Editors’ Notes Jan Davis was an unheralded guitar slinger who haunted the Los Angeles studio scene in the early ‘60s and cut a number of blazing solo instrumental sides along the way. Boss Guitar collects 20 singles that Davis released during this period. Many guitarists of the era found a successful style early in their careers and stuck with it, like the nimble-fingered minor-key surf rock of Dick Dale, the tightly wound fuzztone of Travis Wammack, or the distortion-drenched biker tunes of Davie Allan. For his part, Davis impatiently leapt from style to style. One moment he’d turn out something like “Watusi Zombie”—a truly zonked-out bit of rockabilly-inflected camp—and then he’d slow down the pace for the likes of “The Unwanted,” a noir-ish mood piece combining the glowering distortion of Davie Allan with the grandiose theatrics of Ennio Morricone. Davis’ stylistic restlessness lends a compelling eclecticism to Boss Guitar, which will continue to surprise listeners long after most compilations of guitar instrumentals would have worn out their welcome.

SONG
Fugitive
1
2:09
 
The Time Funnel
2
1:40
 
Watusi Zombie
3
1:59
 
Pooky
4
2:00
 
Walkin' Back
5
2:01
 
Guitar Star
6
2:16
 
Man from Nowhere
7
2:09
 
Lost In Space
8
2:27
 
(Return Of) The Green Hornet
9
2:19
 
Boss Machine
10
2:24
 
More (Theme from Mondo Cane)
11
1:52
 
Mystique
12
2:24
 
The Unwanted
13
2:12
 
Run for Your Life
14
2:10
 
Dreamer
15
2:11
 
Hop, Skip & Jump
16
2:10
 
Scramble
17
2:00
 
Snow Surfin' Matador
18
2:24
 
The Flight of the Bee
19
2:16
 
In Combat
20
2:16
 
Vertigogo
21
2:01
 
Surf Buster
22
2:14
 

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