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The Dave Clark Five - 18 Instrumentals bydotdotdot
artworkThis obvious bootleg CD-R contains a bunch'o instros from the Dave Clark Five, who are not often thought of in instro terms. Their "Chaquita" is excellent surf fodder.
Picks: Chaquita, First Love, I Walk The Line, Chaquita, Rumble, Theme Without A Name, Time, Move On, Blue Monday, Ol' Sol, Sweet Memories, On The Move, All Night Long, Dum-Dee-Dee-Dum, No Stopping, Pumping, Five By Five

Track by Track Review


Chaquita dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is the earliest version of this amazing instro. It rocks with Latin percussion and exotica ethics, while launching from a rock solid beat and hard driving sound. The lead sax is nasty-raspy, and even louder than the album version, as is the guitar, which is significantly raunchy. Totally hot!

First Love dotdot
Shadows MOR (Instrumental)

The Dave Clark Five do a slow dance guitar number on the low-E for the teeny boppers at the hop. This cheesy instro sports a big guitar lead over a sock hop organ and chorus. MOR at heart, it's just a stone's throw from Duane Eddy.

I Walk The Line dotdotdot
UK Guitar Sub Surf MOR (Instrumental)

Acoustic guitar under a great low-E vibrato lead that borders on surf playing the Johnny Cash tune. Despite the male chorus, it holds up well. I still think the best DCV instro is "Chaquita."

Chaquita dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This great instro rocks with Latin percussion and exotica ethics, while launching from a rock solid beat and hard driving sound. The lead sax is nasty-raspy. The only unfortunate thing is how subdued in the mix the almost surf guitar is. This is the second version of this fine tune.

Rumble dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

It's amazing what the DCV did with Link Wray's vital classic. Based on Link's album version, this is raw and nasty, with a slowly almost wah-wahed harmonica sustained against the lead. It creates an almost jaws harp sound. Very cool!

Theme Without A Name dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

This is a nice guitar instro, featuring a shallow vibrato guitar shimmer. It's produced in an MOR vein with strings and a chorus, so it really stretches their rock credibility, but then so did many of their later tracks.

Time dotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

The clock clicks off the seconds as this kinda jazzy numbers playfully slithers by. Sax and piano take the lead. A pleasant track.

Move On dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is a "Green Onions" sorta tune, with a subtle organ lead progression and a nifty harmonica. Low key and groovy in a Graham Bond Organization kinda way.

Blue Monday dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

This venerable blues classic is slow and semi-funky, like a corner bar groove during off hours.

Ol' Sol dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Ol' Sol" is a primal combo instro, with shouts and a tuff groove. Like many tunes out of Memphis, it's simple and effective, with cool hooks and easy access.

Sweet Memories dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

This squishy MOR track sports a chorus and strings behind the rich Duane Eddy style guitar. Merely pleasant.

On The Move dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mighty interesting track, with a nasty monotone sax and a guitar that bridges verses with gritty glissandoes. The guitar riff is liberated from the Rumbler's "Boss," as are several arrangement elements. Grumbly, surf oriented, and featuring those wonderful drums like heard in "Bits and Pieces," among others. Quite an interesting track!

All Night Long dotdotdot
Blues Rock (Instrumental)

"All Night Long" is a raucous instro in a tuff British R&B groove, with screaming and raw harmonica. It would fit right in a set of Graham Bond and Alexis Koerner stuff. Great rockin' hard edged blues rock.

Dum-Dee-Dee-Dum dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Heavily influenced by the Shadows "FBI" with Duane Eddy in mind, "Dum-Dee-Dee-Dum" is a boss instro with big twang and rebel shouts. Way cool!

No Stopping dotdotdot
Blues Rock (Instrumental)

Grumbly like Vince Taylor's "Cadillac," this tuff song rocks and grooves like a knife fight at the roadhouse. Yikes!

Pumping dotdotdot
Blues Rock (Instrumental)

This is a fluffier blues oriented ditty with a jam basis and a sound more like 1962 British Blues instros than 1966 Dave Clark Five. Fun and spunky, with great drums.

Five By Five dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Blues Rock (Instrumental)

Big drums rock the house like "Big Noise From Winnetka" was about to come forth. Fuzz guitar does the riff duty, while wah wah organ and grumbly bass provide the fills. great drums! A couple of fiery glissandoes on the fuzz guitar give it a post surf link. relentless rhythm and groove.