REBEL JUKEBOX: The
Falcons' 20th Anniversary Edition
The Falcons, Vancouver’s own instro-surf
quartet celebrate their 20th anniversary with the “All Instro – All
Modern” recording, ‘Rebel Jukebox’ in glorious Nearstereo. Lead
guitarist, Mike Beddoes explains much with his insightful liner notes.
“I learned to play guitar by copying rock & roll I heard on the
radio. The singers were young so I assumed that kids, just a little
older than me were playing. Some of the songs were quite sophisticated
and difficult but I learned them anyway. Years later, I discovered it
was all a cruel hoax. Most of those ‘kids’ were in their 20s and 30s …
some even pushing 40!” Like his inspirations, Beddoes and his buddies
are now elder statesmen of their craft.
Veteran instrumental guitar-rock combo The
Falcons first released Rebel Jukebox
in 2001 to rave notices. To mark the group's 20th anniversary, the
album has been re-mixed and remastered in analogue, with real spring
reverb. The results will thrill lovers of the genre. The Falcons mix
styles nicely, incorporating rockabilly and other genres into their
surf-rock based sound. If you dig The Shadows, The Ventures, or
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, you'll love this. Mainman Mike Beddoes
has a great tone on his lead guitar and writes real catchy tunes. Prime
party aural beach mix.
Erik Coates, CITR Radio, Vancouver
Remixed and remastered version of Canada's
Falcons' album we reviewed enthusiastically way back in 2001. They are
constantly a band we don't hear enough of so this is welcome. Favourite
cuts are "Highway 99", a brilliant rocking four on the floor stomper
and "Dream Rider" with Mike Beddoes' unique and enthralling lead guitar
sound with excellent support throughout the band and "Island Fadeaway"
a lovely gentle swinging exotica twang with great percussion. The boys
put their own spin on "Cruel Sea" and "The Mexican" as bonus tracks and
to their credit, they don't reflect anyone else's version. "Winter
Roads" is a neat jogalong country tune while "Half Nelson" is a rocking
uptempo tribute to the great Sandy Nelson and a superb job done by
drummer Andre. As we said, last time ...**** (4 stars)
As Dave noted in his review of the original
album for Pipeline 52: "There's no question that The Falcons are
amongst the very best of the post-'60s instro bands nor, for that
matter, that their lead guitarist Mike Beddoes is the most original and
distinctive guitarist working in our field today." And of the album
itself: "With repeated plays you begin to venture deeper into the
layers of sound, noticing little inflections and the high quality hooks
and riffs as each track grows in stature. It's like an early morning
flower gradually opening its petals to reveal more and more of its true
beauty." Aaaah, he's an old softie really.
Richard Samwell, BC Musician
First issued in 2001 and recently enhanced with
extra tracks, Rebel Jukebox has The Falcons distilling its pre-Beatles
era instrumental rock into a smooth whole. Occasionally, as on From Sea
To Ska, The Falcons go beyond its self-imposed boundary, and in Half
Nelson, for instance, members step out a little bit. In this case,
drummer Andre DesLauriers sounds like he's paying tribute to Sandy
Nelson. They aren't just playing at a genre but contributing to it.
Featuring 13 classic Falcons instros plus Cruel Sea and The Mexican with Bill Bonney of the legendary 60s UK band, The Fentones, on bass. Originally released in 2001 with liner notes by The Ventures. Re-mixed and mastered in analogue to celebrate The Falcons' 20th anniversary. Complete with a handsome cardboard cover.
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The Falcons (Gord, Gary Schnepper, Andre, Mike) recording Rebel Jukebox at Andre's Imperial Warehouse, Squamish, BC
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