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Warning: If you want melody, structure and (dare I say) maturity, try "Turn to Me". I debated posting due to the primitive cheese factor. But I wanted to share the moment ~ and the era ~ that rushed-in when first plugged-in the 1964 Teisco I just rehabbed after 20-plus years in mothballs. (Click to MJ forum w/photo gallery.)

This song is dedicated to rock 'n' roll and fast cars with tall 3rd gears. It's also a companion to my prior roadfaring retro-fest, "Yo! What Exit?"

On the structure, or lack of it: It's all over the map (ouch). I had no more than the title/chorus in mind when the glue dried, the strings went on and I plugged-into my old Fender tuber. The overdriven, spring reverb-drenched center track, was the first track I did. Unedited, it forms the only structure here. NOTE: The first fraction of a second -- the word "Uno!" -- is cut off. if it bugs you, pop me your e-mail and I'll send you the fixed track in any format.
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1… 1-2-3-5 Overdrive… let's go!
1… 1-2-3-5 Overdrive…
¡Quita te!
¡Vamanos, hija, vamanos rapidamente!

1… 1-2-3-5 Overdrive… rev it up
1… 1-2-3-5 Overdrive...

Gotta get away, gotta get away, gotta get away
From here
Tear up the road, tach in the red, Let out the clutch
Who needs fourth gear?

Bye-bye
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Comments: 72
Fans: 52
Plays: 299
Downloads: 105

Uploaded: Apr 23, 2010 - 09:45:22 PM
Last Updated: Apr 27, 2010 - 12:13:52 PM Last Played: Aug 24, 2016 - 02:06:13 AM
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Hardware:
Teisco Del Rey ET-300; Peavey Peavey Milestone II; Early '70s Fender Pro Reverb; some damn Russian condenser mic; PreSonus Inspire 1394 firewire 400 interface.
Software:
GarageBand 4 ('08); drums are loops and a touch of "midi pencil."
Comments
ConnieO said 2531 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Sooo Yo!
This is fantastico! Wish I could play the guitar like you. All over the map vamanos...thanks for letting me hitch a ride.
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drakonis said 2531 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
hot rodz
This is great... wild, takes me back to the stick-shift days, total surf-rock. Well played and thought out, considering you think it is "structureless". Well, I liked it anyway, so there! :-)
ttfn,
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Bob6stringer said 2531 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
How about...
... amorphous. That's a kinder term, I guess. I knew I wanted to do with that recurring "chorus thing" ... because it's been in my head for years, waiting for inspiration -- which came with the fixer-upper axe. In between those 1-2-3-5's however are lots of unpredictable and shifting patterns -- I thought they'd draw ire. We'll see how it goes...
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sloparts said 2531 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Wild !!!!!
Just so you know, I actually love this piece of retro magic. It "Rocks" and so do you Bro.

Ed
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Bob6stringer said 2531 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
"Retro magic?" I'm gonna run with that!
Thanks, Ed. It started pretty humbly, and had to work its way up to the present cacophony after nine separate GB files with new mixes. P.S. I'd call it an instrumental but it's actually got more vocal tracks than any tune I've ever done! (Never mind the not-deep lyrics!)
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fasteddie said 2531 days ago (April 23rd, 2010)
Who needs 4 anyways?
That's the kind of song that would make an Arkansas inbred idiot savant jealous! That makes me wish that I still had my ’77 Camaro and was driving it 120 miles an hour which was about 30 miles an hour faster than the safe limit of the car. If I remember right that car was missing 4th gear. Pretty cool licks on that clean channel Bob! You’re conjuring up some mighty fine twang there as well. Clean guitar done right can produce some pretty hard edge; I'm liking the edge here a lot.

Uno dos tres cinco!

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Lennon714 said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Hell yes
Where are the go-go girls with super short miniskirts shaking their hips? This has all the spazz and sex appeal of rough Southern California kids. The kind that 1940 Ford pickups and steal your girlfriend. That guitar bit at 2:25 is a ton of fun. Don't let Tempie near this song. He'll have a conniption.
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Bob6stringer said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Laugh-in, spazz-out!
HAHA! Tempie... I know! Funny thing, The thing I was thinking of redoing most was that weird lead stuff at 2:25 -- the extra measure just got tossed in there on the fly and I just let it stay.

