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Lawrence Welk - Scarlet O'Haradotdot
artworkNow, I know what you're thinking, and you're mostly right. Yet, Lawrence Welk had several good guitarists over the years. Not all were cheesy elevator operators. Here, we find the bubble machine targeted at Pipeline and Scarlet O'Hara. Makes you wanna go right out an buy some suds.
Picks: Scarlett OÕHara, CanÕt Get Used To Losing You, Puff (The Magic Dragon), The Good Life, Sukiyaki, Pipeline, Breakwater, I Love You Because, Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport, The Tip Of My Fingers, Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer, 18 Yellow Roses

Track by Track Review

Scarlett OÕHara dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

This great song stands up to many assaults, even Lawrence Welk. While it's pretty fluffy, it's also guitar dominated. It doesn't really fall apart until the absurd clarinet solo.

CanÕt Get Used To Losing You
MOR (Instrumental)

Egads, what an MOR fluff-mare. I'm buying the first round of Dramamine.

Puff (The Magic Dragon)
MOR (Instrumental)

Jeepers, Lawrence Welk does a dope song. From chorus to plucked violins, this is purely insipid.

The Good Life
MOR (Instrumental)

Where's Vic Damone and Tony Bennet when you need them, and just when would that be? Really slushy, with big strings and softer than soft tones.

MOR (Instrumental)

This can be surfed up, but then so can anything melodic. Making even the original Japanese hit sound aggressive, this languishes in the backwater of small town B-movie USA.

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Surf MOR (Instrumental)

OK, here's the whole reason for owning this LP. Lawrence Welk does "Pipeline" with decent guitar, though dry with shallow vibrato instead of reverb, and a solid and very respectful beat. You wouldn't expect the bubble master to "get" surf, but he does. The strings are not unlike those Dick Dale used on "Miserlou Twist," and seem to actually work with the tune well. Surprisingly cool.

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Country MOR (Instrumental)

This tune is more country than surf in arrangement. If it weren't for the waves crashing, you'd think you were in Nashville with Chet Atkins. Spunky and fun, but pretty tame.

I Love You Because
MOR (Instrumental)

Strings, gauze filtered black and white romance, and soft southern willows... a backdrop to the "global village" way of thinking. Can't we all just get a longboard?

Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport
MOR (Instrumental)

Rolf Harris' "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" gets the non-offensive retirement home treatment. No wobble board, no digiridu, and no Survivors in the outback.

The Tip Of My Fingers
MOR (Instrumental)

On "The Tip Of My Fingers" is an unknown smudge obtained while doing indecent things... no, not really. Old Yeller sentimentality with guitar.

Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer
MOR (Instrumental)

Nat King Cole's hit finds an even softer arena to play in... Life viewed through rose colored glasses.

18 Yellow Roses
MOR (Instrumental)

Not a dozen, not even 15, but "18 Yellow Roses" for who knows what. Squishy, unintrusive, and unremarkable.