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Abisal - Take A Tripdotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD is mostly covers, but the arrangements are off the beaten path just far enough to keep the songs fresh, and in some cases, present them in new light. Very good listening.
Picks: Penetration, The Hearse, Take A Trip, Surf Party, Libertango, Midnight Too, Banzai Pipeline, Surf Rider, El Toro, Movin', Misirlou, The Ultrafactor, Pyramid Stomp, Caveman

Track by Track Review


Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting treatment of the Pyramids' ultra hip "Penetration." It's on the thump-n-bump side and features unusual use of keys to create a wholly original soundwash. Lots of energy and rhythmic attraction.

The Hearse dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood wonderful song is done with a warm and rich tone and less rhythm domination than the Al Casey or Astronauts originals. The glissandos are aggressive, while the rest of the track has a somewhat gentle character. Very cool.

Take A Trip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a fairly non-surf melody and combo rock structure, "Take A Trip" is nonetheless a solid reverb track with a real sense of travel and adventure. The trumpet adds a sense of Latin America to the visuals. Very nice!

Surf Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a different sounding version of Bobby Beverly and William Dunham's surf film score. The lead guitar seems to be phrased as if it's a blues guitar, though it's not a blues song or a blues sounding ax. Maybe it's just me, but it adds a unique characteristic to an often covered song.

Libertango dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This original has dramatic tom toms and a moderate pace driving a sad and visual piece that's somewhere between spaghetti western and surf. The drums are great, and the emotional content very clear. Nice track.

Midnight Too dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dissonant notes run under a circulating surf riff before island chords bring forth a spy-like melody and a slightly mysterious feeling. It's gutty and smooth, and very visual.

Banzai Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini classic "Banzai Pipeline" is very nicely done, with a smoother sound than most versions, while it retains the strangeness of the Mancini original. Based on the Astronauts' arrangement, but changed considerably.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This moderately paced version of Nokie Edwards' song made famous by the Lively Ones is smooth and pretty close to the "hit" version in feeling, though not as atmospheric and commanding. Very easy to listen to, and very respectful. The sax work is solid and true to form.

El Toro dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is neither Link Wray's nor the Surfmen's song, though it's somewhat similar to one of the Surfmen versions. Spanish feel, colorful ambiance, and a great gentle melody makes for a fine listening experience.

Movin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a good version of Lee Hazelwood's "Movin'" that is aurally somewhere between surf and eleki. Great fun.

Misirlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Misirlou" has been done a million times. Less common are arrangements that aren't hell bent for leather or very slow and silky. It's a lot like the Cornells / Surf Riders version in pace and character. The relaxed delivery allows a very pleasurable listening experience, and the duel trumpets add a real sense of Latin-surf and period flair. Very cool!

The Ultrafactor dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's great to see someone cover the Ultras! "Ultra Factor" is one of Eric Lenchner's more sultry powerful tracks. The shimmer and throb of this version are very effective. I think Eric would be pleased.

Pyramid Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The ska guitar, pumping beat, the very cool melody combine to create a pure fun party track. It builds and rocks and grooves with a grin. Totally cool! This is not the Pyramids song of the same title. Writer's credit is William Dunham and Jimmy Haskell, so I'm guessing it's from a soundtrack.

Caveman dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Deep and gutty, primal rock'n'roll with twangy weirdness and lowbrow fun. Very nicely done. If you like the Reventlos' "Planet Reventlo," you'll dig this! This is credited to Richie Allen (Richard Podolor), but it's the Eddie Angel song.