Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Al Hazan Volume 2, Al Hazan Is B. Bumbledotdotdot
artworkVolume two continues with more material from Al Hazan, this time with a half dozen instros. Plenty of fun here.
Picks: Ali Hassan - Granada Revisited, Malaguena, Chopsticks, Kim and the Skippers - Daybreaker, Crazy Luke - Karate

Track by Track Review


Ali Hassan - Granada Revisited dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Amilcare Ponchielli's "Dance Of The Hours" has been the source for many recordings. Al Hazan is Ali Hassan, and he rocks on the piano on this great recording. "Granada Revisited" is rumored to be a lost track from the Ali Hassan single session. Way cool!

Ali Hassan - Malaguena dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Surf fanatics often think of "Malaguena" as a guitar song, but Ernesto Lecuona wrote and recorded it on piano. This version opens with the pomp of the original, but employs a B. Bumble and the Stingers arrangement. That's cool enough, but the rapid fire double picked guitar in the middle is all surf, all be it reverb free.

Ali Hassan - Chopsticks dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Yup, it's that composition! Euphemia Allen aka Arthur de Lull wrote this in 1877, and it's been a piano staple ever since. This version features cool drums and pumping piano.

The Individuals - 7 Potato Mash dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a crude recording for Al Hazan. Guitar jammin', organ slurry, horn section riff rock. Spirited, but dismissible.

Kim and the Skippers - Daybreaker dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This simple and totally cool intro was penned by Hollywood legend and weirdo Kim Fowley and future Byrds member Skip Batten. It's part piano rock, part organ rock, and it has all the coolness and energy of B. Bumble and the Stingers and Johnny and the Hurricanes. Great energy and rhythm!

Crazy Luke - Karate dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Al Hazan cut a series of singles more or less in the B. Bumble & The Stingers mold, among which was this ripping Hazan composition "Karate." great piano romping and rock'n'roll drums. Lots of energy and fun!