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Written by Robert Silverstein
April 9, 2021 - 4:57pm EDT
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Based up Scotland, hundreds of miles north of London, U.K. based band The Dinosaurs returned in 2020 with another cool album of guitar instrumentals called DinoFlicks. The Dinosaurs are guitarist / musicologist George Geddes and guitarist Ken Irving, and together they are joined by drummer Dan D Summerund. George is a bonafide expert on guitar instrumental music, having written the definitive biography and discography on U.K. guitar band legends The Shadows back in 1981. The track times on DinoFlicks may be short, the entire 15-track album clocks in just under a half hour, yet it’s packed with a range of inventive guitar instrumentals that combine for 30 minutes of guitar-centric magic. The fare here consists of guitar instrumentals of well-done cover songs, mostly unknown chestnuts begging for a listen, including covers of Paul Anka (yes, that Paul Anka) on a cover of his movie theme song from The Longest Day, as well as more covers of music penned by Ennio Morricone, Vangelis, Hans Zimmer, Ernest Gold and much more, including a Dinosaurs original called “Dino-Mite”. A definite highlight is track seven, “Theme From The Break”, penned by Brian Fahey for the obscure British movie of the same name. Despite the low budget and D.I.Y. approach, the recording sounds pretty good, the guitars are well-tracked and the choice of music is truly mind-blowing. This is just what you’d expect from a surf-rock musicologist and guitarist like George Geddes. For instrumental guitar fans, the Dinosaurs 2020 album DinoFlicks is well worth tracking down and is time well spent.