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Collection: For a Few Guitars More: A Tribute to Morricone's Spaghetti Western Themesdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is an incredibly strong compilation, not to mention a tribute to the innovator of the spaghetti western film score. Great performances and solid throughout. While not entirely surf, this is must-have listening.
Picks: Guns Don't Argue, Titoli (A Fistful of Dollars), For a Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, Sixty Seconds To What?, The Vice Of Killing, The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly, The Ecstasy of Gold, Gun For Ringo, Navajo Joe, The Big Gundown (Seconda Caccia), The Hellbenders, The Great Silence, Once Upon a Time in the West, As A Judgment, Farewell to Cheyenne, The Loud, The Loose And The Savage

Track by Track Review

Guns Don't Argue dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy chord power, a strong beat, and impeccable drama from the lead component of the Southern Surf Syndicate. Exceptional arranging and surf sensibilities, but then it is the Penetrators, isn't it! Totally great!

Titoli (A Fistful of Dollars) dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Italy's Bradipos IV play this Italian cowboy theme with fine guitar work. This is very good, with exceptional playing and simple arranging. The two guitars counter each other well, both through the melodies and their different tones. Very cool.

For a Fistful of Dollars dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

There are few players on the scene today with talent equal to Dave Wronski (Slacktone). His prowess on his Fender are the stuff of legends. With "For a Fistful of Dollars," he explores an acoustic world with impeccable delicacy and grace. This is a stunningly cool track!

For a Few Dollars More dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

This splendid Enio Morricone song is very well done by Italy's I Cosmonauti. Arranged much like the Hellbenders did it, only with more reverb. Rich and very good!

Sixty Seconds To What? dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Aside from the gutty guitar drama at the opening, "Sixty Seconds To What?" is a rich vibrato presentation of moodiness as only Enio Morricone could write it. Perfect in every way, Brent J. Cooper's arrangement and performance brilliantly capture the spirit and art of this song. The synth adds an air of sophistication without detracting from the spaghetti ethic. Brent J. Cooper is a member of Calgary, Alberta, Canada's Huevos Rancheros.

The Vice Of Killing dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Sweden's Langhorns bring forth an exceptionally suave and melodramatic version of "The Vice Of Killing." The opening is slow and sinewy, yielding to a richly vibratoed guitar drama. Rock solid, with big whammy chords, full bass, and great drums. Wonderful!

The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Extreme long echo chords and rich atmospheric sound give Australia's Atlantics a unique presentation of "The Good, The Bad, And the Ugly." Their chorus chants are distant and almost ghostly. The overall sound is like a fog of cactus tragedy!

The Ecstasy of Gold dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

The shimmer of vibrato under the tweak of wah-wah, supported with tribal drums. This mid tempo piece is mysterious and rhythmic, with some very fine guitar lines. Austin's 3 Balls of Fire continue to deliver creative and richly textured music. This also appears on the CD.

Gun For Ringo dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Croatian guitarist Dalibor Pavicic heads up the incredible Bambi Molesters. They employ his wonderful sound and sense of liquid flow to this epic spaghetti western. Delicate and vibrato shimmered, "Gun For Ringo" boasts a liquid sadness and stunning beauty. Thoroughly cool, warm, reverby, and with a great backtrack!

Navajo Joe dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Pollo Del Mar use distant feedback and sustain to create an eerie and sullen danger. The tribal drums and emotionally smooth bass lay the groundwork under the two guitars for a complete production. They close out with a couple of lines from "Hiawatha" and "Apache." Magnificent!

The Big Gundown (Seconda Caccia) dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

New York's illusive Irreversible Slacks reinvent "The Big Gundown" in their image. The addition of sax and God knows what else bring big grins! Really cool!

The Hellbenders dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Easily the best spaghetti western band on earth, Michigan's Hellbenders ply their trade to Enio Morricone's song from which their name came. More than just cool, "The Hellbenders" is well developed and very dramatic. The lag of the second guitar in the guitar duo section is very unusual. It's a trick normally applied by piano players. They are way past due for a complete album!

The Great Silence dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Australian guitarist Kim Humphreys brings sophistication and a misty air to "The Great Silence." Dramatic and sad, and maybe a little pompous, yet liquid cool and vibrato pulsed. Flying guitar lines and long echoed tones cry for a safe harbor not to be found ahead. An excellent track!

Once Upon a Time in the West dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

The organ plays an almost churchy interpretation of "Once Upon a Time in the West." Dramatic use of the Leslie adds charm under the long guitar lines to this slow tortured epic. In the West are from Hollywood, Florida.

As A Judgment dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Bernard Yin (Brazil 2001, Migs, etc.) and David Arnson (Insect Surfers) duel on their guitars on this long slow western drama. Almost classical at times, throbbing with vibrato with an almost bowed sound, twisted in pain, and tortured. An amazing exercise from two top notch LA ax wielders.

Farewell to Cheyenne dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Minneapolis' Di Dollari play "Farewell to Cheyenne" with a trail of the lonesome pine cowboy beat and deliberate coolness. Slow and moody, the track carries the track with interesting textures, but too few changes.

The Loud, The Loose And The Savage dotdotdotdotdot
Motorcycle Spaghetti (Instrumental)

King Fuzz has written a tribute to the master of spaghetti westerns. Thick and dramatic, long sustain fuzz edge, moody sound, and pristine playing. Davie Allan and the Arrows are admittedly longtime faves, and I'm perhaps partial to a fault, but I really like Davie's work and sound. "The Loud, the Loose, and the Savage" is a fine example of his capability. Wonderful!