Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Legends Of Guitar - Rock: The 50's Vol. 1dotdotdotdot
artworkGuitar Player Magazine and Rhino Records conspired to produce a multi-volume series of influential guitar tracks. This volume opens the fifties part of the series.
Picks: Rebel-Rouser, Tiger Guitars, Guitar Boogie Shuffle, Eddie's Blues, Rumble

Track by Track Review


Rebel-Rouser dotdotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

"Rebel-Rouser" set the formula for Duane Eddy's enduring success. It is a rousing instro with whoops and hollers, and a richly infectious sound. The melody is strong, and the guitar is dead center.

Tiger Guitars dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Trashy stereo glissando duels fire off the opening before it disappoints by dropping into a regular old guitar boogie riff.

Guitar Boogie Shuffle dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly Boogie (Instrumental)

This was a monster hit for the Virtues in the fifties, and defined the already overcrowded rockabilly boogie field. The track has been stereo-ized, using a fake spread induced to create a rather effective illusion of a fairly modern and natural stereo. The performance is great. The guitarists are Frank Virtue and Jimmy Bruno.

Eddie's Blues dotdotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Slue blues guitar from Eddie Cochran himself. Saucy and sinewy, bluesy and primal. Big stinging whammy chords make this quite distinctive!

Rumble dotdotdotdotdot
Classic Dark Rock (Instrumental)

The original street gang record. This drips juvenile delinquency and chains and knives and broken bottles. It's the first evil rock instro. Very powerful after 40 years! Link Wray is the originator of lead guitar instros, of the ominous guitar sound, of the use of extreme sustain for danger, of the tribal thunder and drama under rock instros, of the gradually changing effects to impose a rising threat, as he does by increasing vibrato at the end of the track. This is a must have for any self-respecting rock instro fan, and a definite requirement to understand the foundation that was laid for the later surf bands.