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Ritchie Blackmore - Take It! Sessions 63/68dotdot
artworkThis CD compiles many of Ritchie BlackmoreÕs early-mid sixties sessions, including a few instros. Like Jimmy Page, Blackmore found himself on many sessions before making the big time. ThereÕs none of the signature sound you might expect. ItÕs all quite period British single hit factory.
Picks: Getaway, Little Brown Jug, Satan's Holiday, Earthshaker

Track by Track Review


Getaway dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is an almost big band studio jam, with wailin sax, piano tinkling, and an R&B licks everywhere. Hoppin' intense British R&B tomfoolery.

Little Brown Jug dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Desperate for material, we look around for the ancient standard. Studio jam, with sax, piano, and an R&B trailings.

Satan's Holiday dotdotdot
Brit Rock (Instrumental)

Fee-fi-fo-fum into "The Hall Of The Mountain King" in a sporty rendition with shrill Richie Blackmore guitar tones.

Earthshaker dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

So, this is another single from the same label that launched the great Jody Reynolds ("Thunder" is a killer tack) and the Surfmen. Rare, but not earthshaking. "Earthshaker" uses a melody very similar to the rhythm guitar from Johnny and the Hurricanes "Beatnik Fly" ("Jimmy Crack Corn"), and relies on similar tonality to "Satan's Holiday." A nice track.