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The Aces Combo - Introducingdotdot
artworkThis is another in the Collectables series of obscure local band issues. The Aces Combo is about as high school dance typical as you can get, and for that this is priceless. There are a few nice instros, among which is a fine variation on Apache and a very early instro version of Secret Agent Man. They were all 15, except for one being 14. These tracks were recorded in 1967. Interesting glimpse into small town high school rock combo America.
Picks: Apache, No Matter What Shape, Secret Agent Man, This Boy, Wipe Out

Track by Track Review


Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cover of the Jorgen Ingman version of the classic Jerry Lordan hit is not just nice, it's also unusual. The lead guitar tone is gentle and vibratoed, and there are some subtle variations in the melody that create a unique moodiness to it. As demo quality work goes, this is a fine track.

No Matter What Shape dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Billy Joe & the Checkmates hit with this tune based on the antacid TV ad from the sixties. This is a so-so cover, not quite spirited, and not exactly different, but quite listenable.

Secret Agent Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Among the earliest instro recordings of this tune (other than by the Ventures), this is a shimmering vibrato version, and has a nice and unusual character. Muddy and distant, but emergent and curious.

This Boy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Scary to think that this kinda thing could be reverbed into a decent slow-dance surf tune, but here it is. The vibrato shimmers, the melody line works in a minor Blue Moon way. Nice, but not special.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A spirited but unremarkable cover of the Surfaris classic. The drummer is working his ass off, while the band plays placidly. Fun, but not remarkable.