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Instrumental Newsletter # 23 April 2001-04-29
The Jet Blacks 2nd album issued on CD
Warner Music reissued one of the best Brazilian all instrumental LP recorded by The Jet Blacks on CD. All tracks originally recorded on 1963, were remastered. As a consequence, sound quality is superb! This album shows a more professional band, well rehearsed with a more detailed sound and musically skillful.
Front cover of The Jet Black's compilation CD
Zoe McCulloch - The new generation of instrumental guitar players
She is just 14 and is already a very talented guitarist! When she was just 10, she found the single Apache in her father's record collection. Since then, she decided to follow a musical career as a guitarist. She got her first Fender when she was 11 and since then she begun practicing all Shadows tunes, but with her own style and creativity. She has played with Brian Liquorice Locking (ex-Shadows bassist) and Barry Gibson (Burns guitar). In 1998, she was 12 and went to the studio for the first time and recorded 4 instrumental tracks in the CD Young stars, Firsts Steps. When she was just 13, she was invited to record a song with Jet Harris (1st Shadows bass player). On March 2000, Zoe come back to the studio and recorded the excellent all instrumental album on CD With Love, with plenty of Shadows tunes. His musical career is following now a new direction, which shows Zoes versatility on the guitar. She has recorded a mini CD with 4 tunes previously recorded by Abba.
Zoe McCulloch - The Queen of the Stratocaster
We feature lots of short news about Shadows related issues, such as the new Malcolm Campbell book (Shadows At Emi The Vinyl Legacy), short review of the CD Marvin Mastertrax Vol.1, Shadowmania event, etc.
Guitar Heroes Davie Allan
Davie Allan is known as the King of the Fuzz Guitar, the guitar effect which sounds like thousands of bees flying together. He started his career on 1963 with the single Warpath. On 1965, he recorded an anthological all instrumental album titled Apache 65 (Tower 5002) with a nice arrangement of the classical Shadows hit, plus 7 unreleased instros composed by Mike Curb. After his 1st album on vinyl (unissued on CD until today) Davie started a prolific musical career writing sound tracks for Hollywood B type movies, such as Wild Angels. During the 60s, 70s and 80s he has recorded many all-instrumental albums (some were reissued on CDs). In the nineties, Davie Allan comes back to the instrumental scene with excellent albums (The Wild Angels and Other Themes, Loud, Loose and Savage, Fuzz Fest, Bullseye A Sixties retrospective, etc.). His last album on CD was issued on late 2000 (Live Run, Total Energy Records, USA) and shows his powerful fuzz sound, recorded in front of an audience.
Davie Allan and The Arrows, in mid 60s
Rock Instrumental in the 21st Century - The Blue Hawaiians
The Blue Hawaiians are a surf instrumental band from California, composed of virtuosos musicians who do the best they can to keep surf instros alive and well in the new century. Created in 1994 by Mark Fontana, just to open the famous night club Lava Lounge, The Blue Hawaiians have their own musical style, in spite of their influences in the surf instros of the early 60s. The band has recorded 4 instrumental albums (on CDs) and are very active on the TV commercials soundtracks market. They usually open shows for The Ventures and Brian Setzer Orchestra, when these groups performs in the Los Angeles area.
The Blue Hawaiians
Brazilian Instrumental Bands from 60s The History of The Top Sounds
In the early 60s a group of teenagers from São Paulo, highly influenced by The Ventures, Shadows and Fireballs, decided to create an instrumental band to cover mainly Shadows and Ventures tunes. They were Afonso A. Labate (drummer, 18), Marcos Ficarelli (guitar and bass player, 16), Pedro Paulo S. Ulhôa (bass and guitar player, 24) and Silvio Armando C. Camba (lead guitarist, 19). The group used to play on famous rock and roll radio programs in São Paulo and do the ballroom circuit. In mid 1964, they recorded an all instrumental album (Hully Gully, Twist, Surf, Albatroz Records, LAP-6521) with creative arrangements for known instro tunes as Vaquero (Fireballs), Lullaby of The Leaves (Ventures), Driftin (Shadows), Wipe Out (Surfaris), etc. This is a very rare album among collectors and showed Top Sounds musicians skills. They used to manufacture their own amps and instruments. The group disbanded in 1965, when some members were called to the military service in the Brazilian Army.
