Wes Montgomery

Road Song

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Wes Montgomery's final record (before his death from a heart attack at age 45) is, as with his two previous A&M releases, pure pop. The great guitarist sticks to simple melody statements (with a lot of octaves thrown in) while backed by Don Sebesky's unimaginative arrangements for an orchestra; commercially the combination was a big success. Unless one really has the desire to hear such songs as "Greensleeves," "Fly Me to the Moon," "Yesterday" and "Scarborough Fair" played perfectly straight, this strictly for-the-money effort can be safely passed by.

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