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artworkThese tracks were culled from The Big Guns MySpace page. Some are live, some not. All very cool!
Picks: Move It, The Love Scene, These Boots Were Made For Walkin', Besame Mucho, The Mod Squad, GBU (The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly), Drivin' Guitars

Track by Track Review


Move It dotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

"Move It" is a basic twangster riff rock thing in the primal mode that Los Straitjackets exploit so well, but more Texas big guitar-ish.

The Love Scene dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Tremolo and wah wah shimmer sultry lines before a lovely island drizzle comes in. "The Love Scene" is very pretty in a liquidy sorta way. The swirling second guitar says romantic silly, while the beautifully written melody says love me back.

These Boots Were Made For Walkin' dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood's touching epic "These Boots Were Made For Walking" is all twanged out and pumped up, but it retains the wry smile of the Nancy Sinatra hit. Very nicely done.

Besame Mucho dotdotdotdot
Surf (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.

The Mod Squad dotdotdotdot
Surf (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.

GBU (The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly) dotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

"The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly" is one of those songs that invites great arranging. The opening is all tremoloed, and then the warbled notes come along and you know exactly what you're hearing. While fairly straight forward, this is a very good cover worth seeking out.

Drivin' Guitars dotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

This is a solid and fluid performance of The Ventures' "Driving Guitars." Some really good guitar work, along with edge and spunk.