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Adrian and the Sunsets - Breakthroughdotdotdot
artworkAdrian & the Sunsets was drummer Adrian Lloyd's band after he left the Rumblers. This is the original-vinyl release. The vocals here are dreadful, and could just as well have been left off. The instros are better, but this was not a particularly great record. Their best post Rumblers recordings were released on an ep as the Hollywood Sunsets after Adrian left, which was very surfy and almost progressive.
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Track by Track Review


Breakthrough dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a semi quirky spirited show number. It has plenty of pizzazz, but not much melody. It is a stomp-oriented number that rocks, and is quite fun.

Slippin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Slippin'" is a "Wipe Out" based number that is little more than derivative. It beckons too strongly to the Surfaris classic, and bears too little identifiable uniqueness.

Nothin' But Drums Part 1
Surf (Instrumental)


Nothin' But Drums Part 2 (for surfers only) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Nothing But Drums Part 2" may be for surfers only, but it isn't any more interesting than part one.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Every band in old LA had to do "Wipe Out" live, but did they have to record it too? "Wipe Out" should never be covered by anyone. No drummer has ever bested Ron Wilson at this, his trademark song. There are lots of reasons, but mostly it is Ron's fluid playing style, widely varying attack, and erratic timing that made it work.

Boss dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Boss" is a song that Adrian Lloyd brought with him from the Rumblers, but it's just not as strong as the original. Certainly, they had a right to cover it, but it has none of the magic of the original.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chantays's "Pipeline" is not very well played. It's nice enough, but without the glissandos, it just doesn't work very well. The piano is quite nice, though.

Stomping Time dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Stomping Time" is pretty much standard 50's instro fair, nothing remarkable.