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The Jet Blacks - Sucessos Dos Anos 60 - Discode Ourodotdotdot
artworkAll but one of the tracks here are instrumental. Most on this hits package are pretty good, but some are just so so.
Picks: (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, Geronimo, Telstar, Cavaleiro Solitario, Jet Black, Pipeline

Track by Track Review


Apache dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The Shadows' arrangement of Jerry Lordan's "Apache" is nicely done. Definitely soft, with tribal drums in the bridge.

Theme For Young Lovers dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Brian Welch's "Theme For Young Lovers" is done very close to the way The Shadows' did it. Pretty, but unremarkable.

Guitar Twist dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

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

The Millionaire dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Light weight echoed guitar plays against an easy backtrack. It's all too fluffy for me.

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdotdot
Cowboy (Instrumental)

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!

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.

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.

Telstar dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

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.

Cavaleiro Solitario dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

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.

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.

(Dance With The) Guitar Man dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

"(Dance With The) Guitar Man" is a Lee Hazelwood / Duane Eddy composition that's done in a softened country way here. Pleasant.

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.

Blue Star dotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The "Theme From Medic" is usually done is this kind of soft and slushy way. Very Shadows-like.

Midnight dotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The Shadows' "Midnight" is done like it's end of the prom stroll time. Pretty and well played.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This sounds like it was recorded with Syndrums, but maybe not. The guitars play this well, but i the mold of The Ventures' cover of The Chantays' classic. It's very tasteful. but just one of a thousand versions.