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The Rapiers - The Return Of The Rapiersdotdotdot
artworkThis is a reunion CD issued in 1991 from England's Rapiers. their sound is based heavily on the Shadows, as you might expect. There are many vocals here, and some really nice instros too.
Picks: Return Of The Rapiers, Jack's Good, Breakfast At The Ace, Cuban Heels, Jazz At Jones', Shadowland, Early Morning Twist, Lynch Mob

Track by Track Review

Return Of The Rapiers dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This tune has a very vintage British sound, with the Echoplexed lead guitar and strong backtrack. The melody line is also strong, and the energy is high. It could fit into a surf set nicely.

Jack's Good dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This track is cool from a bass action view point, and the guitar whammies are stingingly hot. It has an unusual melody line that seems to sneak into your subconscious. Fun track.

Breakfast At The Ace dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

After a long and drawn out session of hot rod sounds, this track finally gets moving with a decent melody line and good energy. The guitar is intense enough, and the rhythm is moving enough. It is just a bit too repetitious for me to rate a 4.

Cuban Heels dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

A slower gentler instro with a soothing round guitar sound and a pleasant melody. Pretty and quite MOR.

Jazz At Jones' dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A pretty standard guitar jazz thing, nicely played but uninspiring.

Shadowland dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Soft and slow, "Shadow Land" displays an almost island mystique as it lightly flows. Most of the piece is played with dual note guitar. Very pretty.

Early Morning Twist dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

A pleasant MOR melody, mid tempo instro. Nothing special, yet it is more than listenable. The melody is nicely developed and the military beat quite spunky.

Lynch Mob dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A Faster track, very much like Hank Marvin might do it. It is an interesting melody, intensely played. Lots of energy.