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The Cousins - Complete 60's Instrumentaldotdotdot
artworkThis is a really nice collection of the 13 studio instros released by The Cousins, plus 9 of their more familiar vocals added as bonus tracks at the end.
Picks: Bouddha, Apache, The Robot, Anda (Anaconda), The Midnight Sun Will Never Set, Dansevise, Deep In The Valley, Pep's, Swingova

Track by Track Review


Bouddha dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Bouddha" is interesting and exotic instrumental. It has a light, shin sound, but it boarders on surf via ringing chords and very cool percussion. Slightly mysterious, and gently trembling, the song is both cute and cool!

Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In some ways, this is more interesting than the Shadows which likely inspired it. Not that it's great or anything like it, but it's slower and much ore dramatic. Aside from Sonny James' vocal version and Jorgen Ingmann's take, most from 1960-61 were copies of the Shadows. An original arrangement and relaxed pace combine to create a welcome diversion from the sea of copies.

The Robot dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Surf chunk progressional repetition with round reverby guitar and a non-Euro characteristic tone. This Belgian band also issued "Buddha" c/w "Kana Kapila." The Czech word for slave was robota, from which came the word robot. Pretty nifty. This band is The Cousins from Belgium.

Anda (Anaconda) dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a rich adventure song with a touch of spaghetti western and tango. The chorus fits well, and the guitar tone is rich. "Anda (Anaconda)" is more rock than pop, and stands up well to repeated listenings.

The Midnight Sun Will Never Set dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lovely slow romancer with gently delivered guitar and smooth bass. "Midnight Sun Will Never Set" is very much an easy listening track, but is very easy on the soul.

Dansevise dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A bit of drama via the drums, exotic percussion, a tasteful pop melody, slow pace, and an easy sound. "Dansevise" is really quite nice.

Manhattan Spiritual dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a fairly poppy guitar instro treatment of Reg Owen's "Manhattan Spiritual." It's chorus that really takes it down, without which this could have been very serviceable.

Madagascar dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Madagascar" is a fairly fast moving instro in the Euro tradition, with a circular melody line and infectious rhythm. The muted break is really cool, but the horns make it sound like Bert Kempfert pumped up.

Tel-Aviv dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Slow and sad, "Tel-Aviv" shimmers from tremolo guitar which rides above an easy rhythm track augmented with strings. Pretty, but not really memorable.

SOS
Rock (Instrumental)

In the same way that Pearls Before Swine used keyboard Morse code to get by obscenity code, "SOS" is based in large part on dot-dot-dot-dash-dash-dash-dot-dot-dot and a chorus chanting "ES OH ES." Aside from the gimmick factor, this is really not very interesting.

Deep In The Valley dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Deep In The Valley" is a mid tempo song with a very nice melody. While more repetitious than I usually like, it does have an easy Pacific feeling about it. The crowd seems to like it.

Pep's dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Pep's" is a slow guitar and bass drama on the left and drums relentlessly faster and pounding on the right. The drum solo rocks, and guitar-drum interchange is perhaps similar to The Surfaris' "Mystic Island Drums," only tamer.

Swingova dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Swingova" bounces big time, with a catchy rhythm and spunky fun via shouts of "yep yep yep." This is all about the energy, and it sure has that!