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Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum - Welcome To Instrumental Asylumdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a pretty interesting record. The sound is big guitar loud trio. There's more variety than the structure would suggest, and some very strong moments.
Picks: KangaRoux, Apache, House Of The Rising Sun, St. James Infirmary Blues, Surfing The Syncrotron, Sandy Feet, Medina Wedding Blues, Nuages, Shake-N-Stomp, Incident At Docklands, Geronimo, Go! Go! Trip, Stomping At Steves, Fleetwood Mac, Loved Another Woman, The Ninth Wave, Walk, Don't Run, Sleep Walk

Track by Track Review

KangaRoux dotdotdot
Big Twang (Instrumental)

This is a loud and catchy riff rocker that's commanding and cool. Great drums and a very big sound.

Apache dotdotdotdot
Big Twang (Instrumental)

This is a splendid and aggressive arrangement of Jerry Lordan's "Apache." Great drums, intense guitar, and the bridges are very cool, as are the breaks. This song has been done so many times, most often not very interestingly, but this arrangement is right up there. It has more of a big guitar Austin sound, with lots of silky intensity.

House Of The Rising Sun dotdotdotdot
Big Twang Blues (Instrumental)

This version of "House Of The Rising Sun" is based on the Animals' cover, but it has completely different sound and fury. Huge guitar, intense energy, and very emotional. Very bluesy and intense.

The following is liberated from The Straight Dope's page on the song. I found it insightful and in accord with my own memories from when the Animals' song was on the charts. "According to folklorist Alan Lomax in his book Our Singing Country (1941), the melody of "The House of the Rising Run" is a traditional English ballad and the lyrics were written by Georgia Turner and Bert Martin (both from Kentucky). The song was first recorded in the 1920s by black bluesman Texas Alexander."

St. James Infirmary Blues dotdotdotdot
Blue Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very pretty and atmospheric interpretation of "St. James Infirmary Blues." Joe Primrose's classic blues, once a hit for Louie Armstrong, is liquefied and very flowing.

Surfing The Syncrotron dotdotdotdot
Big Twang Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfing The Syncrotron" is a large sounding number with a great bridge, big whammy chords, and a bluesy edge. Its power is unmistakable. The riff gets a little repetitious, but the changes in the breaks make up for it.

Sandy Feet dotdotdot
Blue Twang (Instrumental)

"Sandy Feet" is a blues rockin' romp with intense sound. It's a loud blues with that's powerful in its own way.

Medina Wedding Blues dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"Medina Wedding Blues" is a fairly straight forward blues number with a bit of an edge. It lumbers along moderately.

Nuages dotdotdot
Big Blues (Instrumental)

Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" is done in huge electric blues fashion. Intense edge and sustain, along with string bending gives it a sort of spy feeling.

Shake-N-Stomp dotdotdotdot
Big Surf Twang (Instrumental)

This is a thoroughly modern rendering of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Shake-N-Stomp." It's very unsurf stylistically, yet conveys giant storm surf swirls. This powerful track sports some cool drums and a very loud sound.

Incident At Docklands dotdotdotdot
Big Rumble Twang (Instrumental)

Danger and thundering industry display intensity and a cool set of riffs. "Incident At Docklands" is quite large, with stinging whammy chords and very engaging parts.

Geronimo dotdotdotdot
Big Twang (Instrumental)

Hank Marvin's classy "Geronimo" is very interesting in the huge whammy delivery. Muted semi-cowboy rhythm and picturesque melody combine for a panoramic sweep of the room. The glissandos add a touch of surf.

Go! Go! Trip dotdotdotdot
Bouncing Twang (Instrumental)

"Go! Go! Trip" sports a playful melody line, hand claps, and an Austin feeling. It's melodic quality make it catchy, and the loudness gives it power.

Stomping At Steves dotdotdotdotdot
Cowboy Twang (Instrumental)

"Stomping At Steves" is a thoroughly delightful cowboy number with a great beat and infectious cowboy rhythm, plus surf glissandos and a decidedly happy face. Perhaps reminiscent of Buzzy Frets and his Surfabilly Orchestra, but a whole lot more intense. This is a great track!

Fleetwood Mac dotdotdot
Blue Twang (Instrumental)

Tribal drums and a sort of moody sound gives Peter Green's "Fleetwood Mac" a slightly splashy sound. The melody riff isn't varied enough to carry on alone, but in ensemble, it all comes together. Not at all like the original.

Loved Another Woman dotdotdot
Liquid Twang (Instrumental)

This is a lush slow blues from Peter Green. It's quite liquid sounding, with a sinewy guitar and gentle primal drums and bass.

The Ninth Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf Twang (Instrumental)

The Ventures' single "The Ninth Wave" is done nothing at all like the original. It's sort of low and trembling, not exactly surf, and yet it is. Not sure if that helps. The arrangement is slower and more sensual, yet the edge remains. Glissandos add a nice touch.

Walk, Don't Run dotdotdot
Big Twang (Instrumental)

The Ventures's 1960 arrangement of Johnny Smith's classic "Walk, Don't Run" is done with a big guitar feel and great drums. It's a solid track with edge and whammy and glissandos.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Big Twang (Instrumental)

This is a very loud version of Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk." Not at all sinewy and romantic, but certainly late night. Think of it as having a slightly dangerous aura, being a bit atmospheric, but not being gentle.