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Colin V. Pryce-Jones - Guitar Heavendotdotdotdot
artworkColin Pryce-Jones is/was a member of the Rapiers, and is widely recognized as second only to Hank Marvin in the realm of British guitar instros. His lifelong guitar romance has culminated in this curious and well done melding of classic instro backtracks and classic Christian songs. This is utterly amazing, and thoroughly enjoyable. I'd expect Paul Johnson to love this too. Great!!!
Picks: Jerusalem, I Believe, Amazing Grace, Swing Low Sweet Chariot, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho, Praise My Soul, The Old Rugged Cross, All Things Bright And Beautiful, Peaceful, What A Friend We Have In Jesus, The Prodigal Drum, You'll Never Walk Alone

Track by Track Review

Jerusalem dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With the punch and general arrangement of Jet Harris and Tony Meehan's "Diamonds," this drives the message home with real Euro instro flair. It's an excellent track with guts and low-E guitar and great drums.

I Believe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Isn't this interesting. "I Believe" opens with a reverby glissando, then breaks right into a hard driving instro of expansive surf dimensions. The lead is double picked with edge. Colin says his influences here were actually the Chantays and Dick Dale, but it's much closer to a cross between the Guitar Ramblers and the Al Casey. Most Brits don't really get surf.

Amazing Grace dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wow, this is like the outskirts of a Miles Corbin island perfect dreamer, but it's the traditional Christian song. It's very pretty, and surfy, and well. The shallow string bending imparts that lagoon in the evening feel. Very cool. The style is a tribute to the Shadows, but underneath lies some faint Groundhogs influence as well.

Swing Low Sweet Chariot dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

back up by the "Perfidia" / Ventures sound, this is the best rock version of this I've ever heard. Exceptionally cool and remarkably enjoyable.

Will The Circle Be Unbroken dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Not since the Thirteenth Floor Elevators messed with this has it been so thoroughly revamped. "Let There Be Drums" to hold the circle together. Sandy Nelson would grin big time. Very nice!

Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho dotdotdot
Rock Surf (Instrumental)

Well, this is interesting. A mid tempo deliberate reverby treatment of "Joshua Fought The Battle Of Jericho" using an arrangement based on Nero and the Gladiators' "Hall Of The Mountain King." It opens with big thunder, and a beat character asking "who is this Joshua cat?" Amazing!

Praise My Soul dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

In the ringing guitar style of the Searchers and the Dakotas, this sounds like "Needles and Pins-a" under a classic melodic guitar line. Without knowing the tune, it would never be suspected. Nice move.

The Old Rugged Cross dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Producer Liam Watson achieved a reasonably good "Telstar" (Tornados) sound on this one. It brought a grin to my face when I heard it. The organ is the lead here.

All Things Bright And Beautiful dotdotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Colin's inspiration here is the postwar guitar artistry of Barney Kessel and Joe Pass. It's a jazzy interpretation, with a nod to the past masters. It's at the other end of the spectrum from the Goodies' rendition.

Peaceful dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The Shadows developed this echoed sound with tunes like "Haunting Guitar" and "Shadowland." The sound is a perfect vehicle for this melody. Very pretty and watery.

What A Friend We Have In Jesus dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

B. Bumble and the Stingers might have belted this out in a similar fashion, except with piano instead of distorted organ. The boogie woogie is very infectious and the melody completely unexpected. The organ is the lead here. It sports a tasty guitar break.

The Prodigal Drum dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big Shadows guitar a la "FBI" in the opener, and a backtrack right off of Tony Meehan's "See You In My Drums." There's both reverence and rock and roll here, boys and girls. Very nice track for the drum record aficionados.

You'll Never Walk Alone dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Using the fifties big guitar sounds influenced by British players Burt Weeden, David Ede, Dennis Newey, Dave Goldberg, Ernie Shear, Ivor Moraints and Eric Ford, Colin almost completely masks this standard. It's romantic and very interesting.