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Ray Ethier - Slave Girl c/w President's Walkdotdotdot
artworkEarly rock guitarist Ray Ethier played behind Ben Hewitt between 1958 and 1960. Both of these sides have the late fifties big guitar twang that preceded and influenced surf just a year later.
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Slave Girl dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Traditional rockabilly instrumental treatment of a classic melody, often accompanied by childhood lyrics ("there's a place in France..."). The combination of the rockabilly licks and the melody line is priceless. The rich low-E twango verses are pretty surf like in sound. "Slave Girl" was cut in 1960 in New York with Mercury session players. It's not the Santo and Johnny track.

President's Walk
Rock Instrumental (Instrumental)

A country rock beat and bass line runs quite rightly under a twangy low-E lead progression. While more jammy than surf, "President's Walk" certainly hints at what came at the dawn. It's easy to imagine Paul Johnson rockin' to this as he eyed a guitar. His writing is much better, but the energy and influences are right.