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artworkSam McCue was an original member of the Legends, who's "Lariat" has appeared on numerous period comps. As with all the tracks on this CD, the three instros have been brought forward from the Legends set lists for this 1998 release. These tracks are all new recordings, but capture the late fifties/early sixties with great reverence. Very authentic and enjoyable.

Vintage rock and roll vocals originally from the likes of Buddy Holly, Dorsey Burnette and Bruce Channel on this disc: "Say Mama," "Marionette," "Bop-A-Lena," "Hey Baby," and "I'm Gonna Love You Too."
Picks: Lariat, Gail, Late Train

Track by Track Review

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Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This cool obscuro is updated with great period reverence and impeccable credentials. This cool start-stop tune has a great melody line and an almost Mexican feel. "Lariat" is a mighty infectious fifties bison bop rocker, with plenty of cowboy and ample twango. This fine recording from 1998 is chunkier and cleaner than the original Legends recording. A great track.

Gail dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a flowing and beautiful instro with a fifties slow dance sound. Fine guitar work and echoed drums bring out the return of the the sock hop. The melody is very good, with a romantic edge. It was originally cut as the flip side of "Lariat," but did not make it to their LP or the recent CD reissue.

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Blues (Instrumental)

"Late Train" was originally written in '59, but not recorded by the Legends until 1962. It's is a somewhat jammy mid tempo fifties blues number with twang and charm.