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The Tielman Brothers - Totally Tielman - The Essential Collectiondotdotdot
artworkTen rockin' intros from one of indo rock's most dynamic bands. Some excellent tracks here, and given they are mostly from 1960, the drums are manic and powerful. I've long had a soft spot for The Tielman Brothers.
Picks: Black Eyes, 18th Century Rock, April In Paris, Night Train, Java Guitars, Little Hajens'chen Twist, Twistin' The Carioca, Black Eyes, Rollin' And Rock, Marabunta

Track by Track Review


Black Eyes dotdotdot
Indo Rock Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and silky version of "Yevhen Hrebinka (Chorni Ochi)." Dribbled double picking, shimmering tremolo, and an easy flow. Midstream, The Tielman Brothers double the pace, and Andy Tielman muted his guitar for a near-surf charm. While not the most dynamic or surfable, it is very cool.

18th Century Rock dotdotdot
Indo Rock Surf (Instrumental)

Classical melodies are easy to play in rock instrumental settings, and this certainly does not argue with that theory. Two guitars compliment each other, one playing lovely muted, chamber reverbed patterns. This is just too cool!

April In Paris dotdotdot
Indo Rock Surf (Instrumental)

Charming tremolo chords and surf chords oppose each other from across the speakers to open "April In Paris." The lead is sometimes delicately double picked, and the rhythm rocks with chop chord edge. Great drums round out the fill.

Night Train dotdotdot
Indo Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very bluesy version of a song that's been a rock'n'roll staple since its creation in 1951. The guitar slithers, the back track rolls, and the groove is totally fifties genuine.

Java Guitars dotdotdot
Indo Rock (Instrumental)

Double picked guitar, made frantic by echo, plays a rockabilly boogie with character and charm. The echo gives the muted section extra coolness. Rockin' cool fun.

Little Hajens'chen Twist dotdotdot
Indo Rock (Instrumental)

Gritty muted chip chords and long-echo Shadows-inspired twang. The chorus really ruins this, but the performance is spirited and precise. Very exuberant.

Twistin' The Carioca dotdotdot
Indo Rock (Instrumental)

"Twistin' The Carioca" is a hopped up interpretation of a traditional melody. Second guitar muted coolness, lead delay sustain, and an infectious rhythm section. I like this far better than I expected.

Black Eyes dotdotdot
Indo Rock Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and silky version of "Yevhen Hrebinka (Chorni Ochi)." Dribbled double picking, shimmering tremolo, and an easy flow. Midstream, The Tielman Brothers double the pace, and Andy Tielman muted his guitar for a near-surf charm. While not the most dynamic or surfable, it is very cool.

Rollin' And Rock dotdotdotdot
Indo Rock (Instrumental)

This is a raucous unissued romp. Superb drums and energy. Some vocal chorus lines, but "Rollin' And Rock" is mostly an instro. High spirited and a superb glimpse into the serious spunk of The Tielman Brothers. Too much fun.

Marabunta dotdotdotdot
Indo Rock (Instrumental)

Hard driving drums and gritty guitar deliver an engaging melody line. "Marabunta" is well suited to this band, and has been covered by modern surfbands, including The Anacondas.