The Top Sounds (1964)
We reviewed CDs by Vick Flick, Bert Weedon, Zoe McCulloch, The Stingrays, The Langhorns, etc.
INSTRUMENTAL NEWSLETTER - # 22
New Brazilian instrumental CD
Instrumental rock in France
In the 60's, the instrumental rock scene in France was very active with dozens and dozens of groups such as Les Champions, Les Aiglons, Les Sunlights, Les Players, Les Milords, Les Monégasques, Les Averns, Les Panthéres, Les Flash, etc. Most of those groups recorded only some some singles or EPs, but in general they were excellent. There were some studio groups such as Les Guitarres du Diable, Les Fingers, Les Four Dreamers and Les Drivers) which had some studio guitar aces as Leo Petit. In the early 60's, some UK instro groups (The Playboys, The Krewkats, The Gladiators, The Strangers) migrated to France to take advantage of the good instrumental scene in Paris. The sound of the French instro groups can be listened on the 18 instro CDs issued by Magic Records (France).
Les Four Dreamers, live in the Golf Drouot (France)
Guitar Heroes - Hank Garland
Walter Louis "Hank" Garland was born in South Carolina, USA. In 1945, when he was just 15, he was invited to play in the famous "Grand Opry" with The Arkansas Cotton Pickers. Hank played with the band until the Musician's Union found out his age. In 1949, when he was already a studio guitar ace, Garland created the famous country song "Sugar Foot Rag" recorded by dozens of country musicians. When rock and roll music was in the charts (mid 50's) he backed many famous rock and roll singers (Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty, etc.). He continues to be a guitar legend
Hank Garland in mid 50s
The History of Os Lunáticos
They were a Brazilian instrumental band from São Paulo, founded in 1962 by Mauricio C. Britto and Carlos E. Aun and highly influenced by the sound of Ventures and Shadows. They were very popular in the ballroom circuit. Their first name was The Mooners, which was difficult to remember by their fans. When they started their career on TV (1965) the group decided to change their name for Os Lunáticos (The Lunatics). They used to back some very famous Brazilian rock and roll singers such as Jerry Adriani, Roberto Carlos, Wanderley Cardfoso, etc. In spite backing some local rock singers during their recordings, Os Lunaticos (The Lunatics) never went to a studio to tape their own record. Some of their former musicians are still active, playing in night clubs, ballrooms, etc.
Os Lunáticos in 1965, photo taken São Paulo Airport
Instrumental CD review
In this issue we review CDs by The Supersonics, Betinho & His Group, The Ventures, Chet Atkins.
INSTRUMENTAL NEWSLETTER - ISSUE 21 - OCTOBER 2000
THE HISTORY AND DISCOGRAPHY OF THE JET BLACK'S
The Jet Black's were the most famous Brazilian instrumental band from the1960's. They started in 1961 as The Vampires playing in the ballroom circuits and some radio programs. They used to cover Shadows and Ventures tunes on most of their presentations and recordings. In 1962, a known rock and roll guitar virtuoso, Jose Provetti, joined the band as their lead guitar and changed the band's sound and history.
Jose Provetti (nickname Cat), was a well trained guitarist with three years of classical guitar classes. His music skills changed the sound of The Vampires forever. J.Provetti (Cat) did some changes in the band line up, inviting new (professional) musicians to join the group, and with a better repertoire, they recorded their first all instrumental album, titled "Twist", on 1962. This LP is considered by most collectors as the best Brazilian all instrumental album and usually is auctioned for about US$ 100.00, when found in mint condition.
The Jet Black's used to play on many radio and TV programs of the sixties, including the most famous rock and roll Brazilian TV show, from that time: Jovem Guarda. This program was transmitted live to many Brazilian states with a big audience and Jet Black's were the group hired to back most of the rock singers.
Their discography is really big, with records issued in Brazil, South America, Portugal and Spain. In overall 16 LPs were issued (including 5 compilations), plus 16 EPs, 15 singles, and five 78s. Only a small part of their original discography were reissued on compact discs discs (5 CDs).
