Thursday, March 31, 2005

The Ghouls !

One of the unheralded architects of the Southern Californian surf sound, Richie Allen (real name Richie Podolor) played a lot of session guitar on surf and hot rod records in the early '60s, particularly for producer Gary Usher. He also played guitar for drummer Sandy Nelson on the classic "Teen Beat" and other instrumentals, and recorded quite a few surf instrumentals under his own name, although these were rather placid and routine when stacked up against the best of the genre.
The Ghouls' "Dracula's Deuce" Lp sports 6 marvelous Richie Podolor instrumentals. Some have appeared from other sessions under other titles as the Devons, etc. Many of Podolor's studio tracks rank among the very best of the genre. The album was recorded in October, 1964 at Capitol in Hollywood. Podolor arranged his own instro tracks on the fly, and could generally lay down six instros in one three hour session, often from melodies Richie had "lying around." Amazing.

The Ghouls - Voodoo Juice

The Ghouls - Dracula's Theme

The Ghouls - Coffin Nails


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the heads up about Podolor... somehow I'd never heard of him, will definitely be seeking out more.

12:24 AM  
Blogger IanB said...

Nice One Reverend !! Something to get your teeth into, pass the Garlic !!

12:32 AM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

yum yum !

12:05 PM  
Blogger modcentric said...

whoa, i love these instrumentals! never heard of Podolor either, so i'm glad i've found your site! i'm linking your site to mine.. and will be visiting your site often! =)

6:09 PM  
Blogger Reverend Frost said...

Hello Miss, posting Mohammed Rafi is always a good thing ! Welcome to the Mighty Gospel Army (Enchilada's mighty idea actually).

6:43 PM  

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