Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rich Hopkins & Barry "The Fish" Melton - Duel In The Desert - 2007 ("Fantastic" californian guitar based music)


This is a guitar album, and if you do not like loud electric rock music, this CD is not for you. Elder rock legend Barry "The Fish" Melton meets up with one of his biggest fans, Rich Hopkins. Rich, is the rock prince of Tucson, Arizona. Together these two musicians had a plan...turn back the clocks to 1969 and crank it out. 
  Barry, was one of those players that set San Francisco on fire during the mid 1960's, and along with John Cipollina of Quicksilver Messenger Service, he among the very finest guitarists that California had to brag about. English musicians such as: Clapton, Beck and Page, would watch him closely as a study of change that occurred in early 1967, that would forever alter the way that rock music would be performed.
  Over Thanksgiving weekend in 2005 Barry and Rich met up in Arizona, set up their vintage guitars and amps, found a bass guitar player and drummer, and set the clocks back to another time, forty years back near The Golden Gate. 
  Key tracks are: "Alabama Bound", "The Highway Is A Devil", "Thirty Days", "Pretty Polly" and right in the center of the disc, the insrumental track entitled: "Duel In The Desert" that is a classic guitar "Freak-Out" between Barry and Rich of massive distortion and waa-fuzz pedal wonder that really captures the spirit of times long past. This kind of rock music belongs to the young, or the young at heart. Both artists share vocal duties, and Barry has a few moments infront of the microphone on this CD, and he is a welcome surprise as the better vocalist of the two.
  This bluesy, raw rock is way out of place today, in this pop world of: "American Idol" and fans of Jessica's latest release. It is the music of small bars and roadhouses from Tallahassee to Tacoma. This is good rock music that is so much more akin to time way back and of decades past. 
The music here will only appeal to a limited audience, it is the sound of guys playing for the fun of playing.(By Philip S Wolf) 

Track List
01. Alabama Bound
02. I’ve Seen The World From Your Eyes
03. Please Forgive Me
04. Without You
05. The Highway Is A Devil
06. Duel In The Desert
07. Pretty Polly
08. O Death
09. Thirty Days
Line Up
Barry Melton : Guitar, Vocals
Rich Hopkins : Guitar, Vocals
Nick Augustine : Bass Guitar 
Tom Larkin : Drums 

4 comments:

kobilica said...

Awesome album,this really rocks.Great guitar work.Many thanks...

Anonymous said...

Would be nice to downland but seems like the links are gone. Any chance of reups for the two Melton lps. I used to own "We are like the Ocean" but it was stolen from me! Hope it has found a good home!

Emilio Almeida said...

Hello Silverado, we will be eternally grateful if you repost this disc with an updated link.
Hugs,
Emilio Almeida, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Anonymous said...

Great album but...too short. I wish it could last 4 hours.
Thak you
Giandu