The group disbanded officially on mid 90's after recording their last tune: a new version of Apache. Two Jet Black's founders have passed away already: Jose Provetti (Cat), original lead guitarist, died on 1996 and Jurandy Trindade Abreu da Silva, original drummer, died in 2,000.
The Jet Black's complete history and discography can be
read for the first time, in the Instrumental Newsletter, October 2,000 issue.
INSTRUMENTAL NEWSLETTER - ISSUE 20 JULY 2000
New Brazilian surf instrumental CD
A new Brazilian all instro CD was issued on April 2,000 by XQuality Records (XQ0003, 2,000). Recorded by a trio of well experienced studio musicians: Ricardo Melchior (lead guitar, ex-The Jet Black's), Nene Benvenutti (bass, ex-Incriveis) and Gino (drums). The CD "Surfin'Guitar" has 15 tracks. Most are known instro covers but with clever and new arrangements and fantastic playing. It can be ordered from RICARDOMELCHIOR@aol.com.
On May 27th, it was held in Camberley, Surrey (UK) - Shadowmania 2,000, the biggest world event dedicated to the Shadows fans. Instrumental groups from France (Guitar Express), Belgium (Guitar Syndicate) and UK (Jet Harris & The Rapiers) played a selection of old Shadows tunes. Young guitarists as Nick Kellie (16) and Zoe McCullough (just 14!) have shown why the instrumentals will survive in the next century! The last band to perform was Bruce Welch & The Moonlight Shadows, with Alan Jones and Cliff Hall (two ex-Shadows musicians). Read complete Shadomania report in our July edition, written by Rob Humphreys, our web master.
Zoe McCullough & Jet Harris live in Shadowmania 2,000)
The American Shadows
They were a very active Braizilian instrumental band in the mid sixties, mainly in the ball room circuit. Their main inspiration, was The Shadows music, of course. But, they were not a Shadows cover band. They had their own repertoire of instrumentals composed by their musicians. On 1967, they recorded their 1st EP with 4 songs, which were well accepted by the local media. Unfortunately the group disbanded in early 1968, because most of their musicians joined the Brazilian Army (military service). Fortunately, they joined together in 1999 with their original line up and are playing again and recording a new album on CD. Read their story and discography in our July edition.
The American Shadows (Brazil)
Guitar Heroes - Jet Harris summarized biography
Terry (Jet) Harris has been one of the most controversial musician in the history of the rock instrumental. His career has been marked by highs and lows since he joined The Drifters (Shadows), in 1959 to replace Ian Samwell. He played with The Shadows from 1959 until 1962 when he left the band to follow a solo career. He recorded some excellent all instro albums, and his trademark is the sound of his 6 strings baritone guitar. He is playing again in UK backed by The Rapiers. Read Jet Harris complete story in our July edition.
Jet Harris in the 60's)
In our July 2,000 edition we reviewed instrumentals CDs by The
Light Valley Shadows (Sweden), The Sparks (Brazil), The Youngsters (Brazil), Luizinho
& Hys Dynamites (Brazil), Kadu Lamback (Brazil), Nick Kane (UK), Djanir & His
Group (Brazil), Pollo del Mar (USA), The Firebalss (USA), Autoramas (Brazil), The Rapiers
(UK), Hank Marvin (UK) and 3 Balls of Fire (USA). Read complete CD reviews and
recommendations in our July issue.
ISSUE 19 - APRIL 2000
For the first time, since we have started to publish our Newsletter we attended two rock instrumental conventions held annually in London by the Duane Eddy UK Circle of Friends (DECUK) and by the Pipeline Magazine. Both Conventions are very well known by most of the European instrumental collectors and are an excellent opportunity to meet old friends,buy lots of CDs and rare vinyls, memorabilia, and of course watch some excellent instrumental bands performing Duane Eddy, Shadows, Ventures, etc instro tunes.
Both Conventions are held annually during Easter Sunday at the International Students House, in downtown London, and they are a must for instro collectors.
Duane Eddy UK Circle Of Friends
The 22nd DECUK Convention started at 12.15 on April 23rd, 2000, when Arthur Moir, the President of DECUK (the Duane Eddy British fan club) invited the audience (estimated on 150-200 persons) to watch some nice videos with a very rare Duane recording, "El Corrido", a nice Spanish tune.
