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Welcome To the Instrumental Asylum
Release Date: 13/03/2006
Catalogue No.: BL0510
Record Label: Independent
Format: CD

When electric guitars ruled the earth(tm), the world danced, drank and partied to axe-wielders like Hank B. Marvin, Duane Eddy, Jeff Beck and Peter Green. Following in this tradition, Ben Rogers comes out blazing with his reverb-drenched, surrealist surf/gypsy/Tarantino rock solid guitar sound. There are 18 tracks on this album, seven of them originals along with terrific adaptations of Sleepwalk, Geronimo and Apache (think: Hank B. on acid). All tracks are guitar driven and played with passion, style and skill.

Billy Pinnell writes in JB Mag that you don't need a vocalist “...when the music is driven by a guitar player as extraordinary as former Perth musician Ben Rogers” and “If you love guitar, buy this album.”

“Sandy Feet is a delight while Medina Wedding Blues is haunting and raunchy at the same time. The highlight is a bewildering, inspired version of Django Reinhardt's Nuages which transports the song from the sidewalks of Paris into the electric stratosphere. Astonishing stuff.” [Nova West Magazine, Perth]

“...the bio claims that the album echoes some of the best work of The Shadows, Ventures and Surfaris, which is quite a call, but a valid one. Their cover of Dick Dale’s Shake ‘n Stomp is feverishly hot and the opening track Kangaroux could run at the beginning of the next Tarantino movie. Be sure to listen to it with your dancing shoes on.” [Australian Guitar Magazine]

“…a majestic reading of the Shadows’ Geronimo…glimpses (and sometimes songs) of Django Reinhardt, Peter Green and J.J. Cale poke through Rogers' Strat...” and “A welcome addition to the cowabunga club.” [Vintage Guitar Magazine, USA]



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Ben Rogers' Instrumental Asylum

Welcome To the Instrumental Asylum

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