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Paul Johnson - Eclectric Guitardotdotdot
artworkThis 1985 cassette only release from Paul Johnson features Paul playing all guitars and bass, and programmed the Linndrum machine. The sound is amazingly good for what is basically a home demo. The title is a merger of electric and eclectic, which pretty well describes the music here.
Picks: Sorry, Chiflado, California Dreamin', Tequila Rag, Glenda, Glory To God In The Highest, Talcahuano Girls, To Know Him Is To Love Him, Rococo Rock, Streets Of Gold

Track by Track Review


Sorry dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

You might expect a sad tune with such an apologetic title, but alas, it's rather optimistic. Paul's beautiful playing of Phil Keaggy's ditty displays his characteristic interplay between the guitars. A well balanced track.

Chiflado dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This delightful reworking of Paul's song from the heyday of surf is bouncy and way too much fun. "Chiflado" relies heavily on the damped chop of the rhythm to support a splendidly simple melody. "Chiflado" has long been a fave of mine, and this is a solid performance, and it sports great glissandoes too.

California Dreamin' dotdotdot
Folk Rock (Instrumental)

The Mama's and the Papa's top forty folk rock epic is presented in a fairly straight format. It's warm with smooth guitar and a solid eighties beat.

Tequila Rag dotdotdot
Mexican Folk Twang (Instrumental)

"Tequila Rag" owes nothing to Chuck Rio's classic. It's fast and flippant, with a fiesta feel. A fine balance between the electric and acoustic guitars. Too fun.

Glenda dotdotdotdot
Happy Punk Surf (Instrumental)

The Toy Dolls' "Glenda (and the Test Tube Baby)" bounces into a surprisingly cool instro. Proud to say I turned Paul onto the Toy Dolls with an instro on a cassette I sent him. Glad to see his sense of guitar style plays so well in the humor camp of the happiest punk band on earth.

Glory To God In The Highest dotdotdotdot
Christian Surf (Instrumental)

This bright tune is warm and optimistic, with a sense of surf and joy about it. It may be the closest thing to a real merger between open road surf and Paul's Christian rock focus. The piano is very cool.

Talcahuano Girls dotdotdot
Fiesta Rock (Instrumental)

This slow traditional Mexican folk song sports a folk dance melody and a warm sound. Pure fun.

To Know Him Is To Love Him dotdotdot
Soft Rock (Instrumental)

Phil Spector's hit for the Teddy Bears comes to a soft rock rebirth. Warm and vibrant, "To Know Him Is To Love Him" has long been overlooked as an instro possibility.

Rococo Rock dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a PJ original with a bouncy almost classical feel, and the lilt of a guitar exercise gone awry, where the grins abound and the wine flows. Very fun.

Streets Of Gold dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moderately interesting melodic track that seems a funny way to close out this set, more with a whimper than the bang that lead up to it.