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Mike Adams and the Red Jackets - Surfers Beatdotdot
artworkThis variant of the Surfers Beat release has 13 tracks, with some alternate takes, different mastering, etc. Nothing earthshaking!
Picks: Green Sleeves And Blue Baggies, Green Sleeves And Blue Baggies

Track by Track Review


Red River Rock dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While Steve Douglas' sax wails, the band behind him is light weight, and the backtrack arrangement is less than interesting. Ho-hum! I'll stick with Johnny and the Hurricanes!

Surfer's Beat dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Little Richard's "Lucille" provides the rhythm idea, and the melody is Percy Montrose's "Oh My Darling, Clementine." Dismissible!

Woodie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Perhaps the most interesting song on the Surfer's Beat LP, at least from an originality perspective, "Woodie" employs an original rhythm riff and frantic drums with walking bass. Otherwise jammy, it's just odd enough to stand out. While this is an "extended version," it's half the length of the original release, and the left-right is reversed. It's really just part one of the original track.

Woodie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Perhaps the most interesting song on the Surfer's Beat LP, at least from an originality perspective, "Woodie" employs an original rhythm riff and frantic drums with walking bass. Otherwise jammy, it's just odd enough to stand out. This "short version" about ten seconds shorter than the extended version. It's really just part two of the original track.

Green Sleeves And Blue Baggies dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the complete track without the fade that's always at the end. I know know why they faded it out - the tape ended! It's tasteful version of King Henry VIII song for Anne Boleyn, "Green Sleeves." This may just be a different take from the same sessions as The Wavecrests, as it sounds very similar, just not exact.

When The Kooks Go Surfin' By dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Virgil Stamp's "When The Saints Go Marching In" is rocked up, but is a long way from essential, or even very interesting, though the drums do rock.

Foam And Fiberglass dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This version of "Blue Tail Fly" heavily is influenced by Johnny and the Hurricanes' "Beatnik Fly." The drums rock, the piano if cool, and the frantic pace kinda cool.

Hot And Glassy dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The fluffy backtrack and arrangement are just not very interesting - in fact, I'd say they border on juvenile. "Hot And Glassy" is a fast number with relentless drums and a speed freak pace. Some really nice piano and occasional sax flair.

Queen's Surf dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Queen's Surf" is a romp through James Whitcomb Riley's "Shortnin' Bread." Pure pap, more or less. Quite dismissible.

Rompin' At Rincon dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richard Penniman's "Lucille" is the basis of "Rompin' At Rincon." Very pedestrian.

Wipe Out At Sunset Beach dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very pedestrian blues jam. Its unremarkable riffs and structure just don't create a lasting impression. Some melody lines are borrowed from Fat's Domino.

Red River Rock dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an alternate take of "Red River Rock." Steve Douglas' sax wails, but the band behind him is light weight, and the backtrack arrangement is less than interesting. Ho-hum! I'll stick with Johnny and the Hurricanes!

Green Sleeves And Blue Baggies dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a tasteful version of King Henry VIII song for Anne Boleyn, "Green Sleeves." This may just be a different take from the same sessions as The Wavecrests, as it sounds very similar, just not exact.