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Rock Instrumental Classics, Vols. 1-5

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Rock Instrumental Classics, Vols. 1-5 collects all the volumes of Rhino's Rock Instrumental Classics series into a five-disc box set. Each volume individually and as a set lives up to the title; Santo & Johnny's "Sleepwalk," Bill Justis' "Raunchy," the Champs' "Tequila," and Link Wray's "Rumble" are just a few of the standout tracks from the first disc, which chronicles the rise of instrumental rock in the '50s. The Ventures' "Walk, Don't Run," the Tornados' "Telstar," the T-Bones' "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)," and Mason Williams' "Classical Gas" are among the '60s instrumental hits from the second volume, while Hot Butter's "Popcorn," Billy Preston's "Outa-Space," Van McCoy's "The Hustle," and the Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein" are some of the late-'60s and early-'70s classics featured on the third and fourth discs. The final disc is dedicated to surf, the king of instrumental rock genres, and features such twangy singles as the Belairs' "Mr. Moto," Dick Dale's "Miserlou," the Crossfires' "Fiberglass Jungle," and Jack Nitzsche's "The Lonely Surfer." Rock Instrumental Classics, Vols. 1-5 is a wonderfully comprehensive and entertaining retrospective of instrumental rock's golden years, and a must for any fan of the genre.

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