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Buddy Merrill - Buddy's Boogiedotdotdot
artworkBuddy Merrill was Lawrence Welk's guitar player. He recorded many albums of guitar music for non-rock audiences, often using Les Paul's overdub / sound-on-sound techniques. This home brew CD-R collects some of his more surfable-credible work. The purpose of this review is to raise a few eyebrows and lend credit where it's due.
Picks: Brontosaurus Walk, Poinciana, Misirlou, The Sheik, Take Five, Buddy's Boogie, Mr. Sandman, Perfidia, Lover

Track by Track Review

Brontosaurus Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very cool track for Buddy Merrill. It sports his dry chop rhythm guitar and a fluid lead. More than just a multitrack groove, "Brontosaurus Walk" is fun and infectious.

Poinciana dotdotdot
Soft Rock MOR (Instrumental)

"Poinciana" doesn't exactly rise to the desirable state, but the very idea of delicate plucks through an outboard reverb as a percussion device is quite curious. The guitar work is competent, and the melody surfable. It's the cheesy rhythm track that keeps this down.

Misirlou dotdotdot
Soft Rock MOR (Instrumental)

Miles and miles from Dick Dale's firehouse arrangement, and sporting circular second guitar meanderings, yet somehow enticing. Not exactly traditional, yet infused with Mediterranean delight and a rock-lite edge. Even the high register chop chord backtrack has merit in this arrangement.

The Sheik dotdotdot
Soft Rock MOR (Instrumental)

This is a later version (1965) of "Brontosaurus Walk" with more fluidity in the lead guitar. The orchestral accompaniment detracts some, but it still works.

Take Five dotdotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

This is a liquidy cover of the Dave Bruebeck Quartet's "Take Five," which lies somewhere between the fading surf of 1965 and the yet to be evolved psychedelic flow of Quicksilver Messenger Service ("Silver and Gold"). Very cool!

Buddy's Boogie dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fun country boogie hoedown with circular riffs and Chet Atkins inspired picking. Quite fun.

Mr. Sandman dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

This is live from television with the bubble master himself Lawrence Welk introducing Buddy Merrill's guitar solo. Buddy Merrill was Lawrence Welk's guitar player for a few years. Lotsa fun.

Perfidia dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

This is a bizarre cover of the Ventures' and Chet Atkins' covers of this big band classic. Buddy Merrill uses Echoplex for the first time here, and has more fun with the effect than the song. Orchestral and almost Greek sounding.

Lover dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

This is a multi-tracked 1965 remake of Les Paul's very first overdubbed commercial recording from 1948. While it's pretty MOR, it's also spunky and fast. Lots of fun.