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The A-Bones - Daddy Wants A Cold Beer And Other Million Sellersdotdotdot
artworkIt's been 20th years since the birth of The A-Bones. This 46 track double CD cuts a wide swath across their career, including four mono instros. The A-Bones will drool.
Picks: Spooks A Poppin' Theme, Hekawi, Third Pint From The Sun, Genocide

Track by Track Review

Spooks A Poppin' Theme dotdotdot
Surfin' The Casbah (Instrumental)

Halloween strikes via this vibrato driven specter theme tune. A minimal progression, akin to the Saxons' "Camel Walk." The sax and throbbing guitar, plus the pulsing bass line and cool drums create the same kind of magic as the Saxons, even sounding as aged. Nice tune.

Hekawi dotdotdot
Surfin' The Casbah (Instrumental)

"Hekawi" is a thick, nasty riff rocker. Strongly based on "Comanche," but with the chant replaced by this title. Glissandos fly, sax squonks, and the raw energy demands attention.

Third Pint From The Sun dotdotdot
Surfin' The Casbah (Instrumental)

If you thought there would be any reference to Jimi Hendrix' "Third Stone From The Sun," you were in error. This is big, thick, drum stompin' riff honkin' drunken bar frolic, and - oh yeah - it rocks! Intense.

Genocide dotdotdot
Surfin' The Casbah (Instrumental)

Link Wray's dark and brooding "Genocide" is done with as much gloom as The A-Bones can muster! I usually don't think sax is compatible with Link Wray, but it sure works in this murky wash of grunge.