Cruisin' Instrumentals

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As instrumental compilations go, this is pretty good, and would rank higher if not for the consideration that there are more thorough and thematically coherent anthologies of 1950s and '60s rock and pop instrumentals on the market. There isn't much to unite these 18 tracks except generally high quality, and the coincidence that many of the artists have been the subject of reissue CDs in the Ace catalog. The disc is also a bit of an oddity for mixing together rock, blues, and jazz instrumentals from the late '40s through the mid-'60s instead of sticking to one genre. Still, the music is very good, including classics like Link Wray's "Rumble," Mongo Santamaria's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As instrumental compilations go, this is pretty good, and would rank higher if not for the consideration that there are more thorough and thematically coherent anthologies of 1950s and '60s rock and pop instrumentals on the market. There isn't much to unite these 18 tracks except generally high quality, and the coincidence that many of the artists have been the subject of reissue CDs in the Ace catalog. The disc is also a bit of an oddity for mixing together rock, blues, and jazz instrumentals from the late '40s through the mid-'60s instead of sticking to one genre. Still, the music is very good, including classics like Link Wray's "Rumble," Mongo Santamaria's "Watermelon Man," the Champs' "Tequila," and Lonnie Mack's "Wham!" More exciting to the collector are several rare or unexpected items, including Cannonball Adderley's "African Waltz"; Rene Hall's "Twitchy," which, despite its 1953 date, is pretty close to full-formed rock & roll; Elmore James' "Hawaiian Boogie"; the rare 1965 "Blue Groove" single by Sir Isaac & the Doo-Dads, Sir Isaac being Isaac Hayes; Maxwell Davis' Batman-like "Super Chase," from an album recorded for an imaginary movie; Johnny Gilliam's "Mission Impossible" theme; and Brother Jack McDuff's organ-jazz take on the "Pink Panther" theme.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/30/2007
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667173124
  • Catalog Number: 731

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tequila - The Champs (2:15)
  2. 2 Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaría (2:28)
  3. 3 African Waltz - Cannonball Adderley (2:11)
  4. 4 Watusi Bongos (1:52)
  5. 5 Tall Cool One - The Wailers (2:33)
  6. 6 Rumble - Link Wray (2:27)
  7. 7 Misirlou - The Lively Ones (2:36)
  8. 8 Wham! (2:12)
  9. 9 Bulldog - The Fireballs (2:13)
  10. 10 Bumble Boogie - B. Bumble & the Stingers (2:13)
  11. 11 Twitchy - Rene Hall (2:26)
  12. 12 Hawaiian Boogie - Elmore James (2:20)
  13. 13 Blues After Hours (3:04)
  14. 14 Blue Groove - Sir Isaac & The Doo-Dads (2:35)
  15. 15 Wade in the Water - Booker T. & the MG's (2:30)
  16. 16 Super Chase - Maxwell Davis (2:16)
  17. 17 Mission: Impossible - Johnny Gilliam (2:15)
  18. 18 The Pink Panther (Theme) - Jack McDuff (3:25)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Lonnie Mack Composer
Lalo Schifrin Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Link Wray Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Preston Epps Composer
Kent Morrill Composer
Jack Fina Arranger
Ramsey Lewis Arranger
Brian Burrows Cover Photo
George Hudson Composer
Elmore James Composer
Avery Parrish Composer
Chuck Rio Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Herb Fenstein Annotation
George Tomsco Composer
John Greek Composer
Joe Josea Composer
Traditional Composer
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