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The Aqua Velvets - 1992dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first Pitstop for the Aqua Velvets way back on May 9th, 1992. This is the classic lineup and classic lush surf 'n' suave sound. An amazing performance! From this session came portions of their Radio Waves CD.
Picks: Pipeline Penetration, Spy In The House Of Love, Pipeline Penetration, Spy In The House Of Love, Diamond Head, Spanish Blue, Mr. Moto, Blue Rumba, Night In Paamul, Surf Boogie, Beauty And The Beach, Gringo, Swampabilly Hop, Tango DeMilo, Bravado

Track by Track Review


Pipeline Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Aqua Velvets opened their soundcheck (May 9, 1992) with a pairing of two surf classics. While the mix is "in development," the band gelled quickly, warming their fingers and oozing fine surf sounds. What's funny is that it opens with the main riff from "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Spy In The House Of Love dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This mid tempo AV original is as smooth as it gets... twangy and suave, fluid and moody. The bugs get worked out of the mix and the band gels. As Miles Corbin and Hank Manninger trade lead lines, it comes together in a liquidy flow.

Pipeline Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Aqua Velvets opened their soundcheck (May 9, 1992) with a pairing of two surf classics. While the mix is "in development," the band gelled quickly, warming their fingers and oozing fine surf sounds. What's funny is that it opens with the main riff from "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

Spy In The House Of Love dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This mid tempo AV original is as smooth as it gets... twangy and suave, fluid and moody. The bugs get worked out of the mix and the band gels. As Miles Corbin and Hank Manninger trade lead lines, it comes together in a liquidy flow.

Diamond Head dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Aqua Velvets are one of the few bands that play the intro correctly and make seem effortless while they're at it. This is crisp and precise, liquid and sparkling. It sports more spirit than the Ventures' original, while precisely delivering the goods. Excellent!

Spanish Blue dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This silky number sports one of the great bass lines which runs perfectly beneath stellar guitar work. The drums provide a perfect tango counterpoint to the guitars as well. An exceptional take.

Mr. Moto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Belairs' classic gets the AV treatment... precision while retaining the magnificent balance between lead and rhythm that is the hallmark of Paul Johnson's writing. The guitar embellishments add to it, as does the silky whammy.

Blue Rumba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The classic rumba drums, the spiffy melody line, the solid bass, the chords... it's, well, inspired! "Blue Rumba" shows of the budding lounge influences the Aqua Velvets were developing long before it was "cool."

Night In Paamul dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Night In Paamul" is silky smooth, sinewy to the point of liquid, with a suave faraway places sound and ultra travelogue feel. Quite nice.

Surf Boogie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A couple of opening chords introduce one of Miles Corbin's more rockin' compositions. The bands pumps out the sound in tight formation as the solid drive of "Surf Boogie" evidences itself. Ultra twang.

Beauty And The Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song is one of their most interesting, with the warmth of the guitar tone balanced against the subtle borrowings from Del Shannon's "Runaway." The spectacular melody line in "Beauty And The Beach" portrays exactly what the title suggests - liquid body lines in the warm sun. A fine track.

Gringo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This gently rhythmic track sparkles with warm Mexican themes laid out on long flowing notes. The delicate balance between lead and rhythm is a necessary part of the success of this tune, as is the excellent drum work and softly flowing bass.

Swampabilly Hop dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This early version of "Swampabilly Hop" opens on guitar, gradually increasing in intensity until the crescendo is reached. Totally infectious, this cross between swampabilly and surf ripples with energy and drives for the jugular.

Tango DeMilo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a grin and a dare, the Aqua Velvets flawlessly deliver "Tango DeMilo" with all the charm and emotional content required of the dance of love. An excellent track.

Bravado dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great chunky jangle, pumping beat, solid bass... The Aqua Velvets display bravado as they deliver "Bravado." Precise, yet very spunky. The dry chop chords in the bridge are very infectious.