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The Aqua Marines - The Living Room Sessionsdotdotdot
artworkThe Aqua Marines hail from Oakhurst , Coarsegold, and Ahwahnee, California. Their originals are very good, and their covers mostly accurate. These sessions are adequately captured on tape to display the basic talent in the band, but no where near good enough to do justice to their sound, especially on the originals.
Picks: The Pearler, Russian Roulette, Bangalore, Chain Link, The Victor, Cecilia Ann, Penetration, Tranquilizer, Mavericks Revenge, Twilight Zone, Surf Rider

Track by Track Review


The Pearler dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Pearler" is a fine original with quirky rhythm blending middle eastern and ska elements. Delightful damped reverb against whammy chords in a powerful yet gentle format. Quite infectious.

Russian Roulette dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Nevegans' infectious "Russian Roulette" is reverently laid out. This performance shows off their love of the vintage form.

Bangalore dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aside from the Surf Raiders and the Mad 3, the Blazers' "Bangalore" has been long overlooked. This is a tight and powerful performance, with dribbling double picking and lots of drive. Excellent.

Chain Link dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little whammy, a touch of long drifting chords, a sense of Link Wray in a cove, and you get the idea. Minimalist surf with a sense of danger. The lead guitar is buried under the long rhythm chords, but below lurks a powerful tune.

The Victor dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale and his Del-tones's often covered middle eastern flavored epic tale of conquest is delivered with flair and drive.

Cecilia Ann dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nearly every cover of this tune apes the Pixies' punkoidal reworking. The Aqua Marines stick to the Surftones original with reverence and spunk. Quite nice.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an accurate cover of the Pyramids hit. There is a virtual sea of versions, some really original in arrangement. While this is moderately readapted, it doesn't rise above the crowd.

Tranquilizer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Lively Ones' "High Tide" a.k.a. "Tranquilizer" is delivered much as intended. While well played, it's lacks that certain something setting it apart. Having said that, it's quite pleasing.

Mavericks Revenge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An original with splashy reverb and an infectious melody line. It rises and falls like the sea, with a solid surfability and drama. The writing is excellent, as is the arrangement.

Twilight Zone dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A straight cover of the Ventures doing the TV theme. Fun, but unremarkable.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' "Spudnik" made so famous by the Lively Ones is arranged like a cross between the two. Not quite as liquid as the Lively Ones, but surfier than the Ventures.