The Revells

The Go Sound of the Slots! [Sundazed]

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The Revells (not to be confused with another surf combo the Revels) were actually a studio project of Gary Usher and most of the Hondells' touring band. Usher was commissioned to create an album around the theme of slot car racing, which was a popular hobby at the time. The "group" took its name from Revell, a manufacturer of slot cars and models that is rumored to have provided some financial backing for the endeavor. The resulting 1965 album The Go Sound of the Slots! approximated the Beach Boys' sound on ten songs about slot cars that, unless you listen closely, sound like any other run-of-the-mill car songs. Only an errant word here and there prevents "My Ferrari G.T.O." from being about a full-size car. The players -- Glen Campbell, Dickie Podolor, Hal Blaine, Tommy Tedesco -- are notable, but the album was an uninspired rush job that its creators admit they had trouble getting behind. It was so rushed, in fact, that a few of the songs are rewrites of Hondells numbers. The 1995 CD reissue adds two bonus tracks by the Wheel Men, an earlier Usher project for the same label. The songs have nothing to do with slot car racing, but are a worthy addition since they easily surpass the Revells' material in quality.

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