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Rick Rossano - Instrumental Institutiondotdotdotdot
artworkFlorida based Rick Rossano, backed by fellow Dillengers members Charlie Gonzales and George Anderson cut some awesome instros in the big guitar tradition.
Picks: Rumble, Good Bad and the Ugly, Harlem Nocturne, Surfing Espionage Suite, The Magnificent 7, Goldfinger

Track by Track Review


Rumble dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Link Wray and his Raymen's "Rumble" gets the compressed drum kit big guitar treatment for a nasty effect. The toughness is obvious, as is the edge. The arrangement is based on Link Wray's LP version, not the single.

Good Bad and the Ugly dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This is a smooth version of Enio Morricone's "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," with big sustained guitar, distorted to great effect. The big guitar tone and compressed drums make this an intense experience.

Harlem Nocturne dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Earl Hagen's masterpiece is based on the Viscounts arrangement strained through a guitar thriller. With guitar replacing the sax, the song takes on a nastier less romantic edge. Quite cool.

Surfing Espionage Suite dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar Spy Surf (Instrumental)

This surf and spy medley is a pleasure. While not particularly original, it is fun and surf worthy. Within, you will find "Pipeline," "A Shot In The Dark," "Peter Gunn," and "James Bond."

The Magnificent 7 dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar Surf (Instrumental)

Al Caiola's "The Magnificent Seven" gets the double pick treatment, and boy does it shine. Gutty, twangy, surfy, and growling. This is a splendid take.

Goldfinger dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar Spy (Instrumental)

Big twang spy theme music, oozing suave and warm chords, and dribbling picking. Quite a nice version.