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James Calvin WilseyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 19, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • ASIN: B001110QJ2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,799 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Back, James Calvin Wilsey February 20, 2008
By Greg O.
Format:Audio CD
One listen to the gloriously evocative "Diabolic" or "Last Chance" and you'll know Mr. Wilsey's returned in fine form, sounding like the original guitarslinger who fueled the patented Chris Isaak high lonesome guitar sound of "Blue Hotel", "Wicked Game" and "Western Stars". To my ears, James channels equal parts Duane Eddy and Hank Marvin, fashioning one of the most distinctive tones ever. Throw in some moody Western soundtracking and early John Barry scoring and you've got the secret sauce of "El Dorado". Warning: There are no vocals here, just classic rock 'n' roll instrumental stylings.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return of James Wilsey March 4, 2008
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As a fan of early Chris Isaak, I've always been impressed by the early work featuring the amazing James Wilsey on lead guitar. You could always feel the emotions of the songs through that hypnotic guitar playing of his, and it's my opinion that his playing abilities were as much a part of the success of Chris Isaak and Silvertone as Mr. Isaak's crooning. Everytime you hear "Wicked Game" on the radio, it's James's haunting guitar that strikes you most. Sadly, James Wilsey left Chris Isaak and hadn't been heard from since. Within the last decade not a few fans wondered where he went, and when we would be able to hear that signature guitar sound again.

"El Dorado", released in February of 2008, answers this question with an amazing collection of original instrumental pieces that are the best work produced to date. If you liked James Wilsey's playing with Silvertone, you will be amazed by such songs as Tierra Del Fuego and The Rattler, as well as San Bernadino, songs that rank equally with the best of Duane Eddy, Dick Dale, The Shadows, and Link Wray.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting Stratocaster Tones February 25, 2008
By D. Pike
Format:Audio CD
The tones that James Wilsey evokes from his Fender Stratocaster will scorch your days and haunt nights. Vast lonely vistas and mean streets mixed with a strange lost-dream feeling that reminds; you must have been here before. Twang, reverb and tremolo: the hot wind blows across the endless High Plains, you thirst for a drink of cool water. The sun beats down on the brim of your Stetson; Maria still waits across the inhospitable frontier. A beautiful scenic (and sonic) adventure. James Wilsey would do well scoring movies, who will be fortunate enough to snatch him up for their next epic? (Tarantino, are you listening?)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You really need to buy this CD! March 1, 2008
Format:Audio CD
If you don't have this CD, you need to buy this CD, NOW! I've bought it, bought it for friends, I feel everyone should have it, and to have it, you should BUY a copy so the artist gets compensated accordingly for their work. It's one of those great CDs that you can listen to all the way through, no need to forward through the 'not so good' stuff to get to the good stuff, this is all good. If any of you were there back in the 'day' to hear this great guitar sound when he played with Chris Isaak, then you will instantly recognize that THIS is the sound that has been missing from your life for all these years (almost 20 years, right ladies?) ANYway, what are you doing sitting and reading my review? GO BUY THIS CD, buy a few and get free shipping, BUY THIS CD NOW! It will make you a better person...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Take It Jim - Get Gone Cal May 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Jimmy (James) Wilsey got me into surf music in the 80s-90s. This is why I love retro sounding music. I always wondered what had happened to him and I am glad he is back. He is totally important at least to me as a guitarist. His tone is king. Very few people ever have the tone and the depth of a guitarist like him. I recall hearing about him with a band called the Mysteries a couple of years back and then nothing.
While I still dig Chris Isaaks band and they are top notch, his sound is more adult contemporary now. He has a different sound without Jimmy. But you can only be in the Shadows so long. I hope it isn't his last CD for 14 years.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Dan
Format:Audio CD
It's been a long time since Wicked Game was released, but Wilsey still has it! He delivers on every note and every bend in a way that few guitarists can. If you enjoyed the noises he made with Chris Isaak and Silvertone, you owe it to yourself to listen to this record! Bravo Jimmy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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The Haunting Vintage Fender tone with all that reverb and big headroom is back. People might remember that sound from the early days of Chris Isaak and the Silvertones. Well that guitar tone behind Chris Isaak was the man himself James Calvin Wilsey. And after the long time off he is back with the petal to the metal with El Dorado! When you hear the first song "El Dorado' to the 10th song "Insomnia" you just want to play it again and again. It will put you in a state of mind that you just want to jump in your car and drive out west. So pickup El Dorado, Fillup the gas tank put on your cowboy hat and boot's put in the CD and turn it up on your way to El Dorado. You don't want to ever go back. You just want more after this.
Joseph R DiMalante aka Joe Russ DeMar
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jimmy Wilsey June 30, 2008
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This is a fabulous record. Jimmy has crafted perhaps the instrumental record of the year! From his days as bass player w/The Avengers to being the "mind behind" the Chris Isaak band (listen to them after he was asked to leave the band), to the "lost years" in LA, Jimmy has always been a consummate player with impeccable chops, taste and style.

