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Shig and the Buzz - Double Diamonds Deluxedotdotdotdot
artworkThis beautiful CD has been out of print for too long. Finally, it's back with bonus tracks to boot. comes from two great people with impeccable pedigrees. The CD has been remastered, making these fine songs seems fresh and much more lush. The bonus tracks are very mono-like, with stereo reverb spreading them out a bit. Any fan of the British style, or guitar instrumentals, will like this fine release. Thank you Shig!
Picks: Lost Train, Cavalier, Run, Lost In The Shadows, The Bold And The Brave, Bigfoot, Memphis Stardust, Fog City, Swept Away, Rattlesnake, Vindaloo, Tumble Bug, Red and Blue, Snatch, Exit

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.

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!

Tumble Bug dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

"Tumble Bug" is a blues boogie with a very pretty melody. Sometimes gutty, sometimes fluid, but always moving forward.

Red and Blue dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This reminds me some of Blues Incorporated or maybe Fleetwood Mac. The "Albatross" feel is not lost on the fluid melody and moody reverb.

Snatch dotdotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

I recall hearing this on a cassette Shig gave me way back when. The delay sets up a sense of multiple guitars. "Snatch" is a singularly fun track with a lovely lead guitar and rhythmic track. It just may be one of the best of the early tracks from these masters of suave.

Exit dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

"Exit" is a bluesy number designed to step off stage to. A series of see-you-later chord progressions are accompanied by guitar lines that gradually develop into a tuff melody and rhythm. Once there, it becomes a really cool piece.