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The Moe Greene Specials - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Moe Greene Specials have found a label home with Green Cookie, and it's a good thing too. Their moody and dramatic form of spaghetti western deserves a wide audience. Incidentally, a Moe Greene Specials is being shot in the eye, which is a Godfather reference.
Picks: The Vast Land, Maplewood Drive, Malibu Rendezvous, Quintana Sixteen, Rain Scene Take 9, Sacramento, A $1000 Ride Pt. 1, A $1000 Ride Pt. 2, The El Monte Case, Julia's Waltz, Santo Trafficante, Esperos De Oro

Track by Track Review

The Vast Land dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Rich throbbing vibrato and acoustic guitar dramatically introduce "The Vast Land" with a real spaghetti western sound. Slow and intense, yielding eventually to a horn section that makes the connection to the cowboy operas even more direct. Moody and sad. It winds up with a faster verse with great drums and energy.

Maplewood Drive dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Wonderfully textured acoustic guitar chops under electric guitar lead in this mid-tempo drama. The horns add sophistication and sadness. Heavy, yet ringing with emotion.

Malibu Rendezvous dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

This is a jazzy little scene of sundown at legendary Malibu, with an eye on smooth seductive sounds. Very sensual and enjoyable.

Quintana Sixteen dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

With a sense of danger and pomp, "Quintana Sixteen" seems ready for a film scene. More of a dramatic backdrop to a distant journey to destiny than a song really, but very effective.

Rain Scene Take 9 dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

"Rain Scene Take 9" is just what it seems - rain gently falls while a brief progression plays on acoustic guitar.

Sacramento dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

"Sacramento" is an adventure for the open road, with a real sense of motion and the wind in your hair. Very tasteful, and alive with breathing vibrato and rhythm. A splendid song that moves moderately fast, then drops to a slow ordeal of drama for the break.

A $1000 Ride Pt. 1 dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Nasty feedback opens "A $1000 Ride Pt. 1" against great drums and stinging whammy. Big drama and danger all around. Mid-tempo serious and moody.

A $1000 Ride Pt. 2 dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

"A $1000 Ride Pt. 2" starts out with a banjo and reverbed guitar chops, brings in a country rhythm. Once the lead guitar comes in, it becomes a cactus romp of pure pleasure. Very scenic, with wonderfully fluid guitar lines.

The El Monte Case dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Heavy thunder from tom toms and bass and low down throbbing vibrato, a slow pace that conveys utter sadness. More than a dirge, "The El Monte Case" is a stunningly visual track issuing up a scene of the journey to or from a funeral at Boot Hill.

Julia's Waltz dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Jaws harp and accordion bring on the waltz that lays out a sullen mood.

Santo Trafficante dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Castanets and ringing chords, then a Spanish rhythm and rich spaghetti western melody. A sad, yet sensual song with an enveloping sound.

Esperos De Oro dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

"Esperos De Oro" is a slow moving song of guitar and vibrato chords, horns and slight optimism after a down mood.