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The Anacondas - Snakin' All Overdotdotdotdot
artworkThis album is very sturdy and well written, with ample energy and emotional content. I like the Anacondas a lot, and am very glad to finally get a release copy of this fine album to review.

The vocals on this set include a rousing cover of the Trashmen's "King Of The Surf," and the plaintiff "The Girl From Da Bang Cheng."
Picks: The Red Baron On Patrol Again, Kalahari, Il Padrino, Tucson, The Mysterion, Disciples Of Tonka, Vasovic, Pussy Wagon, Inspector Souvlaki, Ripdeal At Zanderij, Theme For A Crispy Duck, Moonprobe / Lost In Space, El Nino

Track by Track Review


The Red Baron On Patrol Again dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The wind howls and the narration introduces Baron Manfred von Richthofen. This is a dark and richly dramatic piece. Slow and very heavy, "The Red Baron On Patrol Again" is ominous and quite visual.

Kalahari dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Kalahari" moves slowly through dark images of mysterious jungle danger. The organ gives it a kind of carnival angle, but mostly it's a relentless picture of an unchanging primal plane. Tribal drums and a more animated break could easily be a great surf instro on their own.

Il Padrino dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a splendid version of the theme from The Godfather. It moves back and forth between wonderful slow moving muted reverb and faster prancing surf. Really fun!

Tucson dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a beautiful track! Haunting, slow, moody, liquid, and very enticing. "Tucson" features a fine melody and a lot of emotional content. It's atmospheric and dramatic, and multidimensional. Wonderful!

The Mysterion dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A circular organ run and surf guitar play a mid-tempo tune with playful melody line and sort of carnival feeling. It's an interesting piece with significant imagery.

Disciples Of Tonka dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Disciples Of Tonka" is a fluffy piece with a chorus and playful sound. The organ takes much of the melody duties, and the breaks are straight out of Duane Eddy's "Because They're Young."

Vasovic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Vasovic" has an Eastern European sound to it. It moves gently with sensual energy, and compels you to listen throughout. It's not a burning tower of power, just a very good journey through slow rolling swells. A fine track!

Pussy Wagon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Long gently whammied chords, haunting ambiance, and a moody melody line create an image of sadness on the dock, or perhaps the desert. "Pussy Wagon" is a very effective track, with quite a bit of imagery and drama.

Inspector Souvlaki dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast moving and playful, "Inspector Souvlaki" sparkles with the contrast between the low rhythm pattern and the high melody line, much like the way later Dick Dale songs did. The change to the slow Greek line drama is very cool, and as it gradually accelerates, it heightens the tension. Cool instro.

Ripdeal At Zanderij dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy rumble and pluck patterns drive this fairly riffy number. Great drums and solid muted guitar. A relentless ringing phone answered in Spanish verbiage seems intended to make this seem like a Mexican epic.

Theme For A Crispy Duck dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Theme For A Crispy Duck" is one fine instro. Ringing guitar, tuff drum and bass, and an optimistically dark sound. Oriental in inspiration and almost oozing the aroma of overcooked duck.

Moonprobe / Lost In Space dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Bombora's "Moonprobe" is melded with the Anacondas' "Lost In Space" (a series of sci-fi effects that seem to go on forever) for an adventure in post-cheesy organ space rock. It's heavy and moody, but did not capture my attention beyond one listening.

El Nino dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Darkening the horizon like an impending deluge, "El Nino" is distantly menacing, a harbinger of ill winds. The darkness of the building thunderhead is quite stark. This is a very effective track. Nearly tribal, dripping in dramatic and delicate guitar, and presenting an emotional edge.