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The Ghouls - Dracula's Deucedotdotdotdot
artworkThis amazing album sports 6 marvelous Richie Podolor instrumentals. Some have appeared from other sessions under other titles as the Devons, etc. Many of Podolor's studio tracks rank among the very best of the genre. The album was recorded in October, 1964 at Capitol in Hollywood. Podolor arranged his own instro tracks on the fly, and could generally lay down six instros in one three hour session, often from melodies Richie had "lying around." Amazing.
Picks: Dracula's Theme, Coffin Nails, Voodoo Juice, Blood and Butter, Shake Rattle and Rot, Weird Wolf

Track by Track Review

Dracula's Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More amazing Richie Podolor guitarage. I can't get enough of his work. This is a silky slow track with a beautiful melody line and an optimistic sadness about it. Really cool!

Coffin Nails dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Chunky (Instrumental)

The final version of the demo from the Super Stocks CD. It's another gorgeous Richie Podolor tune. His tone was totally bitchin, warm and crisp. He reportedly plugged directly into the board to get his sound. What ever he did, it was magical!

Voodoo Juice dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richie Podolor on guitar, with his usual style and brilliant writing. This is a slight reworking of another Podolor piece, but with the sultry organ just below the surface and the infectious guitar, this is magnificent. Wow!

Blood and Butter dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This reworking of a tune first surfacing from the Super Stocks alter-ego, this is rhythmic and infectious. More than a demo, and a little less than a polished track, this still attracts with it's simplicity and clean sound.

Shake Rattle and Rot dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With delicate lead guitar work, this track features some tasteful guitar work and well-metered playing. The structure is surf, while the sound is a little more to the center. A nice track.

Weird Wolf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wolf howls, Super Stocks structures, and clean simple melody lines. Nicely twanged, rhythmically backed, and a little subdued.