You make me glad I posted this. If this tune goes over, I'll let "Spazz" of the guitar closet more often. The owner of the '30s Ford pickup pictured above is a local... I wonder if that ride magically transports him to wherever those go-go girls hang out. Gotta run now, a new episode of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-in is bound to be on any minute...
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hackneybloke said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
123
hey bob. this is a hit! love it. is that you doing the vocals? splendid guitar work...and a fab mix. kudositos. FANTASTIC.
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Bob6stringer said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
I am Tarzan!
Julian, I'm guilty as charged. Ironically for a song that could as easily be called an instrumental as not, I put more vocal tracks into this than anything I've ever done, easily 10 tracks of hollers, harmonies, Mexican admonitions and that Tarzan call at 2:45. The guitar riffs are so crude... splendid? LOL, thanks!
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Moviz said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Bring back
the 50's and 60's I say LOL. What a great fun piece and for some reason this puts me in mind of 'The Fonz',(have you got a quiff? LOL) though i think it's more the time zone that does that, as well as the madness and the skill of your playing here. Would be a great song to accompany a retro style lighthearted film, regards M
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MarkHolbrook said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Well me
likey this lots! Sounds like a ton of fun jam session! Outstanding!
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Bob6stringer said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Yes! Fun!
The guitar riffs are so intentionally crude that I had to resist the urge to redo tracks with more technically proficient runs. But I left it alone because no attempt to impress people would be as much fun. Thanks!
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Calchas said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Yo bro!
A guitar extravaganza! Wow...This is great fun to listen to. Sounds a little like Los Lobos, and that's good thing! Excellent job on the mixing too...BRAVO!!!

Be well friend!
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Bob6stringer said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Mixing... surprise!
You would NOT believe that my most reliable monitors are my stock Apple iPhone earbuds, which I press into my ears with practiced force for a more balanced sound than the nosebleed-expensive Vienna Acoustics bookshelves or piece-of-crap Klipsch ceiling cans. (I have big, ancient EV Sentry 505s but a tweeter's blown.) I am so glad that after trying to be "cool" and/or "mature" for a few tunes, my fun side's being well received, too.
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Calchas said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Cookie Cookie
lend me your comb!
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scofugate said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
where are the hula hoops!
yo....the American graffiti hot rod? No no ...the Big Daddy Don Garlits hot rod. The IHRA has nothing on you. This sounds Fun and fast. This is BIG!!
Putting the racing slicks on the mini van now...I am outta here..
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Bob6stringer said 2530 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
L-EFFIN'-O-L...
The minivan! Ain't that the truth. But if you draw a cartoon of the minivan with a giant, supercharged engine coming out of the passenger compartment, and have a big troll workin' the lever, NOW we're talkin!
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Relic67 said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Awesome
I knew this was going to be good.
I really like the guitar sound. Single coil pickups are they?
Love the vocals and surf-garage vibe, reminded a bit of the Cramps.
The expansive structure or lack thereof just adds to the originality.

Bravo!!
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Bob6stringer said 2531 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Maybe Dick Dale?
Next time, a Dick Dale-ish melody?
Yup, single coils. I was surprised at how little noise they generated and how much sound they pulled off the stings. Almost disappointed! There's a few close-ups of the pickups in the MobileMe gallery I posted, and linked (here in the forums.) CRAMPS: Oh, yeah. Surfin' Bird's the best cover ever. I thought I might want elements of the Clash, Richard Hell and Dick Dale. That didn't happen but next time I'll have to start with a clear melody in mind (then modulate it a bunch!) Thanks, --B
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Vic Holman said 2530 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
saving fore, for golfing
boy you sure nailed this in a great surf-drag race genre.
pedal to the metal dude.
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Feter said 2530 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
1-2-3-5 Overdrive
WO ...this is cool ...definitely a 60s sound !
man .. Rock on !
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Brian D said 2530 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
great
this is awesome.
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thetiler said 2530 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
This brings me
back to when i was going to high school and the beach music was the scene. Lots of that surfin fender type reverb. Love the depth when you go wild with tremelo super strummin and thumpin. Your really bring me back to early Who and Jan and Dean mixed togther. When I ever I hear that electric guitar reverb it takes me back.

Maybe even a little Bird is the Word too :{

Fun dance stuff. Would go good in the Bay Area on the TV show KOFY with Jim Gabbert.

He is quite well know disc jockey that does KGo and TV and has a famous 50's dance show. But this music has that 50's and 60 sixties excitement that a lot of us baby boomers crave for. We really do I think, at least a lot of us i think !

Way to go.

Again, enjoy that excitement and bring me back to those precious exciting times at least the good times I should say ! ! :)
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Bob6stringer said 2530 days ago (April 24th, 2010)
Considering slow surf.
Right on, Bill. Contemporary music today suffers from an almost total lack of sweat! It's all poser imagery and no analog & wetware effort. I may try a surf tune, but only if I can nail the arrangement and have something original and melodic to say. Slow, on the Strat, with the tube amp again with spring reverb and trem, and slow and super-clean (not on this guitar). So where in the world can I get surf loops?
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DWL said 2530 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Brilliant retro workout!
Loved it! Lots of overdrive (what a bass line) twists and turns (as is right in a tune about cars), great sounds and playing.

