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Aqua Vista - The Gentleman Racer Limited Edition Mini LPdotdotdot
artworkThis 7 inch album is a reduction of Aqua Vista's great Gentleman Racer CD. It sports big reverb, solid tune choices, and tons of energy delivered with thrashy abandon. This is easily the heaviest 7 inch record I've ever picked up... must weigh a pound! Well, almost.
Picks: Surf Party, Down Shiftin', Armadillo Races, Slim Side, Rapido-A-GoGo, Gravel Rash, Torque Induction, Surf Creature

Track by Track Review


Surf Party dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rock solid cover of Astronauts' "Surf Party" slams home the racing waves of trad surf. This magnificent tune is given the raging treatment, and as in nearly every cover of it, ends up being a powerhouse track. On CD, the lads called it "AC Cobra."

Down Shiftin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Similar to an obscuro which alludes me at the moment, this mighty sporty track oozes coolness and power. Big thrashy power and melodic as well.

Armadillo Races dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big riff twang, and under 30 seconds long. Guess those armadillos only sprint.

Slim Side dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Link Wray tune is given the reverb murk treatment, and comes out in a shimmering slosh of surf and back alley danger. Very cool.

Rapido-A-GoGo dotdotdotdot
Power Thrash Surf (Instrumental)

Beware title tracks... but not this time. Power punched amp wrangling surf thrash with an insane drive.

Gravel Rash dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf riff driven, reverb murked, and hard charging, with a catastrophic end.

Torque Induction dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an early Phantom Surfer's tune, trashed out and made even murkier... really, and it works really well. Geez, what a surf noise!

Surf Creature dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is Bob Hafner's "Surf Creature," powered up and murked out. Big and fast, and sludgy. Dangerous and fast.