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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by dlew919, Nov 21, 2019.
I don't know.
C'mon you guitar geeks (said with affection). Anorak hero's anorakesque noodling is not a 'great instrumental.' A great instrumental is one that garners a wider audience, can be identified by melody alone and inspires people beyond just the people who play guitar already.
The answer, therefore, is Walk Don't Run. And we're not talking about the Smith/Atkins versions nobody ever heard. We're talking about the #2 national record that should have been a #1. It launched a thousand bands and a million guitar sales.
When they bury the time capsules they put Walk Don't Run in it. When they open them they will only want to hear Walk Don't Run.
Good rule of thumb: if a female can hum it, it's a good instrumental. See also: Theme from A Summer Place.
Many good nominees - Sleepwalk was my first choice but I was beaten to the punch.
How about Johnny A?
Peace - Deeve
This is a pretty good list.
Does NY count as rock? Then, yeah.....
"After Hours"----Roy Buchanan
"Harlem Nocturne"----Danny Gatton
You do have a contender there!
Walk don't run by the Ventures. I'm but a wee lad of 50 years and I even knew the answer.
Number 1 for me is Apache. Made me want to play guitar all those years ago.
Dixie Dregs must make the list somewhere....
Blood Sucking Leaches
something about this one always gets me
edit: does anyone know for sure what fuzz he uses on this track?
If you are talking about the one from the "Zoot Allures" LP it was recorded live in Osaka. I have heard the original from some bootlegs and Frank edited it quite a bit to take out the pauses where he thought of what to play next. Nevertheless it is flipping amazing either way. Ship Ahoy!
Always liked this.
Brian does a few...
love his version of Hawaii Five 0.
All of these are great. Let's not forget Dave "Baby" Cortez:
I’m still listening to Rumble, Wipeout and Walk Don’t Run after all these years. Also, this one that most people never heard of, but is just great, by Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers. Great name, huh?
So many jaw dropping King Crimson instrumentals. Fracture has to be way up there on any technical guitar-playing list: Fripp said not so long ago that 70% of his practice time still goes on this track (the absurdly fast and virtually non-stop cross picking passage in the middle).
I’d also put forward as contenders Larks’ Tongues In Aspic Part 2 and Level Five: but one of my favourites is VROOOM.