13.3.05

GARAGE AND BEAT

THE LINK QUARTET
"Italian Playboys" CD
This is music to eat pizza in your snazziest smoking jacket to. Or maybe that's just my limited imagination coming to the fore in response to the provocative title. This is one of the premiere bands recording for a label devoted to the super cool sounds of the Hammond organ in a retro setting. If you like Booker T & the MGs, "Shades of..." era Deep Purple and/or Stereophonic Space Sound Unlimited, you will appreciate where this group is coming from. There are a couple of vocal tracks, but the majority of the material is made up of swinging, whacked out instrumental cuts. The covers include works by the Beatles, Santa Barbara Machine Head and four others. Eight of the fourteen tracks are band originals and shine just as brightly. (Hammond Beat www.hammondbeat.com)