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Eddie and the Showmen - Rockin' Instrumental Classicsdotdotdotdot
artworkRockin' Instrumental Classics is a slightly reduced set taken from the out-of-print AVI release. It doesn't get more essential than Eddie and the Showmen! I don't know if this is legit, but it's not available in the States, so...
Picks: Mr. Rebel, Toes On The Nose, Las Olas, And The Angels Sing, Movin', Lanky Bones, Scratch, Far Away Places, Border Town, We Are The Young, Squad Car

Track by Track Review


Mr. Rebel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eddie and the Showmen's third single was a tribute to KRLA DJ Reb Foster, who also owned the Revelaire Club, where Eddie Bertrand found themselves to be the house band for a while. This is one of the great surf singles, sporting a totally infectious and optimistic melody and beat.

Dark Eyes dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Muddy band-track production mar this relatively pedestrian cover of an overdone standard.

Showmen Stomp dotdot
Surf (Vocal)

I suppose they all did this sorta tripe. It's no worse than Dick Dale's "King Of The Surf Guitar," but besides the nostalgia value, it's just fodder for the Untamed Youth camp.

Toes On The Nose dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the only stereo source for "Toes On The Nose." One side of the first single, this is a really grand number, with unusual use of glissandos. It's choppy, powerful, and very infectious.

Las Olas dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Unreleased Spanish tune that features a guitar / sax duet. It ends where they quit playing due to some discontent. It was never finished.

And The Angels Sing dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A really odd choice to cover, but, hey, it works really well. Who'da thunk? Eddie delivers a fiery performance.

Movin' dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Third single, and easily the best cover of this Lee Hazelwood tune. Lots' of sparks fly from Eddie's quick fingers.

Lanky Bones dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eddie's version is good, but Paul Johnson's is better. This is from the fourth single.

Scratch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very shallow stereo mix of the often covered song. It's very powerful, and a must have. B-side of single number two.

Far Away Places dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Man-oh-man. I wish this was in stereo. This is one of my favorite Eddie & the Showmen tunes. It has a great and very memorable melody that fits it's title exactly. It's the other side of the fourth single.

Young And Lonely dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More oos-n-ahs don't save this pop tune. It has none of the memorable charm of the other side of this single. Too laid back. The energy was gone.

Border Town dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Strongly based on Bob Moore's "Mexico," this number has been a fave of mine for 35 years, despite the out-of-tune guitar. This rendition capitalizes on the chunky rhythm, and is wonderfully played.

We Are The Young dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Also known as "Theme One," this tune from the fifth single marks the transition into a lot less double picking and a more MOR sound with the oos-n-ahs. This song has a haunting melody, which I find to be quite endearing.

Squad Car dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is THEE Eddie & the Showmen song, and their second single. Written by Paul Johnson, it totally shreds. The best news is it finally appears in stereo.