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Jet Harris and Tony Meehan - Diamonds c/w Scarlett O'Haradotdotdotdot
artworkJet Harris and Tony Meehan quit the Shadows in 1962. Jet Harris' amazing Fender VI six-string bass leads are really lowdown and guttural, played in a style based on Duane Eddy's hits, but with a meaner feel. Tony Meehan's highly compressed drums are featured prominently in glorious drum breaks. "Diamonds" is essential instrumental listening.
Picks: Diamonds, Scarlett O'Hara

Track by Track Review


Diamonds dotdotdotdot
British Big Bass (Instrumental)

This is easily the best track ever from Jet Harris and Tony Meehan. "Diamonds" is a magnificent melody from Jerry Lordan, who also authored "Apache." Tony Meehan's highly compressed drums are featured prominently in the intro and the drum break, offsetting Jet Harris' amazing Fender VI six-string bass leads. This track rules, and has a tenuous surf feel to it, perhaps via the melody, perhaps from the Fender ax. Essential instro listening.

Scarlett O'Hara dotdotdot
British Big Bass (Instrumental)

The production here is a little on the pop-wimp side, but Jerry Lordan's melody and the great lead work, plus fine drums, make this a fab track. This single has been covered by a wide range of artists, from Lawrence Welk to Mark Brodie and the Beaver Patrol.