Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Jet Blacks - 25 Sucessos
|This collection of songs from the Jet Blacks has a number of fine instros on it. There is just one vcocal, the funny cover of Sam The Sham and the Pharoahs' "Little Red Riding Hood" ("Chapeuzinho Vermelho").|
Picks: Tema Para Jovens Enamorados, Guitar Twist, Blue Star, Veneno, (Dance With The) Guitar Man, Geronimo, Apache, Midnight, Rebel Rouser, Pipeline, O Millionaro, Wonderful Land, Over The Mountain... Across The Sea, Peace Pipe, Dance On, The Lonely Bull, The House Of The Rising Son, Sleep Walk, These Boots Are Made For Walking, Telstar, Cavaleiro Solitario, Riders In The Sky (a cowboy legend), Jet Blacks, Johnny Guitar
Track by Track Review
Tema Para Jovens Enamorados
Another song in the shadow of Hank Marvin, "Tema Para Jovens Enamorados" ("Theme For Young Lovers") is a soft and fluid song with a wispy melody and quietly attractive sound.
The "What'd I Say" is the underpinning of "Guitar Twist." Frank Virtue and the Virtues arrangements softened some.
The "Theme From Medic" is usually done is this kind of soft and slushy way. Very Shadows-like.
Warbling sax and great ringing chords, with a Hank Marvin-ish guitar and sax horse whinnies. Kinda cool in a warped kinda way.
(Dance With The) Guitar Man
"(Dance With The) Guitar Man" is a Lee Hazelwood / Duane Eddy composition that's done in a softened country way here. Pleasant.
The Shadows' "Geronimo" is very softly done, with mariachi horns adding a bizarre edge. Not just unusual, but fascinating, like a pop song you can't stop whistling even though you dislike it intensely. Cool!
The Shadows' arrangement of Jerry Lordan's "Apache" is nicely done. Definitely soft, with tribal drums in the bridge.
The Shadows' "Midnight" is done like it's end of the prom stroll time. Pretty and well played.
Duane Eddy (Instrumental)
Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" lacks the fire of the original, but retains the vibrato charm. Fun.
In some ways, this misses the point completely. In others, it's an adventure in surf. Most likely modeled on the Ventures cover, the dry sound is smoothed and rounded, and, while not really remarkable, it holds your attention.
This is an echoed and soft song with a delicate pop sound. Pretty, but unremarkable. "O Millionaro" was also done by Os Incriveis.
Jerry Lordan's "Wonderful Land" is very softly played, with strings and a lighter Hank Marvin sound. Very pretty.
Over The Mountain... Across The Sea
This venerable fifties near-doo-wop hit gets a vibrato treatment that reminds me somewhat of Paul Johnson when he covers the hits of his adolescence. Quite nice!
The Shadows' "Peace Pipe" is covered the way virtually all bands do it - just like the original. Echoed guitar and long flowing soft notes.
This song originally came to my attention of the fraudulently titled Surfing With The Shadows album. While nit's not a surf song, it remains one of my favorite Shadows instros. This is a long way from the best I've heard, but still it does merit a few listens. On the softer side.
Sol Lake' great melody converted to guitar with only slight MOR tendencies. Quite nice, with very cool guitar chords carrying the lead. "The Lonely Bull" grows on you, and leaves you with a warm grin.
The House Of The Rising Son
Like weight, but with a an attractive sound that's probably of 1965-6 vintage. Not particularly original, but pleasant.
Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk" done like the Shadows covered it. Pretty, but unremarkable.
These Boots Are Made For Walking
The woman who couldn't sing a note to save her life, produced by Lee Hazelwood. The song is quirky cool, and this fifties-ish interpretation is OK.
Guitars replace Joe Meek's heavy handed keys for a fluid rearrangement of the Tornados' claim to fame. Seems a little slow, but this version of "Telstar" is very nice.
Duane Eddy's "Lost Friend" is slowly played with reverence for the originator. Throbbing vibrato and solemn pacing give it a solid foundation. Nice track.
Riders In The Sky (a cowboy legend)
Well now, this is unusual! The horse whinnies are delivered by a very Equestrian sax. It makes you want to laugh, yet is somehow quite cool! Deep low guitar shimmers in throaty vibrato out front. "Riders In The Sky (a cowboy legend)" is entirely cool!
Jet Harris's "Jet Black," retitled to fit the band's name, is done with a sensual "Sheik Of Araby" feel. Kooky, quirky, yet cool.
Peggy Lee's "Johnny Guitar" is nicely done. It's a moderate arrangement with warm chords and a fluid sound.