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The Jokers - Guitars Extraordinarydotdot
artworkIf you never heard this record, your life would not be one iota different. Though they spout a sound similar to many Northern European instro bands from the sixties, there's not a lot here that stands out, though there are a couple of nice tracks.
Picks: Perdido, Instant Coffee, Caravan

Track by Track Review


Umoresco (Humoresque) dot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

What a waste of audio! Light weight, soul free, and not memorable at all. The main riff is noodly and circular, and there's a sorta surf reference in the pay the bass pick simulates damped surf rhythm, but otherwise it's completely dismissible.

Diamond Strings dot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

A pleasant little melody played with no volume or edge or attention to tone. Once off the table, it is purged from RAM and not missed.

Perdido dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Perhaps the nearest thing to a rock instro here, "Perdido" has pumping bass and a very playful guitar. The tone approaches surf the way echo-based guitar in Europe only occasionally did. Flippant and splashy.

Song Of Orfeo Negro dot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

"Song Of Orfeo Negro" is a slow and sad number with chorus. It's very light weight, being primarily easy listening. Not particularly engaging.

Instant Coffee dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Whammified twang with pumping bass and rockin' drums. The melody riff is a basic progression, more jam than song, but very infectious and fun. There's a cool bass solo in the middle, and the drummer is on fire.

Harry Lime Theme dotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

Anton Karas's "Third Man Theme" is done with less goofiness than most, and without the dementia normally implied. Not bad.

Caravan dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Jokers play "Caravan" with great smooth bass and cool drums. The guitar work is very competent - well played and precise, and dribbling cool. This is very nicely done.

Memphis, Tennessee dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an unusual version of Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee." A military beat with a very interesting bass line, and playful dry guitar. It's not infectious exactly, but it's so original that it warrants investigation.

Addis-Abeba dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Addis-Abeba" is very early Shadows inspired, especially in the guitar tone. Great raucous drums, but the melody is not very Arabian.

Down By The Riverside dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a spirited version of the traditional slave song "Down By The Riverside." The drums are raucous, somewhat military, and fanciful. The guitar is too delicate for the drums, but it's fun anyway.

Saturnus dot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

"Saturnus" is a fluffy adult contemporary track with cheesy chorus and delicate playing. Smooth and pleasant, but very unremarkable. There are occasional island chord hints between the Shadows-like guitar.

Greyhound Express dot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

This is an exercise in jazz-beat. There are a couple of deluxe guitar fills, but mostly this is just so-so.