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The Starfires - Hand Full Of Blood
An Illinois label issued this. There are behind the bridge fills, tribal drums,
eerie guitar leads, and a cool rhythmic second guitar. A fine track, exotic and most unusual.
The Surf Coasters - Dreams
This is probably my favorite Surf Coasters track. It is infectious, melodic,
powerful, and the intentional compressor breathing adds an element of primitively to an otherwise
pristine track. The edge and beauty are unmistakable.
Surf Report - Naugahyde
Naugahyde is just a perfect surf tune. It speaks of open coastal
road drives along cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The riffs and embellishments are just plain
wonderful. While it is not exactly whistle-able, it really sticks in the memory banks. It's infectious
and powerful. Even the false start is perfectly enjoyable. For my money, this is Surf
Report's best track ever.
Ronny Kae & The Saints - Swimming Drums
Two-note muted reverb rhythm brings on the surf, and a dark surf melody strikes out for storm-generated
gray-green break. Much more dark and surfy than their other singles. The illusiveRonnie
Kae and the Saints cut this instro for release on Band Box 362.
Les Sunburst - Plage Avenue
My goodness, what a grand instrumental. the chords just sparkle as the melody flows like water.
Plage Avenue is a super instro with a compelling structure. Even the slightly stilted midesction
is curiously engaging. Slwish, gentle, and very aquatic. I love this song!
Da Surfones - Mar i Morena
"La Mar i Morena" sports an interesting blend
of sounds and exotic snare with very heavy surf reverb and thundering bass. Very heavy and rhythmic,
and attractive in a demanding kinda way. Really unique and modern use of the trad form. Great
and frequent glissandos, and plenty of changes! "La
Mar i Morena" is based in a traditional Spanish Xmas song. The translation
means something like "The sea and the Black-Haired Girl".
The unique introduction is done with a zambomba (a traditional Spanish Christmas instrument)
plus a liquor ragged bottle and a wooden stick!
The Verbtones - Les Berrelles
"Les Barrelles" is a slowish song with great
damped-reverbed rhythm guitar and a distant lead playing a haunting melody line. A fine instro
with an ominous edge and chunkiness.
The Star Tones - The Chase
Echoed guitar driving sideways on the Road Runners' "Quasimodo." So,
the question is, which came first? This is a very interesting arrangement. It loses none of the
charm, and because it's morphed so much, it has a fresh feel despite it's obvious cover roots.
Originally issued on Band Box 354.
Steve Soest - El Sleazo Chorizo
This reggae based thing uses a melody line reminiscent of "Don't Fear
The Reaper," but not derivative of it. It's infectious, way fun, and
just quirky enough to capture your heart. Totally in the groove, and imaginative. Original concepts,
surfed to the luau max.
The Misty Knights - Misty Nights)
Tribal drums, heavy surf guitar, and a mean sound characterize this evil 1963 surf monster from
Tulsa, Oklahoma. It's thundering, surfy, rolling, and ominous to the max. A simple effective
dark surf rave.
Bob Vaught & The Renegaids - Bo Gator
One of the more obscure tracks from Bob Vaught and the Renegaids, this strongly Bo
Diddley influenced track rocks and pumps! Great sax lines and Bob Vaught's
classic grodie guitar.
Bobby Wayne - Torquila
Bobby Wayne based this on The Champs' "Tequila" and
the Fireballs' "Torquay." The influence of both
are apparent in the song, yet "Torquila" ends
up being very original. It's low energy, low key sound is somehow exciting.
Die Sputniks - Spanish Gypsy Dance
East German band Die Sputniks play this Cossack ballad
with shine and joy. It's pretty spiffy. The rhythm is infectious and the melody wonderfully warm.
Invoking images of village dances, this plays on the senses like the shadows cast from an open
The Surf Piranhas - Attleboro Surf
Another completely infectious number from this most inventive and curious band. The glissandoes
that open the track crash down, then reverse to rise, then down and back up again... really cool!
A great infectious surf track that is so melodic it nearly speaks to you, as if the guitar were
actually singing lyrics! Amazing track!
Jackie Yoshikawa & Blue Comets - Sentimental Guitar
This is a very nice track, and was also done by Takeshi Terauchi & Blue Jeans,
japan's most successful eleki band. Interestingly enough, there are a series of clicks in the
first verse that sound like vinyl noise.
Jay Bee & The Kats - Tension
Somewhat in the style of the Titans, "Tension" is
a rolling infectious and quickly picked number with major draw. Thin guitar tone, but with rapid
fire notes and that classic midwest surf twang, plus great rolling tom toms.
Sprayface - Pipedream
Tribal drums echo with jungle danger. As they come to a stop, a lonely guitar delivers a "Pipeline"-esq
rhythm. The main melody line is more hypnotic than melodic, and on the hard rock side. "Pipedream" is
Jim Waller & The Deltas - Exotic
It's interesting to hear Jim Waller's luau lounge interpretation of the mariachi arrangement
of this Pachuko Soul classic. It's very cool, and when compared to modern,
or even vintage lounge, it's unsurpassed in campy cheese wonderment. A very enjoyable fun track,
with wood blocks banging away, and a real Central Valley swing going.
Kai Winding featuring Kenny Burrell - Surf Bird
A slightly western feel here, with a modern rock tone and melody line. Enough twang to fit into
a spaghetti western set.
Los Vengadores - Pagoda
Dark bass underpins a garage surf number with muted lead lines. It's gentle at times, and edgy
at others. This is a catchy number.
Los Weelers - Yerba Verde
Cool drums bump and thump under the vibrato shimmer of the surf guitar. It's a cover of a light
weight pop song from the late fifties or early sixties that I can't place (maybe Anita
Bryant?). Highly infectious and melodic, "Yerba Verde" sways
with liquid reverb charm and great drums. Completely fun.
Los Yabbadabbadoos - Surfing Lila
This is a heavy rhythmic number with te kind of intensity that The Detonators are capable of.
Intense twang, angular tone, and a spaghetti meets surf feeling. Rockin' cool!
Harlow Wilcox & The Oakies - Groovy Grubworm
This is a bouncy country gimmick hit, with great damped guitar lines and a catchy riff. Entirely
cool, like something that Buck Owens or Dave Myers could have made great. A very fun track.
Marrell's Marauders - The Marauder
No relation at all to the band on the previous track, or the Sacramento band, Marrell's
Marauders were from Madison, Wisconsin. They morphed their name from the Marauders after
realizing how many other bands used the same name. In 1964, two years after forming, they cut "The
Marauder" as the B-side to their "I Wanna Do
It" single. It's a riffy fast and infectious Midwest charmer with tribal
drums and warm guitar tone not unlike the Furys. A raspy sax fills out the
break with raging guitar glissandoes underneath. Pretty tuff.
Stairway To The Stars - Dry Run
No, it's not going to be like a great precursor to "Stairway To Heaven." After
all, that was Spirit's "Elijah."
The Stairway To The Stars use a chorded sound with psychedelic guitar lead,
playing a surf structure that is essentially The Vistas' "No
Return." Very interesting track.
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