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artworkThis is a great release from 1999 with 8 tracks to burn your brain. Not surf, but exceptionally good spaghetti twang and more.
Picks: The Mod Squad, Besame Mucho, Lies, Ring Of Fire, For Your Love, Music To Watch Girls By, Caravan, The End Of The World

Track by Track Review


The Mod Squad dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

My goodness, this is actually the theme to the late sixties TV show. It's a hell of lot better than the original. Sorta spy, kind spaghetti, a bit surf, and very cool. The rhythm is infectious and the tone big. During the break, the soaring lead pans across the aural horizon.

As a total aside, there was a short spot the network ran for the show that just featured the three main characters Pete, Linc and Julie played by Michael Cole, Clarence Williams III and Peggy Lipton running in a warehouse to the sound of "Oz Lee Eaves Drops" by The Other Half, a post Fender IV band of Randy Holden. The Other Half actually appear in the episode in a go-go club playing "Oz Lee Eaves Drops" and "Bad Day" from their 1968 album.

Besame Mucho dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

This is a shimmering arrangement of Consuelo Velasquez's "Besame Mucho" that's lovely and romantic, while still being rock'n'roll twangy. Perhaps one of the best half-dozen version, this features great whammy and drums. Pure pleasure.

Lies dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

This is a fittingly thick and raucous version of The Knickerbockers' "Lies," with great drums, intense guitar, and real edge. IN many ways, it mimics the original's intensity, but it also has Texas swagger.

Ring Of Fire dotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Moving deliberately, Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" is a real sensual song in this whammified format. Big guitars, serious twang, and a lot of compelling stomp ethic. It's funny but one thinks only of the bridge to the song, so it takes a verse or two to recognize it.

For Your Love dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Graham Gould's powerful power pop epic "For Your Love," originally charted by The Yardbirds, is done with long sustain and intense effects that bridge the spaghetti and the British Invasion. Ringing with twang and brilliance.

Music To Watch Girls By dotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

The light weight pop of The Bob Crewe Generation's hit is done with a grin and flair. Great drums, playful guitar, and near-pop suave.

Caravan dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Great drums and bass, suave guitar meandering the panorama, and sensual tribal ambiance make this cover of Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington's grand "Caravan" a superb track. There are elements of The Ventures arrangement, but mostly this is original thinking spiced with wonderful whammy and tremolo. Very cool indeed!

The End Of The World dotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Slowly moving through Skeeter Davis' "The End Of The World" with echoed snare and light guitar provide a last dance kind of romantic sound. melodic and easy to take.