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Roland Nordin - Guitar Woogiedotdotdot
artworkThis is the new remixed and expanded demo from Roland Nordin of Sweden's legendary Boots. Roland has developed a lot of guitar savvy over the decades since the Boots held sway. Within are 13 instrumentals written but neither recorded nor released in the ensuing years. Roland's writing and playing style are generally in the Shadows vein, but more scenic and moody. I'm glad he's still playing and recording his art. This is a fine set of music, with 13 instrumentals and one vocal, a soft treatment of "Georgia."
Picks: Guitar Woogie, Nice and Easy, Sonic Blue, Picknick, Vintage Cirkus, Nidron, Volga, Bootshadow, Hello Mr. Marvin, Backtrack, September Rain, Bearstreet Shuffle, Way Back Home

Track by Track Review

Guitar Woogie dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

As the title implies, "Guitar Woogie" is a jazzy guitar boogie woogie, with a friendly little riff. Within the limitations of the boogie framework, Roland Nordin meanders with feeling and a smooth delivery. Bouncy and fun.

Nice and Easy dotdotdot
Shadows Style MOR (Instrumental)

Free floating relaxed and warm, "Nice and Easy" is aptly named. A pretty melody drifts across an afternoon like a memory of a picnic past. It has an almost soundtrack feel to it.

Sonic Blue dotdotdot
Shadows Style Country Blues (Instrumental)

"Sonic Blue" is in a bouncy country blues vein, with a carefree warmth and a liquid groove. It could easily be morphed into a Sandals style surf instro. While it's light, it's not fluffy, but rather smooth and effortless, like an Sunday afternoon drive to nowhere in particular.

Picknick dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

This is a remake of an instro the Boots released as a single in the sixties. While non intrusive, "Picknick" is not lacking in friendly invitation. A pleasant journey.

Vintage Cirkus dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

More surfable than other here, "Vintage Cirkus" presents a watery image and a structure that's on the edges of surf. The melody riff is great. It's the kind of riff that sticks in your mind whether you want it to or not.

Nidron dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

What's in a name? Hank Marvin dubbed one of his tunes "Nivram" (Marvin backwards). That's what Roland Nordin has done here. This floating breeze of an evening song is lush, pretty, and relaxing.

Volga dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

This is another reworking of a tune the Boots released in the sixties. The melody riff is a little unusual, yet pretty friendly. Optimistic and light, "Volga" hints at the river's relentless flow, while avoiding the usual cultural references. Quite pretty.

Bootshadow dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

A cool ska back beat makes "Bootshadow" more bouncy and fun. The melody is a playful thing, with a warm forward looking feel.

Hello Mr. Marvin dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

A nod to the prime influence of so many European guitarists... respectful and fluid, with the right shallow tremolo and compressed twang. The melody is slightly Italian feeling. Quite pretty.

Backtrack dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

A bit of a spy or detective feel here, with a relatively free spirited bent. It reminds me a little bit of Perry Mason or something. Nice track.

September Rain dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

Long sustained chords shimmer in whammy on this fluid MOR number. Very smooth and romantic, and little playful.

Bearstreet Shuffle dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

Bumpin' bouncy with long sustain and round tone. "Bearstreet Shuffle" is sorta soft, yet not really background.

Way Back Home dotdotdot
Shadows Style (Instrumental)

Ringing chords go almost Hawaiian in their quest for the perfect MOR vacation. Pretty neat stuff.