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Lonnie Mack - The Wham of that Memphis Man!dotdotdot
artworkThis mid eighties LP release compiles some of Lonnie Mack's signature guitar sound. He was contemporary with the surf sound. While he influenced it from the side only slightly, he is often credited with being a primary influence, or more rightly a pioneer of power chord blues rock, though most of his material was cut from an upbeat country perspective.
Picks: Wham!, Suzie Q, The Bounce, Chicken Pickin', Down In The Dumps, Memphis

Track by Track Review


Wham! dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is one of the GREAT RI tracks out there, and it's taken its bloody time getting to CD. "Wham!" is just plain infectious. It's use of whammy, the early dominance of power chords, and the flights of joy in the performance are all top notch.

Suzie Q dotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

"Suzie Q" is a classic rock tune. From it's launch with Dale Hawkins in the mid fifties on Chess to it's long tortured glory under the Golliwogs (soon to become Creedence Clearwater Revival), this tune has inspired a ton of artists. Right in the middle of the stream comes Lonnie Mack to make it more bluesy and swirly, more fluid and artful.

The Bounce dotdotdot
Country R&B (Instrumental)

This is an instrumental treatment of the Olympics' vocal dance number, with Lonnie Mack's swirling guitar and a chorus. Fun, but not particularly great.

Chicken Pickin' dotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

Speed is the order of the day. This previously unreleased number wails... it's a rapid fire rolling blueser with flashy lead work, like B. B. King at double speed.

Down In The Dumps dotdotdot
Country Blues (Instrumental)

"Down In The Dumps" is a stilted bluesy romp, with an Eddie Angel feel and a swirling tone. It's a basic jam.

Memphis dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Like the Surfaris' "Wipe Out," "Memphis" and "Wham!" were recorded to consume twenty minutes of leftover studio time. Both were solid hits in 1963. This is a highly rhythmic track, infectious and playful in a post Chuck Berry world.