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Shig and Buzz - Double Diamondsdotdotdotdot
artworkThis beautiful project CD comes from two great people with impeccable pedigrees. Peter "Buzz" Miller's roots go back to 1961 when he was a member of Peter & the Jaywalkers, one of the top UK instrumental bands of the early sixties. Buzz also worked as a production assistant to Joe Meek, and has worked with both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Peter now owns and operates Peter Miller Recording in San Francisco.

Shig (Shigemi Komiyama) has been a fixture at Mermen shows forever, even going so far as to fly them to Japan. He played drums with Hot Tuna for a spell, and was in John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. This CD boasts a variety of styles, focused mostly on the Shadows / Ventures general style, but carries the feel of the surf, if not the reverb and staccato playing. The combination of these two artists is magnetic. They share a mutual love of instro rock, particularly the British instro sound of the sixties. This CD is packed with splendidly written and beautifully played tracks. It is way past interesting and deep into must-have territory.
Picks: Lost Train, Cavalier, Run, Lost In The Shadows, The Bold And The Brave, Bigfoot, Memphis Stardust, Fog City, Swept Away, Rattlesnake, Sweet December, Vindaloo

Track by Track Review


Lost Train dotdotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This gradually accelerating track has a very sweet sound to it. The melody and delivery are exquisite. It has a rolling almost western beat underneath it. When the guitar duet begins, it becomes absolutely magical. A gorgeous piece of writing and playing. Each verse has a different slants on the idea, keeping it fresh throughout.

Cavalier dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

"Cavalier" is a really nice composition. It has a sorta Shadows take on "Mondo Cane" feel, with a very pretty melody, and exceptionally good guitar tone. This is one listenable track.

Run dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Whammy and a racing drum cadence under great guitar lines. This simply rushes into your gut and stays there. This is infectious, like the Shadows in their better days. Too cool.

Lost In The Shadows dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This is a swimmingly gorgeous track, with a lagoon feel, and a haunting melody. It definitely has a tribal air about it, while also being sophisticated. Gorgeous!

The Bold And The Brave dotdotdot
Big Guitar MOR (Instrumental)

Pretty and suave, and very British guitar oriented. Lush, and floating on spatial reverb.

Bigfoot dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This is just too cool! It's tribal drums, it's big guitar sustain and whammy, and it's infectious riffs, together with a Sandy Nelson kind of arrangement. Man oh man, it's hard to get it out f the CD player. Like "Let There Be Drums" with soul. Excellent!

Memphis Stardust dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Slow and silky, delicate and moody, and pretty. This has a spaghetti western feel, and a very memorable melody line. Quite nice.

Fog City dotdotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Gee, does the title speak to San Francisco? This is an infectious British guitar track, with an endearing melody and a haunted tone. Great rhythms and very good listening.

Swept Away dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This is swimming in Hank Marvinisms. It oozes the soul of the British instrumental. Friendly and very warm.

Rattlesnake dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This is influenced by the desert, the spaghetti western, and the Hank Marvin sound. It's mean, and also very enjoyable.

Sweet December dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This is definitely sweet. It is also very Shadowsy. melodic and pretty, and quite fluid.

Vindaloo dotdotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

"Vindaloo" is a very playful track. It has a low down soul, and an unusual melody. It blends the Brit sound with a sort of Adventures In Paradise feel, like the Challengers, only much MUCH smoother and more suave. This is one inviting track. It has a bizarre change of heart midstream, where it shifts into a sitar like thing with tablas, before dropping back into the main theme. The wah wah out towards the end is very tasteful. Wow!