After that introductory video, Arthur presented us a nice surprise: an edited version of an episode of "Have Gun, Will Travel" the famous TV western film, from 1962 with Richard Boone as the main star and.....Duane Eddy as an actor (not bad) !!! The history was the usual western story showed on most western movies but it was nice to watch Duane on his early twenties performing that movie film. Excellent!
Arthur Moir presented us also many other videos by Duane playing on some US TV shows, including a full version of the recent "Witness Story - The Twang Years" aired on April 5th, 2000. Fantastic! After some videos, plus an interval to buy more CDs, LPs, memorabilia, some Cokes, Arthur came back to the stage and announced the great "The Twang Gang" band composed by pro and amateurs musicians that have emulated that twang sound. The group was composed of : Philip Pell, Dave Gibbons & Rod Carter lead guitar, Martin Waller sax, Mike O´neil keyboards, Steve Dalton bass, Lloyd Ryan drums e Spencer Scott steel guitar. Their repertoire: The Avenger / MoovinnGroovin / 40 Miles of Bad Road / Sidewinder / Detour / Peter Gun / Shazam / Toe Hold Side Slide / Last Dance / Theme From Dixie / Sugarfoot Rag / The Twist / Twisting Off A Cliff / You Are My Sunshine / Night Prowler / Blowing Up A Storm / Honky Tonk / Yep! / Rebel Rouser and Ramrod.
The Twang Gang
The Pipeline 2000 - Rock Instrumental
The 8th Pipeline Rock Instrumental Convention was organized by the editors of the Pipeline magazine, Alan Taylor & Dave Burke. It started by 4.00 PM, after the finish of the DECUK Convention. The Pipeline Convention has a different focus. It's main objective is to divulgate the sound of the current rock instrumental bands from Europe, US and Canada beyond to be an important meeting point for collectors of all around the world.
This year, four excellent instrumental bands performed on the stage of the International Students House: They were: The Centurions, The Falcons, The Hunters & The Rapiers.
The Centurions are a very good group composed by Dave Gibbons (lead guitar), Vic Cross (bass), Martin Waller (sax), Ivor Knight (drums) and Mike O´Neill (ex-Nero & Gladiators, from 1960's) at the keyboards. Their repertoire: The monkey farm / Yeh yeh / Raunchy / Beatnik / Last night / Bleak House /Czardas / Tovarich/ Hall of the mountain king / Light cavalry / Hoots mon / Entry of the gladiators / Boots. They did an excellent presentation
The Falcons came from Quebec, Canada, with Mike Beddoes (lead guitar), Gary Schnepper (rhythm guitar), Bill Bonney (ex-Fentones, on the bass) and Andre DesLauriers (drums). Their repertoire: Hell's gate / Wake up / Apache / Rebel jukebox / Joker's wild / Moonlight / Half nelson / Highway 99 / The Mexican / Shadowland / Cruel Sea. Mike Beddoes is a guitar virtuose with a playing style similar to Mark Knopfler, from Dire Straits. With his Fender Jaguar, Beddoes presented us some tunes from Falcons previous and next album on CD.
The Hunters presentation was really very good. With their original lead guitarist from 60's (Brian Parker) the group performance was terrific. It was real emotional to listen to tunes like Teen Scene and Runaway, from Hunters albums from 1960's. Their repertoire: Teen scene / How's m'chicks / Swinging shepherd blues / The storm / Golden earrings / Petite fleur / Medley ; Moanin' / Green onions / 'Round midnight / Tequila / Runaway / Teen scene.
The Rapiers presentation couldn't be better! With a Shadows based repertoire composed of the tunes Shadoogie / Dance on / Pipeline / Raining in my heart / Telstar / Bossaroo / Saturday night at the duckpond / FBI / Gonzales, the band leaded by Colin Pryce-Jones is highly professional, very well rehearsed, with excellent musicians. The Rapiers are going to launch a new album very soon!
Hank Marvin - Live At Hastings
On April 26th, 2000 we went to watch the Hank Marvin show at Hastings, about 90 miles from London. We had the opportunity to travel together with Robert Humphreys, our friend and web master and Nick Kellie, a brilliant 17 years old guitarist. After a 3 hours driving (due to the London heavy traffic) we arrived at the White House Rock Theatre at Hastings, a nice town on the UK coast.
