Al Caiola gave buyers of instrumental guitar albums an alternative to Duane Eddy in the '60s, releasing numerous albums in a style roughly comparable to electric guitar proponents such as Eddy, the Ventures, and the String-A-Longs. Despite his active recording career, his albums never charted, and he had only a few charting singles, the biggest of which was his version of the theme from the television series Bonanza. That song is included on Golden Hit Instrumentals, with Caiola's renditions of recent instrumental hits from artists such as Eddy, the String-A-Longs, Lawrence Welk, Bill Doggett, Jorgen Ingmann, Kokomo, the Bill Black Combo, and others. In fact, Caiola rounds up practically every instrumental hit of note from 1961 and interprets them in his own style, which is not far removed from the original versions. Golden Hit Instrumentals not only has Caiola's biggest hit, but serves as a veritable Who's Who of instrumental rock and roll for the early '60s.
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