Cheers

Dick
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michaeljayklein said 2529 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Brilliant
just brilliant!
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bud said 2529 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Link Wray and the whole line going back
are behind this blistering track - I love it - no need to make excuses this thing burns holes in the brain. Who could ask for more? Viva Las Vegas!
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Bob6stringer said 2529 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Damage control!
Wow, I'm glad I could do a little damage here! Your estimation of it goes beyond my own expectation that it'd put a brown stain around the ears, and for that I thank you.
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guitapick said 2529 days ago (April 25th, 2010)
Rock 'n Roll, baby...
...I like this alot. That you on the bass, too?
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Bob6stringer said 2529 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
It's me.
Yeah, I'm using a felt pick. I can't get what I want my right hand to do without one. Thanks for the listen.
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Hickling_Stan said 2529 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Guitar On Fire
Love this, it's bursting with energy.Played it twice! Cheers Mark
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MannequinRaces said 2529 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Overdrive
Oh man this is nostalgic! What a blast! Excellently performed and executed. Glad that the 64 Teisco is rocking ago. Really cool!
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ted23 said 2529 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
!!
1-2-3-5 snakes alive that was frantic! No idea how you managed this genius slice of mahem but it works so well. Only half way through and i'm exhausted..... Ahh a solo! It's like wipeout on speed....
Brilliant
tempie said 2529 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
yeah, vato!
i was conceived in the back seat of a '66 mustang 289 with a 3 speed manual so i am all about tall gears boss.

man this is some kind of hot rodding jangle-jive slice of heaven. that lead from 3:28 to the end is outrageous. especially under the 'hey david lee you poser this is what hellbilly hot rodding sounds like' spoken bit. DL'd!


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Bob6stringer said 2528 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
True Story:
YEAH!!! I thought about you and what you'd think of this tune when I was making it. It took all my will power to not write you immediately to plug it. It was even harder when Eric -- Lennon714 -- wrote above in the comments, ""Don't let Tempie near this song. He'll have a conniption." I wanna do more, but mix it up. I was thinking of exploring more from the era, not sure when or how.
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michaelkoppenheffer said 2528 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Whoa!
This is some amazingly greasy guitar playing! I'm ready to hop in my, er, VW Golf, and go go go! So glad you posted it, this made my afternoon.
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Bob6stringer said 2528 days ago (April 26th, 2010)
Back at ya.
I bust a gut when I read "greasy guitar" and my 5 year-old daughter followed-suit. It made our dinner a whole lot funnier. And your Golf's definitely sportier -- GTI or not -- than my Subaru Outback! The car was some local guys' that I saw in a parking lot!
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lengold said 2528 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
This is
absolutely fantastic. Buddy Holly on speed.
Downloaded. Thanks.
Cheers
Len

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buckhorn said 2528 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Instant Classic
This is so cool. Shades of Dick Dale. Enjoyed a lot.
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J.A.Stewart said 2528 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
Laying Rubber
You've successfully captured the spirit of the moment here, Bob.

This is the epitome of the sort of spontaneous garage rock that found its way into many recording sessions in the mid-to-late 1960s by regional bands trying to grab the brass ring.

Frenetic fun. Nicely done. ;)


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davisamerica said 2528 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
somebody call
the Venture's manager ..... it appears they ingested jet fuel... hahaha Bob what a cool ride. ...and thanks for the download..cos I did.
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ktb said 2527 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
go man go
that bass is insane. My first thought was Tempie had to hear this and I can see he is already on the job. When I see a retro hot rod lovingly restored and sup'd up I get jazz'd. I imagine its the same for a guitar. Especially one you've restored.
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DarkPlanet said 2527 days ago (April 27th, 2010)
On your Mark
Wow this is so good its unreal! fantastic job on all fronts, I really dig this vibe!
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racerat said 2527 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
crazy
and fun. Thaks for the visit to my page, you're right without the random click, how would we discover such incredible gems such as this. The tone on that Teisco is out of this world. They don't make 'em like that - amp modeling be damned! I, personally am a BIG fan of songs with no structure (just check out my catalog if you doubt me) so this just hit me in the right spot. Tons of energy and drama. Not a hold barred, and me like-y. The bass solo at 3:49 or so is a kicker. Schweeeeet! Glad I found ya.
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billykirsch said 2526 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Man
I love your comments :-)
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ziti said 2527 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
hehehehe
crazy stuff

got a real kick out of the wacko git playing!!

