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The Knights - Tiempos Malosdotdotdot
artworkRich Stewart's Knights have a long lineage, with roots in the sixties. This album of intentionally easy listening rock instrumentals is very good. While it won't rock your world like Dick Dale might, it will certainly bring more sunlight to it. Tiempos Malos is loaded with very easy to like, often beautiful rock combo instros!
Picks: Love Hurts, Sleep Walk, Walk Right Back, My Way, Bulldog, Tiempos Malos (Hard Times), Yellow Bird, Walk Don't Run, Too, Afterglow, Soul Searching

Track by Track Review

Love Hurts dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This venerable FM standard gets a fresh face on it via lovely island surf guitar and an easy beat. "Love Hurts" is a fine track for a lazy afternoon or lonely night alone. Sad, rainy, yet hoping for a better day ahead. Very nice!

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The sweetness of the playing is essential to the arrangement of Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk." Few guitarists carry this song off without a lap steel. Very pleasant!

Walk Right Back dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A jazzy surf whammy interprets Sonny Curtis' "Walk Right Back" in a most artful and easy way. The lightness and delicacy of the guitar is perfectly set atop a gentle rock backtrack.

My Way dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Shimmering tremolo and gentle drums reinvent "My Way" as if it is something completely new. It's as distant from the original by Claude Francois or the Frank Sinatra hit as The Sex Pistols' version, but in the opposite direction of course. Very pretty.

Bulldog dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

It always seems to me that The Fireballs' music is best interpreted by regional artists. It's certain from listening that The Knights "get it!" Pure luscious instro you.

Tiempos Malos (Hard Times) dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lovely guitar lines with gentle whammy give "Tiempos Malos" such an easy feel. Relaxed and very easy to like, this track floats on a soft-rain afternoon. Bluesy and excellent.

Yellow Bird dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This classic piece of music is just lovely! This song is hard not like anyway, and when Rich Stewart lays his considerable guitar artistry to it, it just hooks right into your heart. Simple, direct, and absolutely wonderful!

A bit of history: "Yellow Bird" is most often remembered from Arthur Lyman's 1961 exotica hit, it actually dates from 1893 when Michel Mauleart Monton wrote music to accompany Oswald Durand's 1883 poem "Choucoune."

Walk Don't Run, Too dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an interesting adaptation of Johnny Smith's "Walk Don't Run," partly inspired by his early fifties creation, partly by more familiar hits from Chet Atkins and The Ventures, but in large part, "Walk Don't Run, Too" is from the heart. Simple nice and easy on the nerves.

Afterglow dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The island imagery is unmistakable in this original instro. "Afterglow" is soft and seashore friendly, with a delicate backtrack and lovely Ventures whammy. Very pretty.

Soul Searching dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Choral keys and soaring rock guitar provides a modern wash of synthesized sounds with an orchestral flair. Big drama, with lush ambiance. "Soul Searching" is unlike the rest of this album.