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Valerock and the Vivisectors - Opening for Laika and the Cosmonauts (June 25, 2004)dotdotdotdot
artworkRussian guitar legend Valerock (Valery Shapovalow) is captured fronting the Vivisectors as they opened for Laika and the Cosmonauts in 2004. The combination of their well developed arrangements and sound, and his very personable and historic style creates a symbiotic sound that's very pleasing.
Picks: Apache, Cemetery Boogie, Africa, Cowboy Surfer, In The Mood, Venus

Track by Track Review

Apache dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a straightforward cover of Jerry Lordan's wonderful "Apache," based in part on the Shadows' arrangement, and part on Jorgen Ingmann's. While it's not particularly adventurous, it is very good, very well played, and features a fine band behind a Russian rock legend.

Cemetery Boogie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Valerock and the Vivisectors' "Cemetery Boogie" is fronted by Valerock, and it's more boogie-like, more vintage, but also pretty modern in the lead guitar tone and attack. Very nice.

Africa dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's something kind of sultry about the way "Africa" develops with Valerock on lead. It seems less a spy song this way. It's written, with a romantic sense of mystery and charm.

Cowboy Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Without the organ, "Cowboy Surfer" is a much more traditional instro. The warmth of the melody really comes out. Excellent!

In The Mood dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is actually a medley of several traditional rock instros in the boogie tradition, including "In The Mood." Infectious and bouncy, though a little low energy.

Venus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shocking Blue's catchy "Venus" is splendid in this instrumental arrangement. Melodic and rhythmic, and much appreciated by the fans. Very nice!