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The Bandits - The Electric 12dotdotdot
artworkThis is not at all surf, but it is an instrumental album from January of 1964 that features Glen Campbell on twelve string backed by the likes of Hal Blaine, David Gates, Jerry Kolbrak, Larry Knectel and others during Campbell's short and early association with World Pacific. Some never-minds here, but also some very nice tracks, and the production is very honest rock'n'roll of the day.
Picks: I Feel Fine, Bandito, Baby What You Want Me To Do, Memphis, Only The Young, Cathy's Clown, White Silver Sand

Track by Track Review

I Feel Fine dotdotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

This is a mighty thin sounding cover of The Beatles' "I Feel Fine." It's the guitar tone that's the thinnest, though it's folkrock twelve stringy with slight tremolo. The drummer rocks. Relatively rockin', it stands up to listening better than you might think.

Downtown dotdotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

Petula Clark's "Downtown" is gently laid down with tremolo twelve string and easy backing. It sorta rocks, sound pretty credible, but doesn't really command. There are some tasty piano lines.

Bandito dotdotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

Very gritty fuzz second guitar offsets the lead in the opener. The rhythm track is liberated from Bo Diddley. It's more jam and Diddley derivative than it is memorable. Its rhythmic jive and the cool piano midstream make it worth a spin.

And I Love Her dotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

The Beatles' "And I Love Her" gets a fluffy treatment, but then the song is fluffy, isn't it. Nothing going on here, aside from being a tasteful cover.

Baby What You Want Me To Do dotdotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

Echoed blues with twelve string, which is in itself interesting because Jimmy Reed's instrumental album Blues For Twelve Strings sports a much groovier version of "Baby What You Want Me To Do." OK, that said, this is actually quite serviceable. Dropped into a sixties blues rock set, you'd think this was a real band and not even blink.

The Girl From Ipanema dotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

This is really dismissible. It's well played and all - just not memorable. At its core, this is pretty loungy. Where's the waitress with my mai tai?

Memphis dotdotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

While this is a very pedestrian arrangement of Chuck Berry's "Memphis," the way it's captured is pretty credible. The vintage song is updated to the dawn of folkrock, from 1957 to 1964. OK, I like it.

Where Did Our Love Go dotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

The Supremes' "Where Did Our Love Go" is down without much chemistry. precision alone does not carry this off.

Only The Young dotdotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

Jimmy Seals's "Only The Young," cut originally by The Champs, who included Seal, was frequently covered by the surfbands live. It was also cut with lyrics added by Rick Nelson. This is a very tasteful rendering with credible playing and basic rock'n'roll round. Quite nice.

You Won't Have To Cry dotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

"You Won't Have To Cry" is little more than pleasant. Not that it's not done with skill and accuracy, but it just doesn't have any chemistry that draws you in.

Cathy's Clown dotdotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

This is a really nice choice, and it's also nicely arranged. The Everly Brothers' "Cathy's Clown" is very nicely captured and played, and it connects with you. It's not really anything special per say, but it's very enjoyable and credible.

White Silver Sand dotdotdot
Folkrock (Instrumental)

This pop song from 1957, originally charting by Don Rondo. This is significantly upbeat from that origin, and is rhythmic and quite spunky. It works a whole lot better than you might think.