Sizzling Strings/The Fabulous Guitar

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Sizzling Strings is a 1959 instrumental album from Lanham's group, the Whippoorwills, and The Fabulous Guitar is his 1961 solo album. This two-fer collects both albums on one CD, and the sonic and stylistic differences between the two are slight. Both are heavily oriented toward instrumental versions of pop hits and jazz tunes with mellow guitar leads that emphasize melody over virtuosic display. In fact, compositions by such cowhands as Stan Kenton, Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman far outnumber country songs. Only "Air Mail Special" and the Delmore Brothers' "Sand Mountain Boogie" work up a fret-happy steam, and the remainder provides pleasant, if not jaw-dropping evidence of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
Sizzling Strings is a 1959 instrumental album from Lanham's group, the Whippoorwills, and The Fabulous Guitar is his 1961 solo album. This two-fer collects both albums on one CD, and the sonic and stylistic differences between the two are slight. Both are heavily oriented toward instrumental versions of pop hits and jazz tunes with mellow guitar leads that emphasize melody over virtuosic display. In fact, compositions by such cowhands as Stan Kenton, Artie Shaw, and Benny Goodman far outnumber country songs. Only "Air Mail Special" and the Delmore Brothers' "Sand Mountain Boogie" work up a fret-happy steam, and the remainder provides pleasant, if not jaw-dropping evidence of Lanham's guitar mastery. Listeners looking for guitar wizardry may not immediately appreciate Lanham's subtlety, but fans of instrumental music bordering on easy listening may enjoy these jazzy, laid-back takes on such chestnuts as "Tea for Two" and "In the Mood."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/5/1996
  • Label: Bear Family
  • UPC: 790051611620
  • Catalog Number: 16116

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Summit Ridge Drive (3:03)
  2. 2 Stomping at the Savoy (2:02)
  3. 3 Sophisticated Swing (2:41)
  4. 4 Kerry Dance (1:35)
  5. 5 Lover (2:49)
  6. 6 Tea for Two (1:47)
  7. 7 Air Mail Special (1:59)
  8. 8 If I Had You (3:11)
  9. 9 Slipped Disc (2:35)
  10. 10 Mellow Mood (1:49)
  11. 11 Eager Beaver (3:45)
  12. 12 Tuxedo Junction (2:46)
  13. 13 Your Heart Darlin' (1:56)
  14. 14 Holiday for Strings (1:51)
  15. 15 Roy's Blues (3:08)
  16. 16 Tuxedo Junction (2:37)
  17. 17 We'll Be Together Again (2:21)
  18. 18 Brazil (2:22)
  19. 19 In the Mood (4:05)
  20. 20 Under the Double Eagle (1:55)
  21. 21 Brown's Ferry Blues (1:38)
  22. 22 Carnival in Paris (1:48)
  23. 23 One Love (2:51)
  24. 24 Can't We Be Friends? (1:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Lanham Primary Artist, Guitar
Lawrence "Red" Wooten Bass
Red Wooten Bass
Jimmie Widener Rhythm Guitar
Donald "Dusty" Rhodes Bass, Rhythm Guitar
Arthur Douglas "Doug" Dalton Mandolin
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
Technical Credits
Paul James Composer
Merle Travis Liner Notes
Frankie Laine Composer
Bob Summers Engineer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
Carl Fischer Composer
Roy Lanham Liner Notes
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Sylke Holtrop Artwork
Willem Makkee Mastering
Tom Sims Illustrations
Gerd Weiler Artwork
Jim Hilmar Illustrations
Kay Swift Composer
Russell Sims Producer, Illustrations
James Lyman Molloy Composer
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