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Sir Clive and the Raging Cartographers - Guitar Safaridotdot
artworkSir Clive and the Raging Cartographers is Pete Prown, noted American guitarist who fronts the progressive rock band Guitar Garden. He also writes extensively about guitar music and its history. The playing on this CD is superb, but musically, Guitar Safari has nothing at all to do with surf, and for my taste, is way too tedious. It took multiple sittings for me to review it.
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Track by Track Review

Attack Of The Mysterons dotdotdot
Psychedelic (Instrumental)

"Attack Of The Mysterons" begins with really cool intense guitar. As it unfolds, it becomes a spy-like number that's often more riff than song, though once into the body of the song, its intensity and psych edges make it more interesting. I didn't like this at first, but it grew on me by the time it was over.

Guitar Safari! dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Bongos and exotic percussion set the stage for angular guitar chops and big whammy twang. Often stinging, "Guitar Safari!" is relentlessly in your mug. It's much more about the whammy sting than the song, yet the acoustic break really makes it come alive.

Haybale dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Steel twang and country fun permeate an otherwise peaceful gingham afternoon. More rockin' that pure country, less spiffy than Buzzy Frets and his Surfabilly Orchestra.

Evil Surf dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A gnarled distant glissando in post modern gloom brings on waterfront dementia. This conjured a scene from Surf Nazis Must Die via its relentless and dangerous inversions. While interesting, there's only the opening glissando to relate it to surf, and that's really rough.

Silla dotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

Luxurious jazzy guitar runs through a progression passing for a melody. At just over a half minute, it is in view for just long enough.

Sly Fox dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Employing the underlying signature riff from "Our Favorite Martian," this song just isn't up to repeated listenings. Too much guitar hero tone for my taste.

Aqua '63 dotdot
Jazz (Instrumental)

"Aqua '63" is a very jazzy number with occasional runs through the scale and pure jazz chords. It's pretty at times, but way too noodly for my taste.

Over The Top dot
Rock (Instrumental)

The drums are cool and the rock anthem tone and chords all seem to work in sync. "Over The Top" is a loud rock jam right out of the break of an fm rocker from the late seventies.

Quiet Blues dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"Quiet Blues" is very pretty. Its soulful motion and guitar lick are very pleasurable. Quite nice.

Hot Wings dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Slightly reminiscent of Ixt Addux if Uli Roth was induced to play along, "Hot Wings" is a cycling exercise that seems to be devoid of direction. Too relentless and unchanging for me.

Stratosphere dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lumbering drama and Pink Floyd-ish licks create a soaring scene of epic adventure. While its very well played, it seems too predictable and derivative.