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The Esquires - Introducingdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first album from the Esquires [Canada], issued in 1964. Mostly covers at this early stage of their development, with an instro style born of the Shadows.

Thanks for Mike Diabo [Urban Surf Kings] for sending along the CD-R dub.
Picks: Wonderful Land, A Touch Of Blue, Man From Adano, The Girls, 36-24-36, Rave

Track by Track Review


Wonderful Land dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The Esquires do a really accurate cover of this Shadows classic. Very smooth and loaded with all the appropriate string bending too. Nice job.

A Touch Of Blue dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

This soft and romantic instro is in the Shadows style, but is also more like an American last dance slow promenade. Very pretty indeed.

Man From Adano dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Bouncy and fluid, "Man From Adano" is Shadows influenced, but employs a bit of the Canadian western ethic. The melody line is very playful. very cool track!

The Girls dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Obviously, the Esquires think "The Girls" are pretty soft creatures. It's playful in a flirty hide-and-seek way, but also reverent to the desirability of the innies. A mighty fine tune.

36-24-36 dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The Shadows' "36-24-36" is bounced and tweaked. Riffy and different than the other instros here, it's low end focused, and employs acoustic rhythm along with the tweaky lead guitar.

Rave dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

This is the Jet Harris tune, about as grodie as the original, and very nicely played. The Esquires are raving up all over the place on this one.