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The Viscounts - Harlem Nocturne c/w Digdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a magnificent single, issued in 1959, and charted in 1960 and again in 1966. The a-side is often thought of as the definitive version of this venerable Earl Hagen song. Essential instrumental gold!
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Dramatic Pre Surf (Instrumental)

The Viscounts' spectacular 1959 hit was a cover of "Harlem Nocturne" was reissued again in 1960 and 1966 after selling out of the first pressing. It features the very intense and sultry sax of Harry Haller, which drives this track with the danger of a back alley. The throbbing vibrato guitar adds to the ominous sound. This is one magnificent track.

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Dramatic Pre Surf (Instrumental)

What a pretty track. The Hawaiian steel second guitar sets the ambiance against which this fine melody is displayed. The melody hints of a haole on big island... splendid. Great tone and a catchy melody, and pristine performance and sound.