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The Rapiers - Spotlight Ondotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine compilation of vintage Rapiers tracks. Six vocals, nine instros, and an interview from Radio Caroline. The Rapiers have continued to be a vital and full bodied band.
Picks: Raining In My Heart, Saturday Night At The Duckpond, Jack's Good, Theme From The Avengers, Green Jeans, Spanish Armada, Peaceful, Early Morning Twist, The Lynch Mob Ride Again

Track by Track Review

Raining In My Heart dotdotdot
Soft Rock (Instrumental)

"Raining In My Heart" is a lush echoed piece with all the romance you'd expect from a UK cover of this MOR classic. Quite pretty!

Saturday Night At The Duckpond dotdotdotdotdot
Soft Rock (Instrumental)

This rockin' number pounds and twangs with big guitar echo and no shortage of pummelicious energy. This is a fast and hard driving version of this classic, and very cool! Even some double picked shredding is to be heard.

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.

Theme From The Avengers dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a speedy rock guitar version of the "Theme From The Avengers," with rolling military drums and thundering bass. Tuff and fun.

Green Jeans dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

Atlantics twang on green slowness with added (?). Fast and inspired, with demented guitar echo. "Green Jeans" is a rockabilly translation of "Green Sleeves." Infectious twango.

Spanish Armada dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A moody organ opens this funky plucky track. The Shadows basis is not overpowering, and the haunted echo brings a sense of risk. Thick production and a quaint British instro sound. Quite enjoyable. I don't detect a Spanish influence.

Peaceful dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a lush and liquid echo-guitar floater with a moody and spooky sound. The use of the tape delay is very cool. Verging on squishy without being mushy, if you get my drift.

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.

The Lynch Mob Ride Again dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

"The Lynch Mob Ride Again" is a large and twangy number with intense tape delay guitar and backtrack thunder. A fine song with plenty of pomp and drama.