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Rodney and the Blazers - The Complete Recordings 1660 - 1964dotdot
artworkFive instros lie between the frat house vocals on this CD. They musta been a rockin' band at the party... Reasonable sound, authentic attitude, and even some surfable ideas.
Picks: Summertime Rock, Warpaint, Oriental Nightmare, Dumbell, Long Walk Home

Track by Track Review


Summertime Rock dotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

1960 pre-surf madness, with the guitar playing low-E ultra vibrato, the piano tinkling, and then, the pace doubles and the sax wails. Gershwin's tune has seen many a reworking. Here, Rodney and the Blazers give it the raucous treatment, and it's a great vehicle a for budding surf band yet to be.

Warpaint dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Vibrato and Indian tom toms, a rockin' throbbin beat, and a raw sax. Mostly like a jam, it does drip authentic rock and roll.

Oriental Nightmare dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Overworked far east themes here and there, but mostly it's a throbbing vibrato bruiser. Nasty and crude, big in a small town way, "Oriental Nightmare" is a mighty cool bit of obscurity.

Dumbell dot
Rock (Instrumental)

Cheesy organ Las Vegas Grind kinda stuff... a riff and a walking bass line.

Long Walk Home dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a slow strollin' number backed by a soft sax. Nice melody and shimmering lead guitar. Very pretty in a bluesy kinda way. Even the chorus is OK.