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    I grew up and learned to play listening to Ventures, Lonnie Mack, Duane Eddy, Link Wray, and the original first generation surf stuff in the early/mid sixties. There was also Los Indios Tabajaras (sp), Herb Alpert, Chet, and others doing nice instrumental pop stuff - even Tony Mottola's pop albums. Whatever happened to this genre? I still like to hear/play it and some folks seem to like to listen to it. I do Apache, The Breeze and I, Walk Don't Run, Sleepwalk, plus some Shadows stuff on a regular basis and it brings back memories for some. I don't understand why this music is so out of favor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skip Ellis
    I grew up and learned to play listening to Ventures, Lonnie Mack, Duane Eddy, Link Wray, and the original first generation surf stuff in the early/mid sixties. There was also Los Indios Tabajaras (sp), Herb Alpert, Chet, and others doing nice instrumental pop stuff - even Tony Mottola's pop albums. Whatever happened to this genre? I still like to hear/play it and some folks seem to like to listen to it. I do Apache, The Breeze and I, Walk Don't Run, Sleepwalk, plus some Shadows stuff on a regular basis and it brings back memories for some. I don't understand why this music is so out of favor.
    Not flashy enough is my guess...

    It sounds quite old fashioned to the young folks although a lot of it is quite challenging to beginner/intermediate guitar players.
    I taught "Rumble" to a couple of teenagers and there's a lot in there for beginners: triplets, inserted 2/4 measures and such - stuff you'll be able to use further on down the road.

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    Hi Skip,

    I think it's only out of favor because younger guitarists don't even know it exists.

    I have a feeling that if they heard Lonnie Mack's version of Memphis, or The Surfaris playing Wipeout, or The Ventures playing Walk Don't Run, or Dick Dale's version of Misirlou they would think it was some very cool sounding guitar music.

    It's hard to be excited about or interested in something that you've never heard!

    Regards,
    Steven Herron
    Learn To Play Surf Guitar Music

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    Now that's tone. Extremely irritating, annoying tone, but tone nevertheless. I couldn't listen to all of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sgosnell
    Now that's tone. Extremely irritating, annoying tone, but tone nevertheless. I couldn't listen to all of it.
    Same here, so it's not just me.
    Made me think to early Joe Satriani, in worse.

    Listening to Brecker Brothers right now, if this can inspire some of you ...

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    Quentin Tarantino movie soundtracks are filled with instrumental pop rock and it's much more a part of pop culture and a musical influence than some are led to believe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by djg
    just out:

    High production-quality garbage IMO. It has all of the components of a good recording except music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strumcat
    High production-quality garbage IMO. It has all of the components of a good recording except music.
    My sentiments, too. I'm very traditional (probably too much so) and I couldn't get past the first 30 seconds.

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    Godspeed You! Black Emperor:



    Not quite in the lineage of Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, but worth a listen. Guitars aplenty.

    Also worth investigating is the style of progressive metal called Djent, especially Animals as Leaders, with their guitar on a stand:


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    Dick Dale btw was very popular with the hip young crowd of today. If you listen to some latest work by Bill Frisell, or Julian Lage, that twangy American 60s sound is the direction they're going too.

    My fav these days is this band Khruanghbin. The best music I've heard in a while in any genre.


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    "Ain't That Just Like A Woman" was a hit for Louis Jordan. BB King did a lot of Louis Jordan tunes but on this one, he left off the lyric. Still works....


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    This came later than most of the rock instrumentals mentioned here but it's a helluva performance of a great tune.


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    A jazzy blues gem (by Ray Bryant, IIRC) here given quite an electric workout.


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    This was a gigantic hit back in '73.


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    Always liked this one


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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    This was a gigantic hit back in '73.

    funny, that's what I was going to post. It was a major reason I took up the drums around 5th or 6th grade

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    Another early '70s instrumental that was a huge hit.


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    It fell out of favor because it was pop music--either instrumental versions of vocal tunes or tunes written in the style of the day... and pop music changes with the times.

    Can you imagine an instrumental version of today's pop music?

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    Not an old recording, but it's got "Apache" on it!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    Always liked this one

    Santo & Johnny's first two LPs on Canadian-American records drove me nuts when they came out. I stole a bunch of ideas from them that I still use and still enjoy listening to them.

    Around 1970 I bought a fender Stringmaster double since my band was playing some of those tunes. It weighed a ton and my wife hated it, so I soon sold it off.

    Danny W.

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    A moody vid, ain't it? Nicely done.


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    Don't forget Freddy King....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOMMO
    Don't forget Freddy King....





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    I think a lot of rock fans dig this.


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    Danny W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    A moody vid, ain't it? Nicely done.

    THe Shadow's version of Apache was big in England, but in the US Jorgen Ingmann had the big hit with it, in a version he had multitracked all by himself:




    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    I posted this in a thread about Zappa:

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
    During the '70's I really liked Hot Rats, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Chunga's Revenge and Weasels Ripped My Flesh, but I never thought of them as jazz.

    In '78 we were in a new house and looking for new audio equipment. I was using Altec-Lansing speakers for some gigs and wanted them for the house. I would go to a very nice high-end audio store, long out of business, and audition speakers with a variety of records. When I played Peaches En Regalia through Altec Model 19's at stage volumes, all the salesguys would run out of the room and not let anyone else in until I was done.

    Photo of outcome:


    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Edit: While I still enjoy listening to some surf & instrumental hit music from time to time, my passion for early Zappa seems to have faded away.

    Danny W.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danny W.
    THe Shadow's version of Apache was big in England, but in the US Jorgen Ingmann had the big hit with it, in a version he had multitracked all by himself...
    My dad brought the Jørgen Inmann album home in the early 60’s and I played the dickens out of it. Wish I still had it. I think Echo Boogie was my favorite track. That’s probably the seed that prompted me to take up guitar a few years later.


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    Many great instrumentals in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and many more. Many written by Ennio Morricone. No idea who played the guitar on any of them. Popular as cellphone ringtones.

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    Herb Alpert and the er... Wrecking Crew.


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    I used to own that LP. Maybe still do, I haven't gone through the collection in a long time.

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    Duke Levine has been keeping the instrumental pop/rock flame burning around Boston. I think he’s about to release an album or EP of 70’s tunes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MarkRhodes
    A jazzy blues gem (by Ray Bryant, IIRC) here given quite an electric workout.


    "After Hours" was written by Avery Parrish and was a tremendous hit for Erskine Hawkins, with Parrish on piano, in 1940. Covered by many, many. Very, very popular for a long time in the African-American community, someone said it was the "Negro National Anthem."

    Ray Bryant played on the Dizzy Gillespie-Sonny Rollins-Sonny Stitt version and did a solo version.

    West Coast blueman Pee Wee Crayton recorded it as "After Hours Blues" in 1948


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    Only one mention of Duane Eddy - that's quite strange...

    Regarding Freddy King one more time: I always had a couple of his instrumentals under my belt as a guitar feature number in our band back in the day. "Sidetracked" was one of my favourites:





    "The Sad Nite Owl" always reminds of "Blue Monk":








    Earl Hooker anyone? The other King of guitar instrumentals in the blues genre:









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    The Humbler - Danny Gatton

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    Cool!

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    Spoken intro, yeah, but still an instrumental. Eddie Hazel's guitar work here is beloved by many.


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    Nipple Warning: the footage includes a pretty woman without much on....


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