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The Shadow of Your Smile [Friends of Dean Martinez]

  • 1. All the Pretty Horses
    2. I Wish You Love
    3. House of Pies
    4. Chunder
    5. Armory Park / Dwell
    6. El Tiradito
    7. Given the Time
    8. Swamp Cooler
    9. Blood of the Earth (Or the Sun Sets Red in the West)
    10. Misty
    11. Ugly Beauty
    12. Shadow of Your Smile, The
    13. Per Sempre
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 306

  • Credits

    Friends Of Dean Martinez: Joey Burns (guitar, bass); Bill Elm (steel guitar); John Convertino (vibraphone, marimba); Van Christian (drums); Tom Larkins (percussion).
    Additional personnel: Howe Gelb.
    Picture a country presided over by Santo & Johnny (of "Sleepwalk" fame), where only Sergio Leone westerns are shown. That would be the environment from which a combo such as Friends of Dean Martinez might spring. Originally named Friends of Dean Martin, the band was forced by legal action to add an "ez" to disabuse any conceivable connection to the deceased Rat Packer.
    The Friends' all-instrumental repertoire features heartbreakingly smooth voicings of steel guitar, assorted vibes, marimba, and violin, along with a guitar, bass, and drums core. Steel guitarist Bill Elm (formerly of Naked Prey) and Joey Burns (also a member of Giant Sand) are the primary authors of the Friends' original numbers. Though they draw from the same stock as other bands in the loungecore/"Cocktail Nation" movement, theirs is a much edgier and darker concoction-windswept and dry like a scene out of HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER.

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (12/95, p.83) - " instrumental showcase of quirky charm and postmodern nostalgia. It would charm the pants off your grandparents....Friends Of Dean Martinez are a novelty act, but a novelty act with soul."
    NME (Magazine) (9/23/95, p.47) - 7 (out of 10) - "...worshippers at the shrine of St Dick Dale....downbeat, dusky truck-stop music for dust-swept lovers....a more achingly poignant record than Man Or Astro Man? and the like could glean from a lifetime's perusal of the `Tarantino Guide To Surf Pop'..."
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