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The Jet Blacks - Golden Hits Of The 60'sdotdotdot
artworkGolden Hits Of The 60's is a decent cross section of The Jet Blacks material from the sixties. All but one track is instrumental.
Picks: Over The Mountain... Across The Sea, Dance On, Geronimo, Jet Black

Track by Track Review


Guitar Twist dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The "What'd I Say" is the underpinning of "Guitar Twist." Frank Virtue and the Virtues arrangements softened some.

O Millionaro dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an echoed and soft song with a delicate pop sound. Pretty, but unremarkable. "O Millionaro" was also done by Os Incriveis.

Rebel Rouser dotdot
Duane Eddy (Instrumental)

Duane Eddy's "Rebel Rouser" lacks the fire of the original, but retains the vibrato charm. Fun.

Over The Mountain... Across The Sea dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

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!

Veneno dotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Warbling sax and great ringing chords, with a Hank Marvin-ish guitar and sax horse whinnies. Kinda cool in a warped kinda way.

Dance On dotdotdot
Easy Listening Spaghetti (Instrumental)

This infectious song has done by many, from the Shadows to the Challengers, nearly always with fun results. The Jet Black's do it very much like the Shadows, but rounder and a little less connected. Quite fun.

The House Of The Rising Sun dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Like weight, but with a an attractive sound that's probably of 1965-6 vintage. Not particularly original, but pleasant.

Geronimo dotdotdot
Easy Listening Spaghetti (Instrumental)

This is a cool (temperature wise) cover of Hank Marvin's lovely "Geronimo." The violins remind me of Thom Rapp's "Sunforest," which gives the otherwise slightly spaghetti song and interesting edge. Very easy, but not dismissible.

These Boots Are Made For Walking dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

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.

Lost Friend dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tremolo vibrations bring forth a low melody in slow motion over an easy listening backtrack. "Lost Friend" is very pretty and nearly surf.

Jet Black dotdotdot
Cowboy (Instrumental)

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.