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The Moontrekkers - The Moontrekkers Collectiondotdot
The CD opens with an intro from Boris Karloff, sound effects, spooky music and all. There were times when Joe Meek's sense of production was brilliant, and then there were sessions like these. Mostly just gimmicky, lacking the magic of the Tornados or Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers. Almost entirely cheesy and over tweaked.
Picks: Night Of The Vampire, The Bogey Man, Hatashiai, Return Of The Vampire, Melodie D'Amour, There's Something At The Bottom Of The Well, Sunday Sunset [Moondust demo], John Brown's Body, Grandfather Clock, Moondust, Night Of The Vampire

Track by Track Review


Night Of The Vampire dotdotdotdot
UK Near Horror (Instrumental)

This is one grodie scary Halloween tune from Joe Meek's Moontrekkers circa 1961. Intense, weird, and thumpy stompy. The guitar borders on surf in places where the reverb is used slightly and the notes damped. Truly inspired!

The Bogey Man dotdotdot
UK Near Horror (Instrumental)

Hokey twerpy fee-fi-fo-fum keys under near surf guitar plucking, which uses a dragged out chord progression to create a tweaky riff. The effects are cheesy horror stuff. It's a cool composition, but way too gimmicky an arrangement.

Hatashiai dotdot
UK Near Horror (Instrumental)

Twirly guitar effects give this an eerie edge, but the overall effect is just weird. melodic, but too far into the abstract sound wise.

Return Of The Vampire dotdotdot
UK Near Horror (Instrumental)

Gimmicky and predictable, yet with some endearing nonsensical effects. "Return Of The Vampire" borders loosely on the Tornados' sound, but never quite rises to their level. Slow and plodding.

Melodie D'Amour dotdot
UK Near Horror (Instrumental)

"Melodie D'Amour" is sorta country, and all gimmicky. The effects and production are the whole focus here, obscuring the fluffy MOR melody and cool backtrack.

There's Something At The Bottom Of The Well
Nitzsche Rock (Instrumental)

Splash, water bubbling, tweaky keys, and a "Farmer In The Dell" riff with shouts and stuff. Just fluff.

Sunday Sunset [Moondust demo]
UK Near Horror (Instrumental)

Whistlin' organ leads this slow motion processional. Falls significantly short of interesting.

John Brown's Body
UK Near Horror (Instrumental)

Choppy organ is a moldering' in the grave of rock 'n' roll, and no one is listening. This is just awful! Totally cheesy and chumpy. The only bright spot is the few lines of double picked guitar.

Grandfather Clock dotdotdot
UK Near Horror (Instrumental)

Whammy chords distorted via tape warble give this a disturbed edge. Heavily echoed, yet perhaps a bit aquatic. This is the most "normal" track here.

Moondust dotdot
UK Near Horror (Instrumental)

Slow and moody, and fronted by the organ, "Moondust" seems like an attempt to clone the Tornados in an elevator vein.

Night Of The Vampire dotdotdotdot
UK Near Horror (Instrumental)

This is one grodie scary Halloween tune from Joe Meek's Moontrekkers circa 1961. Intense, weird, and thumpy stompy. The guitar borders on surf in places where the reverb is used slightly and the notes damped. Truly inspired!