Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Jet Harris and Tony Meehan - Scarlet O'Haradotdotdot
artworkThree of the four tracks here are instros, with "Scarlet O'Hara" being the standout. The duo of Jet Harris and Tony Meehan really caught my attention with "Diamonds" earlier this year (1963).
Picks: Applejack, The Tall Texan, Scarlett O'Hara

Track by Track Review


Applejack dotdotdot
British Big Bass (Instrumental)

"Applejack" is a lightweight popster with a brass section and bells. The melody is cool, but this is pretty wimpy overall. If you listen real hard, you can hear some enterprising surf band figuring how to make this six-string bass lead number into a double picked monster.

The Tall Texan dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The Tall Texan" has elements of "Scarlett O'Hara" merged with an acoustic western imagery and sound. It's a very pleasant track, nicely played and recorded. The cowboy rhythms in the break are infectious, and the keys and horns add flair.

Scarlett O'Hara dotdotdotdot
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.