Billy Mure is a first-rate studio guitarist, as well as a composer, arranger and band leader. His instrumental albums of the 1950s, including Supersonic Guitars in Hi-Fi are prized by space-age bachelor-pad music fans for their multi-tracked arrangements and multiply overdubbed instruments, and starting with 1958â€™s Fireworks, their broad â€œLiving Stereoâ€ soundstage. Mure worked behind the scenes as well, providing arrangements for pop hits like â€œDo You Wanna Dance?â€ and â€œBobbyâ€™s Girl,â€ as well as the Beatles knock-off, The Nutty Squirrels. This 1960s entry in Mureâ€™s catalog features a dozen instrumental arrangements of songs written or made famous by Hank Williams.
Though the album is credited to Billy Mureâ€™s Guitar and Orchestra, the â€œOrchestraâ€ is more a matter of Mureâ€™s layering than the use of strings, woodwinds or brass. Mureâ€™s guitars blaze as he overdubs dazzling lead lines atop rhythm playing; the bass and drums add a rock â€˜nâ€™ roll backbeat, and the wordless voices suggest Esquivel; amid the overdubbing and vocalizing, however, Mureâ€™s guitar remains the star. Pop instrumental collectors and fans of Hank Williams will each enjoy this trip through a dozen country classics turned easy listening gold. The only disappointment is the short running time of twenty-four minutes; this would have paired nicely with one of Mureâ€™s many other unreleased albums. [Â©2009 hyperbolium dot com]