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The Goldmark Round-Up - Steelin' From His Pastdotdotdot
artworkThis is way off the beaten path, and not a surf disc by any stretch of the imagination. Joe Goldmark is a lap steel legend. He's been supported in studio by lots of local royalty over the years, including metallic green surf guitarist Eric Lenchner (though not on this disc). His recordings are often adventurous and always instrumental. There are a couple of gems that surf bands often do, and hearing them on lap steel is quite an adventure.
Picks: Steel Guitar Paradise, Vertigo, Kathi's Tune, Ocean View Drive, Snake Eyes, Just Idling, And Your Bird Can Sing, You Are Everything, Telstar Stomp, Rumble, Chocolate, Alison, More Today Than Yesterday, Harlem Nocturne, Get It, Romeo and Juliet, East Bay Express, Jet Lag, My Mother's Eyes, John Henry

Track by Track Review


Steel Guitar Paradise dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Joe Goldmark's progressive cowboy anthem grooves like an imaginary outtake from a Nice session transposed for lap steel, and all that in 1:37.

Vertigo dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Intense overdriven steel and fuzz bass give this smooth melody a harsh edge. Very nice track, with a loud sound and a distant sway.

Kathi's Tune dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Playful lap steel meandering in a slithering sub country post soundtrack groove. If you were to Blue Coral ® an inverted NRPS, you might get "Kathi's Tune."

Ocean View Drive dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

You might expect "Ocean View Drive" to be aquatic, but it's not. It is scenic, maybe even panoramic. On the slow side, it floats on clouds of uninterrupted views.

Snake Eyes dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Allen Toussaint's bluesy instro gets a facial and body rub. This warm country treatment makes it bounce and grin.

Just Idling dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Long leaning overdriven reverbed lap steel notes drive a meandering afternoon cruise on an open country road. Very nicely done.

And Your Bird Can Sing dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Light weight pop songs can be morphed into almost any genre, and Joe Goldmark proves it by creating a cactus afternoon out of an English pretense. Pretty cool.

You Are Everything dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Ultra soft MOR for an upper crust lazy afternoon on the back forty. Quite pretty, but also uninspiring.

Telstar Stomp dotdotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Joe Meek's "Telstar" sweetly slides off the lap steel from a crying orbit. It's amazing how well this venerable melody works in so many formats. Great stuff!

Rumble dotdotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Link Wray's fuzz monster is a perfect vehicle for fuzz lap steel... big, slithery, leathery, and liquid. Not as big as some, smoother than most, and very cool!

Chocolate dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

An ode to the brown drug of choice, "Chocolate" dances on delighted children's eyes. Groovy goodies melt in your hands as it should be.

Alison dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Elvis Costello's melodic pop writing translates well to the liquid steel, and this romantic slide treatment gives it a sweeter edge. Very nice track.

More Today Than Yesterday dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

I never thought I'd like any version of this popster, but Joe Goldmark makes even the poppiest syrup seem palatable.

Harlem Nocturne dotdotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

I can't recall any versions of Earl Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne" that I don't enjoy. This bluesy lap steel interpretation cries and howls, and brings home the bacon.

Get It dotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Country bounce, lap steel wiggle, and a kinda pokey jerky melody line... doesn't grab me.

Romeo and Juliet dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Motown goes to Texas... interesting translation, liquid and fluent in dusty road adventure.

East Bay Express dotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Kinda jazzy, sorta R&B bumpy, a little funky, and the lap steel is wah-wah effected.

Jet Lag dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Dripping country airport hangover, "Jet Lag" is pure Nashville slide, only better. Very cool track.

My Mother's Eyes dotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Bouncy old timey jazzy combo groove in a swing mold.

John Henry dotdotdot
Lap Steel (Instrumental)

Ancient blues gets intensely rippled on lap steel.