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Ken Levy and the Phantoms - Ken Levy and the Phantomsdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a great release from Ken Levy and the Phantoms. the vocals are pretty forgettable, but the instros are very cool. It's a merger of two vintage albums from these guys.
Picks: Long John Silver, Ten Green Bottles, Durango, Windy And Warm, Ooie

Track by Track Review


Long John Silver dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Great rockin' drums and a "Perfidia"-like arrangement deliver a sparkling instro with great whammy chords and energy. "Long John Silver" seems part way between the Pacific Northwest and the Norse regions. Very melodic and enjoyable.

Ten Green Bottles dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The lead guitar has an oddly narrow sonic envelope , and the drums rock! The walking bass line and jammy riffs use every inch of energy the performance creates. The melody is part "Itsy Bitsy Spider," and part backwoods rocker.

Durango dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Durango" has a fine western-inspired melody and a traditional European guitar sound. The Spanish verses are very nice, and there are enough changes to keep the track interesting.

Windy And Warm dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

John D. Loudermilk's splendid "Windy And Warm" is done with a touch of reverb and a grin. The undulating riffs in this song always get me, and the muted second guitar creates a surfish feel. Too much fun!

Ooie dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

There's a sort of swampy feeling in this simple riffer. It's gentle pace and restrained sound are countered by great drums. While the tom toms rumble, the sax honks an occasional bit of saucy late night ambiance. Mostly a drum solo, "Ooie" is catchy and rhythmic. Did I mention great drums!