s with nothing more than a $12 guitar. He began playing songs for different publishers in the area and landed a deal with Edwin H. Morris Publishing in Hollywood. Stephen was paid $50 per week. During his first few years at the publishing company, only one of his songs was recorded. At one point, Stephen considered leaving Los Angeles to work for his father's insurance company in San Diego. However, his friend Leah Kunkel connected him with Art Garfunkel. Art recorded two of Stephen's songs on his album, “Breakaway.”

Shortly thereafter, Stephen was signed to ABC Records. He released his first album, “Careless,” which had two popular hits, “On and On,” and “Save It For a Rainy Day.” It became gold certified, as well as his second album, “Bish.” Stephen Bishop has released 17 albums and has played his songs personally for Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Bette Midler, Melissa Manchester, and Katy Perry. His newest album, "Blueprint" was released in 2016. In Eric Clapton's autobiography, he mentions Stephen Bishop as one of his favorite songwriters.



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Larry Gentry

Not Your Father's Singer/Songwriter
Like everyone in the 70's, I first became aware of Stephen Bishop because of the song "On and On" which, even to this day, seems to creep up everywhere you turn. Although I'm a big fan of the singer/songwriter genre' (I'm one myself), Stephen is different from the rest. Not only does he write beautiful melodies, his lyrics are always very joyful, romantic (borderline horny), and hopeful for the most part. This is something the typical singer/songwriter is not typically known for. A beautiful man (yes, I'm gay) with a beautiful soul, a beautiful gift, and not a typical career. The gods must be smiling upon him. I bought this CD when I first moved to California in 1996 and it was my first friend here. I give it four stars because I reserve five stars for his album "Red Cab to Manhattan" which I can't find on CD.

R. Payatt

The old boy ain't lost it!
Bish is back in the saddle with his usual mix of the romantic and the wacky. Not a let down at all. Keep it coming, dude.

Thomas Lehn

I tried in vain to get hold of this cd, CD Baby made it possible for me to have it in my hands and listen to it. Thank you. I hope that his early recordings which I am proud to possess as lp's, will get a cd release through CD Baby.


I absolutely love this CD!!! Awesome!
I don't know how I could have possibly missed purchasing Blue Guitars 10 years ago, but I did. And thanks to CD Baby I was still able to purchase it and at a reasonable price. I absolutely love it and can't stop listening to it!!! Besides Careless and Bish this is my favorite Stephen Bishop CD. Thank you!!!

Jim of O.C. Calif...

Another great gathering of great songs,just excellent..Jimbo..
You know its hard to pin point the heart felt songs Stephen has given us. They all stand on their own.Heart piercing words and melodies that I find myself singing throught the day, every day.I'm having to buy another copy for my wife to be..She feels the same,Outstaning !!!
I am a big fan of Michael McDonalds' and just loved the piece they did together..Thanks Stephen for sharing your gift with us..I'll be seeing you at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts in 2005.
I hope San Diego is being kind to you....Jim..

Eugene Rogers

Good music still thrives!
In these days of manufactured artists and music, it is a joy to know that there are still artists out there that do make music as it should be made - crafted and heartfelt.

Looking forward to listening to his latest release.

Frank Lahey - Record Production Weekly #23

One Of The Best Of Stephens Career!
I first heard this version as an export from Japan, and later he put out a slightly different version, though it wasn't quite as good as the original. If you try and get the now hard to find Japanese version, you won't be let down. Produced by Singer Songwriter Producer Player, Engineer Andrew Gold, this album is just about my favorite record of that year (I think 1996). The production and imagination highlights Stephen's songs and voice in such a way that only another great and undersung hero of the 70's, Mr. Gold, could. It is nothing short of magnificent, musically and lyrically,, and is one of the great "unheard" masterpieces of recent memory, up there with the late great Kevin Gilbert, and some of Andrew gold's own recent great works. This is the kind of record that makes one mad at today's music scene with it's monotonous talking and lame writing. This is the CRAFT at it's finest, and is right up there with my favorite of Mr. Bishop's albums, "Careless" . Has to be the full 5 stars from me. The only other artists doing such great work THESE days would be Imogene Heap, Andrew Gold, as mentioned, and Bjork. Don't let his 70's soggy soft pop rep put you off - this is beautiful album making, and my only misgiving is how few have heard this or Mr. Gold's post 70's work. They are both great and deserve a world that appreciates them more than it does. Keep it goin, Bish, indeed. Having heard a recent new and further collaboration between these two (Fiddlers Green - Fear Of Massage) it is confirmed. We are in the presence of the real thing here, not heard for way too long. Man, if I was ruler of the universe....these guys would be considered right up with Brian Wilson, and John and Paul, talent wise. Buy the record. Just do it. It's worth the price if only for the haunting "Picasso Played A Blue Guitar", the achingly tragic "Italian Rain", and the stunning "I Go Numb".

F. Lahey. R.P. Weekly (issue #23, July 06)