Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Alexander Rabbit - I Didn't Even Thank Her c/w Malaguena
|Imagine high energy surf guitar thrash in the middle of a huge organ pomp epic in 1969... imagine no more! You have to hear this. The a-side is a solid psych vocal called "I Didn't Even Thank Her" that has almost Iron Butterfly pomp and intensity.|
This is a magical single from a band that a started life in Trenton, New Jersey in 1964 as The Galaxies IV, later called The Galaxie V. Still referencing their instro-surf roots at the end of the sixties, The Alexander Rabbit signed to A&M for this single, then to Mercury in 1970 for an album called The Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Bells Were My Friends). Membership over time included Alan Fowler (drums), Chris Holmes aka Duke Williams (guitar), Len Demski (bass), TJ Tindal (guitar), Charles Brodowitz (keyboards), and Steve Shier aka Earl Scooter (vocals).
Track by Track Review
Loaded with major pomp, progressive rock drama, and Leslie organ swirl. this huge track powers and overwhelms. For the first three minutes, it seems like a prog workout, but then along comes the surf guitar playing the melody, and you know why you are listening to it. Big thrash-chord powerful, and very high energy from the mid point onward. One has to wonder what they were thinking! Double picked guitar lines add flair, and superbly cool glissandos finish it off. This is an extremely obscure release - never comped as far as I know. You could argue that "Malaguena" is a vocal, but the title chanted out twice in almost seven minutes is stretching it, and given the amount of surf guitar here, it's well worth overlooking anyway. An awesome surf deviant.