The show started at 7.30 PM when Hank's group came on stage: they were: Ben Marvin (rhythm guitar), Matthew Letley (drums), Warren Bennett (keyboards) and Mark Griffiths (bass).
Hank started his show playing a nice arrangement of "Shindig". Then came, "Young lovers/Live and let die/Dance on/Find me a golden street/Sound of silence/A hard days night/Argentina/Atlantis/It doesn't matter anymore/Lucille-Rip it up-Blue suede shoes/Oxygene/Pipeline/Mustang/Gonzales." This 1st set lasted around one hour.
Hank Marvin, Paris Olympia March 17, 2000
After a 20 minutes break for some sandwiches, Cokes, etc. started the second half with "TheGood Bad And the Ugly" then came, "Man Of Mystery/FootTapper/James Bond Theme/From Russia With Love/Guiness/Nivram/Jessica/ Guitar Tango/Cavatina/Flingle Bunt/Riders In The Sky/ Wonderful Land/We Say Yeah/Apache."
Hank Marvin, Paris Olympia March 17, 2000
Unfortunately we were not allowed to take pictures from Hank Marvin show at Hastings. However, thanks to Eliano D 'Antoni who watched Hanks presentation at the Paris Olympia, just one week before Hasting's show, we are able to present some photos to illustrate this report.
(We thank George Geddes, Jim Grant and Jim Nugent for the DECUK and Pipeline instro groups playing listings. A special thanks to our friend and web master Robert Humphreys for everything he did helping us to materialize this wonderful trip to UK)
January 2000, Issue 18, Volume 5
THE TIGHTROPE -
INSTRUMENTAL SURF MUSIC IN SÃO PAULO
The Tightrope are a surf instrumental trio composed of Benedito da Silva (lead guitar), João Rinard (rhythm guitar) and João Maurício (drummer). Benedito (Benny) and Rinardi are veterans from the sixties. In 1962, they created an instrumetal group, THE LEADERS, who used to play the ballroom circuits. Since 1995, THE TIGHTROPE are performing in São Paulo city, with the show "Surf Music - The Big Wave". The group is playing regularly in colleges,
theatres, ball rooms, etc.
NOKIE EDWARDS IS BACK
WITH FOUR NEW JAPANESE CDs
In September and October 1999, King Records label (Japan) issued four new instrumental CDs by Nokie Edwards. The first CD (Slaughter On 10th Avenue, King KICP 8516) is a compilation of old Ventures tunes. The second CD (Plugged & Unplugged, King KICP 701) was recorded in Nashville, USA with American musicians and has 6 excellent tunes performed on the acoustic guitar. The third CD (1991 Live At Yakult Hall, King KICP 702) presents a performance of Nokie, recorded live at the famous Yakult Hall, Japan on 5 May 1991. The fourth CD (1992 Live At The Blues Alley, King KICP 703) also presents a live recording of Nokie Edwards performed on 8 October 1992.
HISTORY OF BRAZILIAN OBSCURE INSTRUMENTAL GROUPS FROM 1960s
Review of some very rare Brazilian singles, EPs and albums released in the sixties by very obscure groups such as The Condors, The Kingstones, The Bottles, The Crazy Boys, The Black Boys, The Tip Top's, The Titans, The Sparks and The Revolution. At that time, lots of teenage groups were hired to record just a single or an EP. Some of them (The Tip Top's,
The Titans, The Revolutions, etc) recorded just one album and disappeared. Most of their records were issued by obscure labels that do not exist anymore and do not present any detail about the group members, their city of origin, recording date, etc,. As a consequence, it is difficult to track their history. This report reviews these rare recordings and presents some of the group's data, supplied by some collectors.
GUITAR HEROES - CLIFF GALLUP
A summarized Cliff Gallup's biography taken mainly from some of Gene Vincent and Cliff Gallup's Internet sites. Gallup has influenced many guitar players such as Eric Clapton, Hank Marvin and Jeff Beck who has recorded an album (on CD) with Gene Vincent & Bluecaps' tunes, just to pay homage to Cliff Gallup. In spite of being a guitar legend, he was a very modest guy and as per his request no single word about his playing with The Bluecaps, was included on his obituary. Cliff passed away in early 1989, at a Chesapeke Hospital, USA. His guitar riffs are still echoing on most of the recent rockabilly recordings.
