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The Dead Rocks - Il Grilletto D'Oro (Monitor Mix 04-21-2009)dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is one of those sets of music that's fascinating on a number of levels. Musically, it's a fine set. These are rough mixes, just for evaluation. All but one track became the Il Grilletto D'Oro album. Some are very close to the final product, others quite different. I always enjoy hearing work in progress, especially from a band I particularly like.
Picks: Dance, Domenica, Esperanza, Long Way, Mocorongo, Paul Squizo, Pe de Pano, Porva, Rolling, Sagaz, Samba Jovem

Track by Track Review

Dance dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

A western feeling bounces under a very cool melody played delightfully by lead guitar. This is a very well done track with vintage appeal. Playful and happy, "Dance" is pretty and very enjoyable. Some string bending adds just a touch of uncertainty. "Dance" was issued as "Cavalcata In Cerca Della Ferrovia."

Domenica dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

With an infectious backtrack that hints of "If I Had A Hammer" and a catchy melody line, "Domenica" captures you quickly. This is a warm, friendly, and very enjoyable!

Esperanza dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Echoed guitar, whammy chords, an engaging melody line, and a delicate backtrack in mono makes this sound just like a sixties European guitar instro. Very nicely done, and very pleasurable. Titled "Esperanza," it was released as "La Speranza Del Domani."

Long Way dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

"Long Way" is a slow number with big twang and delicate tremolo shimmer. Haunting in a sad spaghetti western arena, the song brings on a quietly reflective mood. Very pretty. This was issued as "Il Segreto Della Ferrovia."

Mocorongo dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

A western feeling bounces under a very cool melody played delightfully by lead guitar. This may be very simple melodically, but its bounce and infectious riffs carry the day. "Mocorongo" was released as "Il Grande Ballo."

Paul Squizo dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

This is a faster number that reminds me a lot of The Halibuts' "Chummin'." I don't know if that was an influence, but it has very similar lead patterns and rhythms, though this is a little more hypnotic. "Paul Squizo" became "La Persecuzione Del Vaso Perduto."

Pe de Pano dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Cowboy fun and rich tone deliver a splendid western melody and cactus beat. "Il Grilletto D'Oro" is a marvelous song with a wide grin. I like this! "Pe de Pano" was renamed "Il Grilletto D'Oro."

Porva dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

"Duello Veloce" has a very playful melody line and bouncy backtrack. Spanking fun in a rootsy sort of way. Just plain cool! This rough mix is big and splashy, with a bit of a rootsy feel. It's light an playful stylistically, but is aurally the heaviest track in this set. It did not make it to the album. "Porva" became "Duello Veloce."

Rolling dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Lush tone and a very endearing riff guide "Liberta" easily through your heart. It's on the slow side, and moves gently. Simply a nice track! "Rolling" was issued as "Liberta."

Sagaz dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a splendid surf instro with an upbeat melody line and pulsing rhythm. Its beat and energy are infectious, and its sound is very appealing. "Sagaz" is the only straight surf instro here, and as a result it was cut from the album release.

Samba Jovem dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

This song has a splendid melody and very well suited rhythm section. The melody paints a western picture - you can almost smell the dry air and cactus rose. In some ways, this reminds me of The Treble Spankers. Excellent! "Samba Jovem" was retitled "La Conquista Del Monte Negro."