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Eduardo Bartrina - Cleaning Updotdotdot
artworkLos Jets' Eduardo Bartrina has assemble a collection of vintage rocker and pop numbers in a cohesive and very listenable package. Cleaning Up is more than it suggests, with clean modern sound and production values lending a sense of now to very reverently done covers, sounding in many ways like the Nashville music machine's output of the period. Great for a lazy afternoon!
Picks: Wake Up Little Susie, Venus, Come Go With Me, Don't Be Cruel, Lucille, Sleep Walk, Autumn Rain, L'Americano

Track by Track Review

Wake Up Little Susie dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an infectious country flavored rendering of The Everly Brothers' hit. The guitars are liquid smooth and friendly, and the sound is very soothing. very strong playing.

Venus dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Frankie Avalon's pubescent love song sounds much more mature and sensible in Eduardo Bartrina's hands. A tasteful rhythm track and lovely guitar and keyboard lines. Quite pleasant.

Come Go With Me dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Del-Vikings' splendid doo-wop song is gentle and warm. Piano and guitar lay down an easy cover of this classic track. Very easy going, like a spring afternoon.

Don't Be Cruel dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Eduardo Bartrina is having some kinda fun playing Elvis Presley's hit. The guitar work harkens back to Nashville rock of the period, as does the plinky piano. This is very nice.

A Summer Place dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is just plain pretty... delicate piano and easy fifties chords, with round, soft lead guitar. Very well played.

All I Have To Do Is Dream dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Everly Brothers' "All I Have To Do Is Dream" is done in a gentle arrangement with easy keys and a lazy gate. Arranged very much like Summer Place, this track is perhaps more engaging.

Lucille dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Rockin' with very cool piano, Eduardo Bartrina is having a good time with Little Richard's "Lucille." The beat is infectious, while the sound remains soft.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk" has an airy feeling about it here, with long delay on the guitar simulating the effect of the steel on the original, but the sound is not at all like it. Most version not played on the steel miss the point of the song, but Eduardo Bartrina really captures the moment.

Autumn Rain dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Soothing and cool-rain gentle, "Autumn Rain" is a very pleasurable song to listen to. Very easy on the soul.

All Shook Up dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

gently rockin', Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" gets a soft makeover. The contrast between the rhythm and beat, and the gentle delivery is actually pretty interesting.

Just A Break dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Just A Break" is playful and bouncy in a gentle vein. It bares a gentle grin as it meanders across a summer afternoon. Very nice.

L'Americano dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Gently dribbling double picked guitar, almost mandolin like, provides an intro to what becomes a bouncy number with a superb piano break. catchy and fun.