- Surf Music
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The Cruncher's new CD “Schlicktown Surf” was released on January 11th and since then Herbert has mailed copies to friends and distributors.
In America it will be availabe from DWM Music (http://www.dwmmusic.com/), in England from BIM BAM Records (http://www.bim-bam.com/), in Germany from CD-Import + Versand International, Walter Bubenzer (e-mail: WBubenzer@t-online.de) and Kamikaze Records (http://www.kamikaze-records.de/shop/home.cfm), or write directly to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will get 20 instrumentals between 1.46 and 5.46 minutes long. The total playing time is 60.21 minutes.
There are happy go lucky tunes like Pow Wow, El Azul, Going Back to Memphis,Flash Flood, High Octane or Jezebel.
Squad Car is not the Eddie Bertrand´s tune but one of Don Cole - the original I have never heard I have to confess! The same is to Surfer´s Blues written by Les Green.
Some tunes are played in a Duane Eddy twangy guitar sound with additional saxophone, piano. organ or even strings.
There are tunes where you sit and say – “wow, I have to listen carefully what the Cruncher did here”. Tracks like the spacy sounding “Skyrider”, Jefferson Airplane's “White Rabbit” or the classic “Don't Be Cruel”. Forget about the lyrics in your ear and just listen to these great instrumental versions!!
As Herbert is not only a guitarist but also a producer and arranger in some cases (“Genesis” or ”My Hometown” – his own composition) he tried to find out how many instruments and sounds he could add to the tune and how it sounds afterwards. I am waiting for the public reactions to these efforts.
IMHO this is the Crunchers most sophisticated music output so far. My favorites are Taboo, White Rabbit, Skyrider.
01 Pow-Wow (R. Buzzeo, A. De Felice)
02 Long Walk Back (Nick Lowe, Carrack, Belmont, Irwin, Herbert Hooke)
03 El Azul (Don Love)
04 Lost Island (Duane Eddy, Jim Horn, Herbert Hooke)
05 Skyrider (Eddie Meduza)
06 White Rabbit (Grace Slick)
07 Forbidden City (DeVorzon, Levine)
08 My Hometown (Herbert Hooke)
09 Going Back To Memphis (Bobby Emmons)
10 Taboo (Lecuona, Stillman, Russell, Herbert Hooke)
11 Flash Flood (Phil Verruto)
12 The Spanish Bit (Joe Brown)
13 I Won’t Back Down (Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne)
14 Don’t Be Cruel (Otis Blackwell)
15 Genesis (Hank Levine)
16 High Octane (Chuck Howard, Herbert Hooke)
17 Squad Car (Don Cole, Buddy Long)
18 Surfer’s Blues (Les Green)
19 Jezebel (Wayne Shanklin)
20 Untitled #1 (Gary Usher)