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Guitar Safari

by Sir Clive & the Raging Cartographers

Burnin' surf-rock with guitar solos galore and plenty of psychedelic twists and turns. Perfect music for a long car ride, or just hangin' ten.
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Attack of the Mysterons
4:51 $0.99
2. Guitar Safari!
4:10 $0.99
3. Haybale
3:47 $0.99
4. Evil Surf
4:17 $0.99
5. Silla
0:35 $0.99
6. Sly Fox
3:44 $0.99
7. Aqua \'63
4:10 $0.99
8. Over the Top
4:29 $0.99
9. Quiet Blues
3:45 $0.99
10. Hot Wings
3:54 $0.99
11. Stratosphere
4:27 $0.99
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Album Notes
Guitar Garden Music is proud to announce the release of GUITAR SAFARI, the debut CD from Sir Clive & the Raging Cartographers. Featuring an uncanny mix of ’60s surf and “instro,” with classic rock, shred and blues, GUITAR SAFARI is packed with 11 instrumentals sure to thrill your inner axe demon.

Says Sir Clive leader Pete Prown (also guitarist for the prog-fusion outfit, Guitar Garden), “This album is based on my fascination with the '60s surf era. The music of that epoch was pure and totally guitar-centric. There were no need for vocals or lyrics—just a simple guitar melody was all your local garage band needed.”

The Cartographers, however, amplify traditional instro with wild arrangements, shreddy-guitar tones, and the kick-ass drumming of studioman Phil Robertson. “It wouldn’t feel right if we tried to do an authentic, trad-surf record. So many people do that well already. Our approach is to ‘mix’ some vintage ideas—-like 12-string guitar, Farfisa organ (courtesy of the mysterious Count d'Farfiso), and electric sitar—-into more contemporary guitar styles.”

The result is a barnburner of a guitar album. Pete sets the pace with four hot instrumentals to open the album. “‘Attack of the Mysterons’ is sort of a ‘surf epic,’ in that I took a Rickenbacker 12-string sound and built it up to a massive, almost hard-rock finale. ‘Evil Surf’ has one of those wicked riffs that gets inside your head and won’t let go. That may be my favorite one the album. And people seem to really enjoy ‘Haybale’. This is an homage to chicken-pickin’ guitar. I’m not much of a country player, but I just love listening to the great old-school players like Jimmy Bryant and Joe Maphis. They just kill me.”

Continues the guitarist, “I put a short jazz improv called ‘Silla’ in the middle of the CD—it's a rare moment of quiet.” Then you’ll find the most traditional surf song on there, ‘Sly Fox’, which was inspired by a bout of listening to Sweden’s timeless instro band, the Spotnicks. At the tail end of GUITAR SAFARI, you’ll find the rocker “Over the Top”—replete with bass and electric-sitar solos—and two tracks that may bring Jeff Beck to mind, ‘Hot Wings’ and ‘Stratosphere’. “For me, as a guitarist of the '70s and onward, so many roads lead back to Beck,” says Pete.

“Ultimately, this eclectic 'power twang' approach is what GUITAR SAFARI is all about,” Pete concludes, “It’s that collision of ‘60s, ‘70s and '80s guitar, plus a few crazy, modern ideas. Above all, it had to rock. That was the whole ballgame right there.”



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John Heidt of VINTAGE GUITAR magzine

A mutant '60s-surf record!
[Guitarist] Pete Prown is responsible for the guitar and bass sounds on the record--to say he has some chops would be an understatement. “Attack of the Mysterons” starts with some mid-eastern guitar sounds, morphs into a batch of intertwined guitars, and finally has some pinched-out notes that would make Billy Gibbons smile. The entire record is somewhat of a mutant form of a ‘60s surf record. While you definitely get tons of reverb-drenched guitar, you also get hints of metal, pop, plenty of jazz, progressive rock, funk, and all that lies within those genres. Prown's playing, along with the imagination used in the compositions of the songs, keep things interesting through the entire CD.

Mark Toner, Scotland

A tour-de-force of guitar styles
This is the new CD from Pete Prown of Guitar Garden. So what does a Guitar Safari sound like? The opening track ‘Attack of the Mysterons’ seems to originate from British SF puppet shows of the ’60s, but ‘Quiet Blues’ and ‘Haybale’ are pure Americana. Then ‘Evil Surf’ is just that: surf rock with an evil twist. Mr Prown brings his vast experience as a guitar player to this CD, exhibiting accomplished laid-back jazz and intense shredding, European style rock and the blues--it's a tour de force of guitar styles. This one is definitely going in my car stereo for the summer as I safari across the hills of Scotland.

Fred Lessing, Portugal

This is the ultimate summer album for guitarists!
This is the ultimate summer album for guitarists!

Jim Armstrong

Amazing guitarist!
This is like the best modern surf ever. Just insane guitar playing and memorable tunes, too. I can totally recommend this if you like intense, but fun guitar rock.

Bony Marone

Sparkling, mature, and genuinely inspired
Lots of tasty ideas, very fine guitar work, nice use of effects, spot-on multitracking. Every musical idiom Pete travels in here works extremely well, and his performances are sparkling, mature, and genuinely inspired.