This record has been in the 5cd mix from the moment he sent me a demo in Decembr; we listen to it at least once a week. It speaks volumes that I bought some other copies to give as gifts from amazon....

I watched Jimmy from afar in the 70s in the pit at the Fab Mab and other venues, and became friends with him in the late 80s and early 90s. He decamped to LA in the late 90s and we lost touch.

This record is one for the ages, folks. Buy, buy, buy....

Buy this record fools, it will change your life.........
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Twang, bang thank you mang
Stumbled across this cd as I was in a music (Ameoba in Berkeley great great store) store (yes, some still exist) looking for some other disks and this was playing. Read more
Published on April 3, 2012 by Lake Chabot
5.0 out of 5 stars Wilsey's world is waiting
It took some time, but this album has completely won me over. At first I thought it no more than a good genre piece, retro and all that. But James Wilsey's music goes deeper. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by Hans
1.0 out of 5 stars He's Such A Great Player, But Sush A Lame CD
I'll make It Short And Well, I Guess Not So Sweet. Great Musician But Sadly He Just Coped A Bunch Of Old Great Intro Licks To Famous Hit Tunes From The 50's & 60's & Didn't Attempt... Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Spider K. Blues
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, haunting western guitar
I listened casually to, and enjoyed Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" years ago - but the thing that totally made that song work for me was always the echoing electric hollow-body lead... Read more
Published on August 12, 2010 by So I sez:
2.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound? Yes - Great Songs? No
James certainly creates some great guitar sounds in the studio, but cool tones are not enough. Most songs start of kinda cool, but end up being very repetitious. Read more
Published on December 12, 2009 by Music Police
5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar, man!
If you like the signature guitar riffs on the early Chris Isaak albums, you already like James Wilsey. Read more
Published on June 4, 2009 by BDJones
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good work...
I really, really enjoy this CD, but you have to be ready for this kind of music. It isn't everyone's cup of tea. Read more
Published on March 17, 2009 by Catfish
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild West Here We Come
El Dorado (2008) lives up to its name -- it is an instrumental journey into the wild west through and through. Read more
Published on March 10, 2009 by Gary Reiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff!
If you are familiar with James Wilsey, you probably don't need to read this review!

However, if you are not familiar with him, he was the guitar player for Chris Isaac... Read more
Published on January 12, 2009 by Louis E. Comeaujr
5.0 out of 5 stars James Wilsey CD
Fabulous! This CD is amazing. James Wilsey is the best guitarist alive today and this is an incredible CD. Read more
Published on September 1, 2008 by Deborah Judd
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James Wilsey is back!
Yes,that's great news! I saw him with Chris Isaak in France 20 years ago,he was the business. I also love Hershel Yatovitz who now plays with Chris but I have a preference for Jimmy's style.
Feb 14, 2008 by Eric Jacob |  See all 5 posts
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