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Sound Bytes - Golden Guitar Instrumentalsdotdotdot
artworkThis is a home grown CD of very nicely done instrumental classics. No serious ground is broken, but a pleasurable listening experience is at hand. Most of the time, cover collections aren't really very interesting. This is not like that. Well played, nicely arranged, reverently played, and crisply recorded, these tracks are simply great listening. Try them with the windows down on a coastal highway.
Picks: Apache, Memphis, Honky Tonk, Pipeline, Telstar, Sleep Walk, Perfidia, Miserlou, Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, Tequila, Baha, Rumble, Out Of Limits, Surf Rider, Echo Boogie, Walk, Don't Run

Track by Track Review


Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based neither in the Shadows nor Jorgen Ingmann's versions exactly, "Apache" has a delicate Indian sound, and up front lead, and infectious rhythm. A very nice recording.

Memphis dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chuck Berry's often instrumentalized song, arranged much as Lonnie Mack did, but with a warmer and more liquid sound. Nice track.

Honky Tonk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bill Dogget's classy "Honky Tonk" slithers around the guitar with a liquid wiggle. Somewhere between surf and rock lies a place where the blues can ride the curl. This just may be it.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The opening glissando brings on a softly shimmering rendition of the Chantays' awesome classic "Pipeline." It doesn't have the soul of the original, but in it's place is steaming emotion ready to erupt lustfully on a hot summer's evening. Really quite nice.

Telstar dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a relatively straightforward modern rock interpretation of Joe Meek's satellite epic. None of the intense swirl of the Tornados' hit, but swirl nonetheless via guitar effects.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Slightly liquefied sinewy last dance shimmer. You know the drill. Lots of slithering notes and romance.

Perfidia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures followed up "Walk, Don't Run" with Alberto Dominguez' "Perfidia." This is pretty true to their cut, though significantly liquefied with reverb and whammy shimmer. Just very nicely done!

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In an age where "Miserlou" keeps getting faster and louder, it's refreshing to hear someone take the delicate road. This version lies somewhere between Dick Dale's 1962 single and the Challengers' cover, but smoother and more shimmering. The piano is right out of Bill Barber's original runs, played so well in studio by Leon Russell. Nice track.

Slaughter On Tenth Avenue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Just like the Ventures did it, but perhaps a little more deliberate and liquid. Excellent listening.

Tequila dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chuck Rio's often covered "Tequila" have a sort of smoothness about it that calls to the soul. Very nice track.

Baha dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood's "Baja" (spelled "Baha" here for some reason) is very nicely done. It has the delicacy of the Astronauts' rhythm track, the feel of Al Schmidt at the controls, and a smoother, more emotional lead. Wonderful.

Rumble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Rumble" gets lots of grodie interpretations, as well it should. This is perhaps more subtle, more clean. The song is flexible enough to be applied to any sound, and this works very well.

Out Of Limits dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Mar-Kets were a studio band, with a road version that was really the Avantis. "Out Of Limits" author Mike Gordon (Agates created a wonderfully infectious riff around which one can embellish and meander. The Sound Bytes play it fairly straight, but with a bit of a modern edge and largeness. Very nice.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based on the Lively Ones version, but with a little more crispness and a little less romance. Simply a nice track.

Echo Boogie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There were a hundred guitar instros based on "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" and very similar riffs, from the Virtues to Jorgen Ingmann, and so many more. Too fun, and very smooth.

Walk, Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the 1960 cauldron of the Pacific Northwest came the entire new sound of the Ventures as they created thee classic version of Johnny Smith's "Walk, Don't Run," based on the Chet Atkins version. The Sound Bytes pay homage to the Ventures with a very reverent and enjoyable track.