Hal Blaine

Deuces, "T's," Roadsters & Drums

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Hal Blaine was one of the most innovative and gifted session drummers ever to come down the pike, at least the pike that was the L.A. studio scene in the '60s and '70s. Being a talented man with friends in high places, it was perhaps only natural that he managed to record a solo album or two. However, his career as a highly used session drummer and percussionist didn't leave him a whole lot of time to develop as a songwriter or singer, so it's not surprising that his solo albums are nothing to write home about, including this one. Deuces, "T's," Roadsters & Drums is the better of the two albums Blaine recorded, and it also contains the most original material. The songs are solid surf instrumentals that Blaine mostly co-wrote with album producer Lee Hazlewood, no slouch himself in the surf music composing department. In this case, the surf genre appears in the guise of the car genre, and every song on the main portion of the disc is preceded by loud drag-racing sound effects taken from the RCA library. Bad move -- the music would be much more listenable without them. It's jaunty, catchy stuff, if not terribly memorable. Blaine's percussion work lends a touch of exotica to the surf-and-drag twang of the guitars. The album sounds at times like a cross between Duane Eddy and Martin Denny. There are also several bonus tracks recorded at a different session, and they're better than many of the main album tracks. There's an R&B flavor to the latter part of the CD, with a female vocal chorus on some of the songs. And at least the extra tracks are free of car-racing sound effects.

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:15 SpotifyAmazon
2 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
3 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
4 02:10 SpotifyAmazon
5 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
6 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
7 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
8 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
9 02:24 SpotifyAmazon
10 02:06 SpotifyAmazon
11 02:20 SpotifyAmazon
12 02:15 SpotifyAmazon
13 02:13 SpotifyAmazon
14 02:16 SpotifyAmazon
15 02:10 SpotifyAmazon
16 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
17 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
18 01:49 SpotifyAmazon
19 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
20 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
21 01:55 SpotifyAmazon
22 02:29 SpotifyAmazon
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