The original 1956 BlueCaps: Clockwise around Gene - Willie Williams, Cliff Gallup, Jack Neal and Dickie Harrell
THE SHADOWS - EARLY DAYS (1958-1960)
Very interesting report about the early career of Hank Marvin and Bruce Welch, written by Rob Humphreys, our webmaster. Rob used to watch Hank and Bruce playing as a duo at the Coffee Bar Two I's, in London, before they founded The Drifters. Rob also watched the birth of The Drifters and gives many interesting details about that group composed by Hank, Bruce, Terry Smart (on drums) and Ian Samwell (on bass). Rob Humphreys reports the early performances of Cliff Richard & The Drifters that he saw in the late fifties. A must read article for any Shadows and Cliff Richard fan.
Written specially for our Newsletter by Rob Humphreys
INSTRUMENTAL CD REVIEWS
Instrumental CD reviews by Fez and Aqua Velvets(two US modern surf instro bands), Nokie Edwards (his latest CD issued in US), Miles Corbin (lead guitarist of the Aqua Velvets), Mustangs (their latest compilation album plus live bonus tracks) and Silver Strings (a band of just one
musician that plays all instruments: Matti Luhtala).
Volume 5 - Issue 17 - October 1999
FIRST CD BY OS ARGONAUTAS
THE MUSTANGS - ROCK INSTRUMENTAL FROM FINLAND
MAN OR ASTROMAN? 1999 BRAZILIAN TOUR
OF THE ARGONAUTS
HARRIS - THE RISE OF PHOENIX
HEROES - GEORGE TOMSCO BIOGRAPHY
Volume 4 Issue 16 July 1999
This issue was totally dedicated to the celebration of The Ventures 40th anniversary and contained:
The Ventures full history.
From 1959 1999 with extra focus on their early career (1959-60).
The Ventures Brazilian discography. Including the unusual track listing of the Brazilian LPs which were totally different from the equivalent US albums, with rare tracks such as Tarantella).
Review of The Ventures rare recordings. Including some unusual Brazilian LPs with different covers and tracks from the similar US albums plus review of Japanese bootlegs and Ventures In The Vaults CD series with comments of each track).
The Ventures biographies. With details of the life, career and participation of each Ventures member, including the less famous players, such as David Carr, Joe Barile, Bob Reisdorff, etc.
DON WILSON AND BOB BOGGLE THE VENTURES' CREATORS IN EARLY 60'
The Ventures discography on CD.
Issues by See For Miles (UK) up to July 1999, including comments on the the
correspondent US and Japanese albums.
Nokie Edwards complete biography.
NOKIE EDWARDS IN THE STUDIO
A full page review of Nokies musical career (with The Ventures and solo).
The Ventures US albums discography.
A complete listing of all American Ventures LPs issued from 1960 to 1983 (album titles,
serial #, recording company and release date listed chronologically).
Pipeline 1999 Convention, a
summarized review (with photo) of the latest Pipeline Instrumental Convention held in UK,
on April 1999.
(Report and photo by Alan Smith, UK).
Shadowmania 99 , a well detailed review of the latest Shadowmania event, held in UK on May 1999 including a full listing of all instrumental tunes played by all bands (Rapiers, Moonlight Shadows, etc.) at the event.
(Report written by George Geddes, Scotland).
- Review of Malcolm Campbells book A Guide To The Shadows and Hank Marvin On CD.
- Instrumental CD review, with emphasis on the latest Shadows CD reissues on digipack plus some of The Ventures CDs issued by See For Miles (UK).
Nine instro CDs by Susan & The Surftones, Jon & Nightriders, Eddie Angel, Les Baronics, The Torquays, The Woodies, The Shadows. etc., are reviewed.
THE VENTURES NEWS
GUITAR HEROES - Scotty Moore
A Brief history of the Electric Guitar
Hank Marvin In Concert 1998 - 40th Anniversary Tour