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Shazam! And Other Instrumentals Written By Lee Hazlewood

Back in 2010 Ace released a terrific collection in ther Songwriter series titled Califia: The Songs Of Lee Hazlewood. At the time they reported that a companion volume of Hazlewood-penned instrumentals was already in the Ace Records pipeline. True to their word, although over five years down the line, here it is at last. Shazam! features two-dozen vocal-free (give or take the occasional rebel yell etc) nuggets written by the great man. Star of the show is twangmaster Duane Eddy with three great tracks: the title number, the menacing Stalkin' and This Town, a lesser-known 45 from Hazlewood's stint writing and producing gems for Nancy Sinatra and others at Reprise Records. Other key artists include guitar wiz Al Casey, top Wrecking Crew drummer Hal Blaine, renowned arranger/orchestra leader Jack Nitzsche and ace surf combo the Astronauts, not forgetting Dick Dale with his axe-shredding version of Angry Generation. Compiled by Mick Patrick with in-depth notes by the guys from Pipeline magazine.

  • 1. Shazam! - Duane Eddy
    2. The Stinger - Al Casey
    3. Stalkin' - Duane Eddy
    4. Salty - Tony Castle & The Raiders
    5. Surfs You Right - Al Casey
    6. Movin' - The Astronauts
    7. Challenger II - Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars
    8. Baja - Jack Nitzsche
    9. Moovin' N' Groovin '- The Rhythm Rockers
    10. Rebel-'Rouser - The Ventures
    11. (Dance With The) Guitar Man - The Lively Ones
    12. El Aguila (The Eagle) - The Astronauts
    13. The Phantom Driver - Hal Blaine & The Young Cougars
    14. The Hearse - The Astronauts
    15. Angry Generation - Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
    16. Muchacho - Lee Hazlewood's Woodchucks
    17. Johnny October - The Challengers
    18. Desi's Drums - Dino, Desi & Billy
    19. This Town - Duane Eddy
    20. Zapata - Jack Nitzsche
    21. A Stranger In Your Town - The Vanguards
    22. Bo-Dacious - The Whisk Kids
    23. These Boots Are Made For Walking - Billy Strange
    24. Some Velvet Morning - The Afro-Blues Quintet

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