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The Road Runners - The New Mustangdotdotdot
artworkThis album is partly by the band that brought us "Road Runnah" c/w "Quasimoto." The majority of the instros are nothing like their grand single. Still, it's extremely rare and historic. While it was issued in 1964, I'm guessing the instros were actually demos for the 1962 single. Seven of the tracks are typical vocal harmony pop rod fare.
Picks: Mighty Mustang, The New Mustang, Road Runnah

Track by Track Review


Mighty Mustang dotdotdot
Host Rod Surf (Instrumental)

Relatively gentle double picking opens, and a basic riff surfer follows. It's an easy number that's more than a jam, but isn't really inspired. However, it also sounds like it was intended to be played loud intensely instead of restrained as this take is.

The New Mustang dotdotdotdot
Host Rod Surf (Instrumental)

A cowboy beat and a splendid little riff make "The New Mustang" very friendly indeed. "The New Mustang" is not at all what you might think it would be from the title. It's rhythmic, surfy, and even sports a couple of glissandos.

Detroit Filly dotdot
Host Rod Surf (Instrumental)

With a "Linda Lu" beat, bluesy feel, and jam lead, "Detroit Filly" is little more than historic. There's just nothing special going on here.

StompinŐ Steed dot
Host Rod Surf (Instrumental)

The blues provide the basis for "StompinŐ Steed." The lead guitar is almost lost in the mix, though the rhythm guitar is muted cool. The break is a mindless cheese ball of what the hell is this doing in here!

Road Runnah dotdotdotdot
Hot Rod Surf (Instrumental)

This is a completely different take of The Road Runners' 1962 monster "Road Runnah." Missing most of the sparkle, perhaps via poor production values. it nonetheless pricks up your ears. Boy or boy!