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artworkIn 1968, when Odeon first released Love Sculpture's interpretation of Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance," the press thought it was a gimmick, that he had recorded the lead guitar over the backtrack running at half speed. They were firm in their belief that no one could play that fast. Dave Edmunds' double picked lead was an anomaly on the British scene. Obviously, they'd never heard Dick Dale. It topped the British charts at number six in November 1968. This most unusual of British instros launched interest in this excellent blues based band. This album was originally released in 1970, and was a much sought after import in the U.S. among those in the know. The band was Dave Edmunds - guitar, John Williams - bass, and Bob 'Congo' Jones - drums.
Picks: Farandole, Sabre Dance

Track by Track Review

Farandole dotdotdotdot
Post Surf Classical Rock (Instrumental)

Georges Bizet's classical wizardry unleashed for the first time... this is not all that far from where Get Wet took it 30 years later. Almost surf in it's speedy thrashy form, but certainly not sound or styling. Spiffy fun and flashy delivery. Way cool.

Sabre Dance dotdotdotdotdot
Post Surf Classical Rock (Instrumental)

In 1940, Aram Ilich Khachaturian wrote "Sabre Dance" as part of the ballet Gayane. While this tune was very familiar, it found sudden new life in this fiery blues driven, rock powered, surf structured arrangement. 30 years later, Get Wet would take off on this exceptional idea with their powerhouse rendition. This is the 11 minute version.