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Aki Aleong and the Nobles - Come Surf With Medotdotdotdot
artworkThis was some kinda band. They were among the chief inspirations for Ron Wilson of the Surfaris. Their sound was heavy and chunky. Ralph Geddes, Paul Geddes, Marty Smith, Rick Gardner, and Ron Smith were the band. The Nobles got the same treatment from Aki Aleong as the Surfmen had, except that in the case of the Nobles, Aki's name was appended to theirs, and his picture appeared on the album cover. He did sing "Mary Ann (Come Surf With Me)" with them, but otherwise, they were only associated via production.
Picks: Miserlou, Earthquake, Body Surf, Apache, Panic, Surf Beat, Pipeline, Torture, Gun and Surf, Hiawatha, Surf Rider

Track by Track Review

Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty tame, though very competent rendition. It's down played from the usual version, with a more restrained delivery, depending more on the damped chords. Fine performance, with liquid glissandoes. The arrangement is mostly the Surfers Choice version.

Earthquake dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This fine tune was covered by the Surfaris. It is mean and vibrato laden, and uses echoplex string swipes to simulate the same sorts of sounds they used when they covered "Moon Dawg." It's a very rhythmic track, full of body and power. This band's output on Vee Jay should be released!

Body Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Body Surf" a boogie progression over a surf beat with chunky rhythms. It's not their best recording, yet it has a certain draw that makes it work really well. It's is a lesser tune from the album, fairly dry, simple progression based and quite rhythmic.

Apache dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an unusual version of "Apache." It sports a more chunky bed, with the surf treatment and spirit. It's restrained and damped, yet has a magnetic sound. Excellent. The arrangement is different enough to hold it apart from the crowd.

Panic dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Major chunk and grind as the Nobles grunt through a very "Surf Beat" inspired tune with screams and drive. High spirits, frat surf thunder, and lots of chemistry. very cool.

Surf Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf Beat" is majorly chunky. The lead is subdued somewhat, but the piano is very cool. The raspy sax is fine too. Excellent period surf.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the Chantays' classic is played well, adapted to their sound, and richly textured. The glissandoes are a played with the reverb short and tight, giving them a unique sound. Nice version.

Torture dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fendermen's classic B-side is given the surf treatment to fine effect. It's chunkier than the original, but the classic Fender sound of the the Minneapolis originators is retained, punctuated with bass and drums. Very nice.

Gun and Surf dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" morphed in the key of reverb, with chunk, whammy, plinky piano, and an infectious mid tempo pace. Excellent.

Hiawatha dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well, this is it. The Nobles adapted the Hamms' beer commercial jingle ("From The Land Of Sky Blue Water") into a monster surf anthem. The Surfaris covered it to great effect. This is simply essential surf. Chunky, rhythmic, understated, tom tom driven, and without a doubt, magnetic. Excellent! This is the track that shows why Ron Wilson thought this was the best surf band around.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slightly chunked up version of the Lively Ones cover of the Ventures... it's a long trip, but worth the time. The Nobles replace the beauty of the Lively Ones with chunk, and the dry charm of the Ventures with damped reverb. Very nice indeed.