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Jerry Cole - A Go Go Guitardotdotdot
artworkA Go Go Guitar has some pretty credible tracks on it. Jerry Cole's playing is excellent, and the production values are much more modern than its 1964 date. A coulple of these songs would be recycled later on when Cole played on the Animated Egg sessions.
Picks: Hip Hugger, Teen Age Fair, The Tower Of London, Really Got It Bad, Ventures Venture, Curfew

Track by Track Review

Hip Hugger dotdotdot
Surf Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Booker T. And The MG's' "Hip Hugger" is done with more charm than many of Jerry Cole's covers. Very cool guitar work gives this a surfish feel.

Boss Hair dot
Surf Hot Rod (Instrumental)

"Boss Hair" is a really meaningless jammy number based in blues. It doesn't rise to the memorable category in my opinion. What do you expect from a song called "Boss Hair."

Teen Age Fair dotdotdotdot
Instrumental Rock (Instrumental)

This seems very fluffy to me. Its playful melody line is extremely light hearted and fun. This song grows on you rather rapidly. While extremely poppy in this arrangement, it was later rerecorded by Animated Egg under the title "Dark" for a much heavier and more psychedelic sound.

12 A Go Go dotdotdot
Instrumental Rock (Instrumental)

"12 A Go Go" employs a simple melody with a pop sound, but with slight edge. The melody line is friendly enough, but it's not really memorable.

The Tower Of London dotdotdot
Instrumental Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very pleasant slow number with a lovely melody and lite rock sound. "The Tower Of London" implies Mercy Beat in a umber of ways, and stylistically sounds like one of the songs that could have been brought forward to the Animated Egg sessions.

George Played dotdotdot
Surf Hot Rod (Instrumental)

The lead guitar is so submerged here that "George Played" sounds more like a backtrack than a song. It doesn't help that the melody line is very minimal. However, I would guess that a radically different mix would have served this song much better.

Sloppin' dotdot
Instrumental Rock (Instrumental)

This song apes the slow soul groove of southern instros, but with some grin-induced string bending that hints at Buck Owens.

Really Got It Bad dotdotdot
Instrumental Rock (Instrumental)

This early and very clean version of "Really Got It Bad" doesn't suggest the glory of the pop psyke wonder that became "Sure Listic" during the heady Animated Egg sessions. OK, that said, this is really nicely done, with excellent tone and a darn credible sound.

Ventures Venture dotdotdot
Surf Hot Rod (Instrumental)

Wet guitar tone nods to the stylings of the Ventures in some ways, with a melody line part "If I Had A Hammer" and part Ventures island surf. I didn't like this at first blush, but it does grow on you. The guitar work is excellent, and the Spanish flurries are very cool.

Curfew dotdotdotdot
Instrumental Rock (Instrumental)

"Curfew" is an updated rendering of Bo Diddley's "Bo Diddley" with some really nice double picked runs and that infectious beat. This grows on you more than you might expect.