Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Chessmen - Meadowlands c/w Mustang
|Vancouver's Chessmen recorded just two really nice instrumentals that skirt surf, and sport fine melodies. This is a splendid single that deserves your attention. Pop-rock balladeer Terry Jacks came out of this great band.|
Picks: Meadowlands, Mustang
Track by Track Review
The Chessmen arranged "Meadowlands" in a somewhat European way, yet it has a distinctly American presurf sound. It's an all-guitar way of playing it. There's a slight nod to the Shadows, but mostly the style is upbeat and bright with ringing guitar tone. This is likely the most common rock cover of this classic European melody. The lead is almost surfy, and the beat very cool. Excellent guitar playing and an infectious rhythm. This is one of those little singles that's a pleasure to listen to over and over. Great drums and an excellent performance.
"Mustang" is a cool instro with an unusual galloping rhythm. The melody is sort of western and sort of Shadows-like. It's also on the edge of surf. This is a great b-side to a great single!