The String-A-Longs

Wheels [Pick-A-Hit/Charly]

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A packed to the brim 28 track collection of this Norman Petty instrumental group's best, all released between 1960 and 1964, prime years for the band. The String-A-Longs were a kinder, gentler version of the Fireballs, sporting an almost organ sounding lead guitar sound through their Magnatone amps, the drummer playing wire brushes on a cradboard box and nowhere near the amount of twang and sass that the Fireballs exhibited. They also didn't sing very much, limiting themselves to instrumental versions of mildly rocked up standards like "Should I," "My Blue Heaven," "Perifidia," with occassional trips into Fireball territory with their own twists on "Bulldog" and "Torquay." If you're looking for vintage rock'n'roll that has anice, laid back vibe to it, look no further; this one's perfect.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 1:58
2 2:04
3 1:48
4 1:57
5 2:52
6
2:24
7 2:20
8 2:29
9
2:06
10
2:02
11
2:02
12 1:58
13 2:05
14 2:18
15 2:25
16 2:05
17
2:06
18 1:50
19
2:25
20 2:20
21 1:59
22
2:05
23 1:58
24 2:05
25 2:16
26 2:12
27 2:00
28
1:58
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