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Flash Sheedy - Golden Guitars From The Depthsdotdotdotdot
artworkFifteen instro from Australia's Flash Sheedy (Blues Cowboys and Blues Bombers). His roots are obviously in the music of the Shadows, the Atlantics, and the Ventures. This is a labor of love. There are only two surf instros here, but if you appreciate that Shadows-Atlantics sound, these tracks are worth your while.
Picks: Pipeline, Bombora, Theme From Submarines, Sleep Walk, The Savage, Apache, Peace Pipe, Amapola, Old Spinning Wheel, Walk Don't Run, Vaquero, Find Me A Golden Street, Ellymay (Star Of Tolerance), The Boys, Night Of The Vampire

Track by Track Review


Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a richly textured version of Brian Carmen and Bob Spickard's classic surf song. Arrangement wise, it crosses a bridge between vintage sound and modern edge. It is exceptionally pleasurable. The moderate pace is refreshing for modern bands, and the arrangement works really well.

Bombora dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Atlantics fiery "Bombora" is very reverent, with all the requisite fire and vintage Australian tone. It's more like the original than any other cover I can recall. Very nicely done.

Theme From Submarines dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lumbering pace and grodie twang whammy give "Theme From Submarines" a nasty edge. Imagine if Link Wray had been born in Oz... he might have turned out like this. Superb!

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Santo and Johnny's classic "Sleep Walk" is ever so reverent. The lap steel lead is really a nice change. So many cover this song and try to mimic the slide with whammy, or on occasion, a bottleneck, when it's clearly written for and requires the beautiful liquid bending of the lap steel.

The Savage dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Shadows' tune is done with lots of reverence and adequate edge too. It's odd to me how virtually every cover of this sounds like a cover. Why has no one seriously rearranged it?

Apache dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

While this version of "Apache" is pretty straight forward being based on the Shadows arrangement, it's just so nicely done that it doesn't seem to matter that it breaks no new ground. Simply a pleasurable listen.

Peace Pipe dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Shadows' easy going "Peace Pipe" is done with a love of the original sound and style. This is simply lovely, with some very nice delicate echoed muted picking.

Amapola dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Sporting lots of spunk and good-time energy, Joseph LaCalle's "Amapola" provides a joyous romp through the time warp. Very nicely played.

Old Spinning Wheel dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The throbbing of the pulsed left-right delay on the rhythm guitars creates quite a psycho environment for "Old Spinning Wheel" to be regenerated in. Bouncy and energetic, and with very fluid guitar lines, you'll find that the pulsing rhythms are the thing that takes this over the top.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Johnny Smith's claim to fame is done as if the Ventures were still in Seattle playing dives. OK, it's more modern than that, but I wanted to give you the flavor of it. This is a very good dry rendering of "Walk Don't Run."

Vaquero dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

George Tomsco and Norman Petty wrote "Vaquero" for the Fireballs, who definitively recorded it. Flash Sheedy plays it almost as if it was written for him. Dryer than the original, but very VERY cool!

Find Me A Golden Street dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Here's a very nicely done cover of the Fireballs' "Find Me A Golden Street." It relies on Hank Marvin-esq delay instead of chamber reverb, which gives it a Euro sound. Quite nice.

Ellymay (Star Of Tolerance) dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Ellymay (Star Of Tolerance)" is a sort of lumbering uplifting piece with a more modern sounding melody. A nod to the Shadows via delayed muted plucks and a gentle approach gives it an entertaining and endearing sound.

The Boys dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Shadows' song twangs with Euro warble and some cool tweakery. Big whammy chords a la Hank Marvin complete the bouncy polka-like sound. Quite fun.

Night Of The Vampire dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Horror moans as the draw bridge drops over the mote. The maiden screams, and you know it's gonna be in black and white. Goofy and fun, yet on the dangerous side. The string swipes are way cool, adding to the disquieting nature of the song.