Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Twangy Guitars, Silky Strings Vol. 4dotdot
artworkThis volume of the Twangy Guitars, Silky Strings series is very much on the MOR-pop side. There are few surf related tracks (hence 2 stars), but there are some pleasant afternoon sounds. Euro guitar fans will find this worthy of a higher rating.
Picks: True Man, And I Love Her, Scarred Faces, Dance On, Pipeline, Millions Of Roses, Forest Flowers, Alpens Ros, Sleeping Beauty Twist, Blue Dream, Stormskars Maja, Against The Wind, Lullaby Of The Leaves, Where The Rainbow Ends, A Place In the Sun, Hawaii 10-ho, High Heels, Mountain Tale, When You're Smiling, Georgia Camp Meeting

Track by Track Review

True Man dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

An interesting blend of rockin' electric guitar instrumental sound coupled with churning keys and accordion creates a hybrid of the modern and the traditional. Quite a fun track.

And I Love Her dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Beatles' "And I Love Her" is a fitting subject for the flowing easy rock side of Korsuorkesteri. Very pretty, but also more a backdrop than a commanding performance.

Scarred Faces dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Like "True Man," this track bounces and rolls with an interesting electric blend of two different European traditions. A little moody, and fun.

Dance On dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Sounding both similar to the Shadows and not, "Dance On" is a bit thick with the intense stereo track reverb added to the guitar's echo-delay. It removes any dynamics, but then that's the very essence of the Hank Marvin style.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This is quite a restrained presentation of the Chantays' classic "Pipeline." I can't say I've heard a similar arrangement. In some ways, the Blazers miss the point of the completely, yet it remains aquatic and infectious, attesting to the power of the writing.

Millions Of Roses dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

With a nod to the softer side of the Ventures, "Millions Of Roses" blends a bit of the early V-boys and the European guitar sound. It's a very nice track.

Forest Flowers dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Rolling tom tom drama launches "Forest Flowers" from a bit of pomp to a sad, almost Russian sounding melody line. Restrained, with a very poppy break.

Alpens Ros dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

"Alpens Ros" is a light weight bit of pop fluff, pretty, fluid, and easy to listen to in a passive mood.

Sleeping Beauty Twist dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Sleeping Beauty Twist" opens as a slow and pensive piece, moving into a light pop guitar song with a kind of rockin' from your seat energy. On the haunting side, but also purely in a pop vein.

Blue Dream dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Moving softly through a moody, almost misty scene, "Blue Dream" haunts and floats like a fog on a distant battle field. Sad and wistful.

Stormskars Maja dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Thick moody ambient reverb, gentle softness, and a sad floating melody, played with an almost film scene feel to it.

Against The Wind dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Against The Wind" floats softly across an island cove, with a sense of relief from a storm that has passed. A little sad, yet optimistic and very pretty. I like this a lot.

Lullaby Of The Leaves dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With almost as much reverence as Japanese Eleki players have for the Ventures, Tenho covers one of their more familiar pieces. The style is a blend of the Ventures and Hank Marvin, coupled with a European vision.

Where The Rainbow Ends dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

"Where The Rainbow Ends" is a somewhat sad pop song with a pleasant sound. It works well as a backdrop, but also stands up to careful listening quite well. Some very nice guitar work here, against a very soft rhythm track.

A Place In the Sun dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Well, this is an interesting combination of sounds and ideas. The lead guitar is like a cross between Nokie Edwards and Hank Marvin, while the rhythm track is a churning stereo almost ska thing that seems to come right out from behind.

Hawaii 10-ho dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Playing on the band's name, Mort Shuman's "Hawaii Five-0" is transformed into a European sound with mixed results. It's not very surfy, but sure is fun and well played.

High Heels dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Accordion and sidewalk afternoon softness play lightly across the headphones in this light track. Quite pretty.

Mountain Tale dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

"Mountain Tale" is very Shadows oriented, but in a much less intense way than most such songs. The drums are solid, and the sound rich.

When You're Smiling dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

This is an ancient pop song. The Savages give it a very bouncy and fun face list. I expected much less, but they actually captured my ear with this very fun and fluid track.

Georgia Camp Meeting dotdot
Finger Picked (Instrumental)

"Georgia Camp Meeting" is a finger pick style piece that's pretty and fluid. While much more pleasant than memorable, it does please while it's on.