FLAC (tracks) | 1h 18 min | Rock, Pop | 349 MB
The 'Golden Age' of the twangy UK Beat Instrumental occurred between the late 1950s and the very early 1960s, inspired by The Shadows' spectacular successes.
This compilation presents thirty-four tracks from six guitar-led groups, whose sound and style were pretty much a direct homage to The Shads.
First up, we have The Eagles, from Bristol, who racked up airplay with 'Bristol Express' and 'Exodus', followed by The Krew Kats, aka Marty Wilde's former Wildcats (they also recorded as The Tom Cats), who charted with 'Trambone'.
The Fentones, who also backed Shane Fenton, charted with 'The Mexican' and 'The Breeze And I', while The Hunters weighed in with 'Teen Scene' and 'The Storm'/'How's M'Chicks' two huge collectors' items.
Finally, The Scorpions cut two equally-collectable 45s, '(Ghost) Riders In The Sky' and 'Rockin' At The Phil', while The Packabeats charted with 'Gypsy Beat', before famously cutting 'The Traitors' for Joe Meek.
01 Eagles - Bristol Express
02 Eagles - Johnny's Tune
03 Eagles - Exodus
04 Eagles - The March of the Eagles
05 Eagles - Old Ned (Theme from Steptoe and Son)
06 Eagles - Theme from Maigret
07 Eagles - Happy Joe (Theme from Comedy Playhouse)
08 Eagles - Theme from Oliver Twist
09 The Krew-Kats - Trambone
10 The Krew-Kats - Peak Hour
11 The Krew-Kats - Samovar
12 The Krew-Kats - Jack's Good
13 The Krew-Kats - The Bat
14 The Tom Cats - Tom Tom Cat
15 The Fentones - The Mexican
16 The Fentones - Lover's Guitar
17 The Fentones - The Breeze and I
18 The Fentones - Just for Jerry
19 The Fentones - Gringo
20 The Fentones - Mick's Tune
21 The Hunters - Teen Scene
22 The Hunters - Santa Monica Flyer
23 The Hunters - Golden Earrings
24 The Hunters - Tally Ho
25 The Hunters - The Storm
26 The Hunters - How's M'chicks
27 Scorpions - (Ghost) Riders in the Sky
28 Scorpions - Torquay
29 Scorpions - Rockin' at the Phil
30 Scorpions - Scorpio
31 The Packabeats - Gypsy Beat
32 The Packabeats - Big Man
33 The Packabeats - Evening in Paris
34 The Packabeats - The Traitors