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The Big Guns - Revenge Of The Big Gunsdotdotdotdotdot
artworkBoy oh boy! This is a really cool release. If you like The Reventlos, seventies German prog, Enio Morrecone, or obscure psychedelic magicians like Indian Puddin' & Pipe, you'll likely find this to be well worth your nickel. Exceptional musicianship, very well developed arrangements, and a lot of attention to detail, along with genuine rock'n'roll emotion. This is a great release!
Picks: Move It, The Love Scene, These Boots Were Made For Walkin', Gringo Will Never Return, Nightstalker, Hang 'Em High, Tormente, A Reward For The Stranger, Pistol Packin' Preacher, Revenge Of The Big Guns, Shadow Of The Man, The Chase Scene, The Party Scene, See Me Thru, The End Titles

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.

Gringo Will Never Return dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

This is a grand spaghetti western with a moody melody and easy gate. The rich bass gives it a more romantic feel, while the twang places it squarely in the Rio Grande. Lovely, moving, and richly textured. "Gringo Will Never Return" is a pure pleasure.

Nightstalker dotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

"Nightstalker" is an easy moving riff rocker with pleasant melody line and a simplistic sound. very minimalistic, yet tasteful in a grinning kind of way. The nasty sax on the left is kinda cool, or is that squeaky thing a fuzz guitar?

Hang 'Em High dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

"Hang 'Em High" is done with a very original sound and arrangement. The percussion is sorta galloping, sorta exotic. The guitars are fuzzy in the Indian Puddin' and Pipe way. Very cool! This is one of those wonderful Enio Morricone spaghetti western classics that just doesn't seem to produce bad covers.

Tormente dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Round lead guitar tone and angular rhythm tone create an interesting tension. "Tormente" is a traveling kind of song with an engaging melody line and sound. It's well arranged and warm, but also rock edged and compelling. I like this more as I listen more.

A Reward For The Stranger dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Bells and genuine spaghetti western imagery played at a moderate pace with very good guitar tone. The second guitar is delicate and lovely, and the percussion and bell superb. Excellent!

Pistol Packin' Preacher dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Delicate guitar brings on a smooth number with fiddle accompaniment and "ugs" inspired by Enio Morrecone. The song goes through a number of changes, yet always seems very fluid. There's drama and serious pasta art here.

Revenge Of The Big Guns dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

"Revenge Of The Big Guns" is on the gutty side of the aisle, with interesting drums harkening to the mechanical darkness of Thomas Leer & Robert Rental, while the guitars are modern and slithery, with slide and great edge. This song starts out deceptively repetitious, but in the end, it's anything but.

Shadow Of The Man dotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Moody bass and echoed snare run beneath very cool dissonant jazzy spy guitar. There's an undulating quality to "Shadow Of The Man" that's kinda cool.

The Chase Scene dotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

A Pink Panther-ish guitar run and whammified chords give "The Chase Scene" a sort of slithery feel, and when the tremolo guitar comes in, it gets a touch of shimmer. The big rock lines seem a bit odd, yet it still works great. It's also a bit repetitious.

The Party Scene dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

With a rhythm riff on loan from "Das Model," this song has twang and a Euro coolness floating its tomato sauce underbelly. In some ways, it reminds me of some of the amazing bands that recorded with Conny Plank in the mid seventies in Germany. very interesting.

See Me Thru dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Tweaky guitars and wah wah, a smooth and moody melody line, tribal drums, and advancing drama really work well together to make "See Me Thru" a spectacular piece. Plenty of changes without losing site of the theme. I like this a lot.

The End Titles dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Twang (Instrumental)

Angular and nervous in the beginning, "The End Titles" develops a sad melody and cool sound. Lovely chords, whammy, liquidy tone, and slither. What a groovy way to close out this album!