Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Spaghetti IIdotdotdotdot
artworkThis second CD in the series is a very nice collection of spaghetti western themes. There are 14 solid instros, plus two vocals, the most notable of which is Los Rancheros "Lonewolf Gangster": Jaws harp, exotic hand percussion, banjo, and you get a picture of a slow break down at a Cat Mother and the All Night Newsboys gig. This is really cool. makes you long for cornpone. Then again, the big rolling attack of the second part comes in.... and becomes a vocal in Japanese I think. Maybe it's Guitarwolf in disguise?
Picks: Django, The Gunman Left Standing, Sharkskin Buffalo, Sombrero del Diablo, Last Requiem, Arnold's Wild Ride, The Lonely Spanish Hotel, Sundown, Macaroni, The Outlaw, Sin Afeitar Y Callado, Cactus Your Ass, Desert Floor, Flamingo Sunset

Track by Track Review

Django dotdotdotdot
Sixties Go-Go (Instrumental)

Django Reinhardt influenced, flamenco driven, spaghetti powered, and wind swept. This is a fine track. It's sense of drama and eerie tones are quite nice.

The Gunman Left Standing dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western Surf (Instrumental)

This fine track first appeared on the B-side of their amazing lone single. This is mid tempo, fluid, military, and quite compelling. One day a whole CD will appear from this excellent Volcanos alter ego.

Sharkskin Buffalo dotdotdot
Rockabilly Whammy (Instrumental)

Sharkskin Buffalo is ok, but not great. It's just not very interesting. It's a sorta Austin flavored rockabilly whammy bar number in search of a lead.

Sombrero del Diablo dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly Whammy (Instrumental)

Somewhat cowboy, in a Shadows orientation, with a playful melody and a western beat. The low-E vibrato verses are excellent. This rides as if Baxter Black is in the saddle.

Last Requiem dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Italian western is written all over this. Military drums, ultra vibrato, reverb, haunted organ, and slow, almost painful anticipation. Quite dramatic. The faux bugle is a nice touch.

Arnold's Wild Ride dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western Surf (Instrumental)

Harmonics and moody scenes, very melodic and exceptionally pretty. The melody is very friendly, staying with you long after listening.

The Lonely Spanish Hotel dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Short thick blast of energy, thrashy and assaultive, but without benefit of melody.

Sundown dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a blend of sounds. Sorta Jewish folk spaghetti, harmonica sadness, and Pearls Before Swine suave. Most unusual.

Macaroni dotdotdotdot
7th Cavalry (Instrumental)

So, why hasn't some one else titled a spaghetti western "Macaroni?" Weirdness opens, near acid jazz hornage, Italian dribbling guitars, pumped drums... in some ways, I think this is O'Hara's influenced. It gets to a fast rhythmic delivery soon enough, and it cries for multiple playings. It's rough, but that doesn't seem to detract. Extra cool!

The Outlaw dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

A fine band doing a cowboy trad thing with warm surf reverb and a two-step beat. It's way fun, and the melody is very friendly. I like the feel of this. It's infectious. The frequent reverb kicks in lieu of gunshots is a brilliant cross pollination of saddles and longboards.

Sin Afeitar Y Callado dotdotdot
Prairie (Instrumental)

With whammy inspired by Focus' "Hocus Pocus," this cowboy plains roller is tasty and cactus ready. You can smell the dry breeze and feel the trail dust in your teeth.

Cactus Your Ass dotdotdot
Cowboy (Instrumental)

Spooky church bells and grave yard winds precede this spooky western. The harmonica adds depth. Heavy vibrato throb makes for meanness, and a solid western melody line brings the open plains in view.

Desert Floor dotdotdot
Western Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering low-E vibrato guitar spews out images of mystic landscapes populated with cacti and gila monsters basking in the afternoon sun... a very pretty song, melodic and sandy. This is a great band.

Flamingo Sunset dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra vibrato slow shimmer and sadness, post funeral bereavement, and black arm bands left behind by the banditos. Spooky and moody.