Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Os Alquimistas - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkMore or less inspired by the Shadows and the Ventures, but like neither. It's seldom that a Shadows inspired band doesn't just sound like a clone. Alquimistas play their music with a rock combo feel and edge. It's quite refreshing.
Picks: No Trespassing, Take It Off, Driving Guitars, Cry For A Shadow, Shindig, The Savage, Dick Tracy, Yellow Jacket, Sleep Walk, Bulldog, Run Chicken Run, Rawhide, Atlantis, Secret Agent Man, Wipe Out

Track by Track Review

No Trespassing dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a traditional arrangement of the Ventures' "No Trespassing," right down to the dry guitar. Tight rock instro with a beat and solid rhythm.

Take It Off dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's early riff rocker "Take It Off" is simply done with respect, and without reverb. It's funny how well this works in a generally non-surf envelope. Nice track.

Driving Guitars dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very respectful arrangement of the Ventures' "Driving Guitars." It's fairly light weight, yet is quite appealing. Solid drums and tight string work all around.

Cry For A Shadow dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

the only Beatles instro is done in a not quite straight fashion, with some nice touches on guitar tone wise that set it apart from the otherwise all-the-same pack.

Shindig dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A "Jailhouse Rock" intro opens this basic rock interpretation of the Shadows' "Shindig." With less shine from Hank Marvin, the song takes on a more rock sound, and as such is quite effective.

The Savage dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This may be one of the nicest covers of the Shadows' catchy song "The Savage." Very nice playing, simple but very effective arranging, great drums, and a warm dry tone. Without the echo delay, the song is much more rhythmic and almost countrified. Excellent!

Dick Tracy dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

I don't know why, but this Ventures song gets covered a lot by South American bands. This is a splendid basic cover. Rhythmic and spy-like, with light weight danger and a grin. Simply pleasurable.

Yellow Jacket dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Ventures' happy go lucky "Yellow Jacket" is nicely covered, with a basic rock combo sound and a bit of flair. Very tasteful.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Sleep Walk" slowly rises from a distant mist. It's tastefully done, with pretty chords and tone. Romantic and smooth.

Bulldog dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a slightly gritty version of the Fireballs' classic "Bulldog" - gritty, but delicate. The guitar work is quite nice. Overall, the sound of the band is a nice compliment to George Tomsco's writing.

Run Chicken Run dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Link Wray's silliest song, and maybe fourth most covered, is pumped out with pure fun. The bass is smooth and powerful, and the glissandoes add a bit of soif to the poultry strut. Way fun!

Rawhide dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Another Link Wray signature song, "Rawhide" is pumped up and rockin'! It's basic, with lots of energy and grit. A little tense, but not intense.

Atlantis dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very delicate cover of the Shadows' very pretty "Atlantis." It's very close in intent and style to the original, with delayed guitar and a soft sound. Even the strings are cool.

Secret Agent Man dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a solid and basic rock instro version of the TV theme. Nothing bout of the ordinary, yet it's quite good. Phil Sloane's retirement must be well funded with royalties from "Secret Agent Man" alone.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a pretty pedestrian arrangement of the Surfaris' "Wipe Out." Virtually all covers pale in comparison to the original. The drums don't mimic Ron Wilson's, but rather are reinvented, keeping it from comparisons.