Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Apachedotdotdot
artworkThis is a Brazilian collection, not much different from Apache Mania. It has it's moments.
Picks: Burt Blanca - Apache, Jack Fender - Apache, The Fireband - Apache, The Newtones - Apache, The Shadows - Apache, The Spotnicks - Apache, The Surfaris - Apache, The Ventures - Apache, Bert Weedon - Apache

Track by Track Review


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Rock (Instrumental)

The production is richer and more spatial than the Shadows, but otherwise, this is merely another seat at the alter.

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Rock (Instrumental)

the arrangement is pompous tribal with great drums and spooky keys. But aside from the introduction, it's just another Shadows clone.

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Rock (Instrumental)

The relatively dry guitar sound and the bongos, along with some intriguing plucked tweaks, and the electric chords instead of acoustic, separate this from the pack. Pleasant and well played.

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Rock (Instrumental)

The name implies home sessions with drum machines, and perhaps it is. The playing is very metronomic, but also with lots of variation in the attack and volume of cymbals. Kind of interesting, but not at all memorable.

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Rock (Instrumental)

Stereo delay on the lead guitar nets a tiny departure from the Shadows, but aside from that and some recording differences, this is just another version of "Apache."

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Rock (Instrumental)

It's 1976. Punk is being birthed all over the place. Aside from the very dry and interestingly recorded drums, this might just as well be a Shadows outtake.

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Shadows (Instrumental)

The Shadows' arrangement of Jerry Lordan's "Apache" is nicely done. Definitely soft, with tribal drums in the bridge.

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Rock (Instrumental)

Precision copies of songs are just not my thing. I'm not familiar with Ricky King, and while his playing is really good, there is little more than a slit for a ray of sunlight between this and the real thing.

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Exotic Garage (Instrumental)

Germany's Newtones were actually the same band as the Tigers. Very amateur version of Jerry Lordan's classic hit, with wood block percussion, or are those the drums recorded so badly that you can't really tell? The blocks give it an exotic air... very strange.

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Euro (Instrumental)

While the US was treated to Jorgen Ingmann's superior version of this Jerry Lordan classic, and then later Sonny James' vocal rendition, Europe was bathed in the Shadows rendition. Different, and much less delicate than Lordan's version, and missing the fingered string swipe arrows entirely.

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Instrumental (Instrumental)

Big booming tom toms and thick multi layered echo delayed guitars swimming in the soup of reverb play a vibrant and rhythmic version of Jerry Lordan's most familiar song. This is very nice, though pretty undynamic from compression and sustain.

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Surf (Instrumental)

A pedestrian version of the Jerry Lordan classic, with too much Echoplex on the guitar, distracting from the tune. yet, given the plethora of Shadows clone versions out there, this original arrangement, particularly the rhythm guitar, is a refreshing change.

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Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty decent cover of Jerry Lordan's great tune. It's an adaptation of the Jorgen Ingmann arrangement. It has less flair than his, but it is a solid track. If you want a hoot sometime, listen to the Sonny James vocal version.

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Rock (Instrumental)

Perennial British guitar whiz "Apache" does a completely fresh arrangement of "Apache." Intentionally dramatic, throbbing with vibrato instead of tape echo, and way-cool drums. I suppose it's targeted at the retirement home, but it does have a strange magnetism about it.