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Strictly Instrumental [Various Artists]

  • 1. Outa Tune - Big Four Quartet
    2. Downshiftin - The Ree-Gents
    3. Bandstand Rocket - The Twisters
    4. Chicken - Ronnie Cells Continentals
    5. Don't Call Me Flyface - The Reekers
    6. Spitfire - Harold & Bob
    7. Rockin' Hall
    8. Fast Track - The Sting Rays
    9. Road Block - Teen Rockers
    10. Ce'ny - Jerry & The Silvertones
    11. Vibrations - The Royal Jokers
    12. Tranquilizer Boogie - Rex Qual
    13. Rock-A-Mo, Pt. 1 - Billy "Echo" Adkinson
    14. Round Rock Boogie - Rel Yea's
    15. Chicken Rock - Scott Wood
    16. Devil's Run - Herb Kliebe's Nervous Kids
    17. Ghost Train - Electro-Tones
    18. Ducks Flying Backward - The Volk Brothers
    19. Dancin' Little Thing - Nick Riehle's Li'l Dynamite
    20. Torpedo - Rhythm Rockers
    21. Rambage - Rockaways
    22. High Time - Rocktones
    23. Teen Rock - Teen Rockers
    24. Workout - Journeymen
    25. Talking Crickets - Off Beats
    26. Scramble - Night Trains
    27. Wild Cat - The Sensations
    28. Beatnik - The Royal Jokers
    29. Robot, The - Continental Cousins
    30. All Keyed Up - Big Four Quartet
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 55066

  • Credits

    Buffalo Bop may occasionally slip some uneven rock & roll songs into its other collections, but when it comes to Strictly Instrumental, they've come up with 30 solid tracks, running the gamut of influences from country/rockabilly (the Big Four Quartet) and blues (Rex Qual) to Chuck Berry licks (Howie & the Crystals, the Sensations), and surf (the Ree-Gents). Not all of the bands present have distinctive characters, although a few are more accomplished than the others: "Ce'NY" by Jerry & the Silvertones, "Rockin' Hall" by Howie & the Crystals, "Workout" by the Journeymen (whose drummer sounds like Keith Moon on speed), and "Devil's Run" by Herb Kliebe's Nervous Kats show off players who obviously put in time and effort, and had the talent to make it show on record, and Rex Qual's "Tranquilizer Boogie" is distinctive as a blues-based instrumental in the midst of these surf and rock & roll sounds. The Eltro-Tones ("Ghost Train"), despite their name, are a country outfit with a heavy reliance on steel guitar, and are also among the truth virtuoso groups in this collection. Some of the bands rely on sax as much as guitar, but the axe is the main instrument on 85-percent of this collection. Strictly speaking, a few aren't really instrumentals -- "Bandstand Rocket" by the Twisters and "Chicken Rock" by Scott Wood certainly have voices, even if all they're doing is providing non-descript choruses. Most of these bands probably never got to play much beyond the counties in which they went to school and got together, and these singles are as close to immortality as most of them ever got. Still, they rose to the occasion, turning out two minutes each of generally exciting, often bracing instrumental flash. ~ Bruce Eder

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