NIICE!!!

spike jones meets the ventures!

excellent bob

z
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ShadowofNine said 2527 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
Fast & Furious
Moving at light speed, hot tune, hot cars...smokin...
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billykirsch said 2526 days ago (April 28th, 2010)
uno dos tres cinco (ocho?)
Is that fibonacci inspired? I don't think so because, man, this is so much FUN!!! Crazy, great, nonsense, love it!!! (Still laughing)
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Bob6stringer said 2526 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
No Fibbing here...
Well, there's Fibonacci of The Sequence ~ each number is the sum of the previous two as in 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377... ~ then there's the long-defunct band, The Fibonaccis. But you're right, this one's just for crazy, nonsensical fun. As in: "She took her Daddy's car and drove the hamburger stand, now.... and spilled booze and who knows what else all over that tight sweater.
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dave_b said 2526 days ago (April 29th, 2010)
1-2-3-5 Overdrive
High energy rockabilly/surf rock mashup. Cool guitar lines and great tone. Hot cars and guitars are a great combo
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egobandit said 2525 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
1
234 twang a lang a ding dong right on very cool, like surfin in a hot rod. wheres the beer and girls excellent! Great great git. This is what jammin is all about!
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said 2525 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
nailed it!
poifect, Bob

woodguy http://www.macjams.com/artist/woodguy wood love this, I'm sure

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said 2525 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
woops
That should have been:

woodguy32 http://www.macjams.com/artist/woodguy32
Bob6stringer said 2525 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Woodguy!
There IS news: He's still alive, fighting cancer. I saw your MJ woodguy forum ~ thanks for that reminder ~ and posted some more detail to it.
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Char said 2525 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Jitterbug
beat is alive and well. Flying fingers and a shaking leg, for sure. :)
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RAVENS said 2525 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Whew
This is an energy ridden song alright. Love everything about it, but the guitar playing is exceptionally done. Rock on!

RAVEN ;-)
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Monkaton said 2524 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
Me Likey
Great vibe. I like the old instrumentals from the '50's and '60's with twangen guitars, reverb and echo.

Good production and I like the guitar playing. I'd give it a 1-2-3-4-5 times 2.


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jiguma said 2524 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
The guys
in PBGB will love this!
Nice bit of plucking Bob!
N
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Bob6stringer said 2524 days ago (April 30th, 2010)
PBGB - WOW!
Thanks for tipping me off to PBGB - I didn't know you had that band going. You sound great. Rock 'n' roll will never die! (At least I HOPE it's not just us boomers who're keeping it alive.)
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artneuro said 2524 days ago (May 1st, 2010)
Pretty rad playing!
Structure schmucture! Figure that one out another day if it's so compelling. There are lots of excellent things in this track that I would love to be able to do but can't. :)

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thoddi said 2517 days ago (May 7th, 2010)
Fast forward
I sure can dig this 50's rock'n roll'ish guitar playing. And that bass groove is energic and hot.
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ste said 2514 days ago (May 11th, 2010)
ha ha
love this. great guitar work - well up my street
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TERRAPLANE said 2512 days ago (May 12th, 2010)
HOT!!!
better Late than never ,very cool Bob,,,
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TERRAPLANE said 2512 days ago (May 12th, 2010)
What the Hell
I busted my 27" imac trying to get that damn bug to go away!!!!
&^%$^
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segiperkasa said 2507 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
really cool
this is really one cool rock and roll number .. great guitar works and dynamic....
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Ibstrat said 2507 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
That
guitar sounds so good! I love your playing on this. Groovy
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Sigmund said 2506 days ago (May 18th, 2010)
1-2-3-5 Overdrive
This tune does not waste any time getting right down to it. Solid rock n roll from start to finish. You've got so many cool things going on in this song it takes multiple listens just to hear it all. I think you sell yourself short with the lack of structure concept, cuz sometimes that's what you need to do with rock n roll!

Great fast paced, high energy rock tune - I much enjoyed the listen(s) - thanks!

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BirdmanWayne94 said 2496 days ago (May 28th, 2010)
Hahahahaha...
... this made me smile! :) Thanks for the fun time.
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ste said 2464 days ago (June 29th, 2010)
mate
i'm glad you chose to post this. great fun. cheese factor? the timing is incredible. one of the best things i've heard in ages. ten out of ten.
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guygrooves said 2428 days ago (August 5th, 2010)
Uhhhhh
I think you're missin a gear man.... but thats ok... so am I.

Loads of fun this one is. I'm glad you shared it Bob.
Peace
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tmcfate said 2408 days ago (August 24th, 2010)
little bug
little bug in the corner is .............great vintage reverb and again such quite and accurate fingers
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