lunes, 16 de enero de 2017

VA • Shazam! and Other Instrumentals Written by Lee Hazlewood



Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

One of the many hats worn by Lee Hazlewood is that of rock & roll instrumental pioneer. Working with guitarist Duane Eddy, he created a moving, grooving sound suited for wide screens and wide-open deserts, and soon their hits reverberated out from the pair's home base of Phoenix, Arizona, causing surf rock waves in Southern California and hot rod ravers elsewhere. Ace's 2016 compilation Shazam! collects 24 of these instrumentals, all written by Hazlewood and many produced by the pop maverick, too. Hazlewood had a cinematic ear rivaled only by arranger Jack Nitzsche and, unsurprisingly, they're responsible for the best moments here: singles that play as if all the splendor of a B movie were condensed into a 7" single. Compared to that, the cheerful, generic surfers can't help but pale, but even knockoffs of Eddy hits by the Rhythm Rockers and the Lively Ones showcase Hazlewood's knack for melodramatic melodies. Still, Shazam! is the most fun when it's overheated: when the studio orchestras swing with a smirk and the brass smears the tune, knowing that the feel itself is the hook.


Tracklist:
1. Duane Eddy – Shazam!
2. Al Casey – The Stinger
3. Duane Eddy – Stalkin'
4. Tony Castle And The Raiders – Salty
5. Al Casey – Surfs You Right
6. The Astronauts – Movin'
7. Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars – Challenger II
8. Jack Nitzsche – Baja
9. The Rhythm Rockers – Moovin' N' Groovin'
10. The Ventures – Rebel-'Rouse
11. The Lively Ones – (Dance With The) Guitar Man
12. The Astronauts – El Aguila (The Eagle)
13. Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars – The Phantom Driver
14. The Astronauts – The Hearse
15. Dick Dale & His Del-Tones – Angry Generation
16. Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks – Muchacho
17. The Challengers – Johnny October
18. Dino, Desi & Billy – Desi's Drums
19. Duane Eddy – This Town
20. Jack Nitzsche – Zapata
21. The Vanguards – A Stranger In Your Town
22. The Whisk Kids – Bo-Dacious
23. Billy Strange – These Boots Are Made For Walking
24. The Afro Blues Quintet – Some Velvet Morning

Release: 2016
Label: Ace Records
Genre: Rock, Pop, Oldies
Total Time: 54:49




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