Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Aqua Velvets - 1994dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the second Pitstop for the Aqua Velvets, recorded on January 15th, 1994. The rest of the KFJC sessions on the Radio Waves CD are from this fine set.
Picks: Surf Boogie, Spies In The House Of Love, Surf Boogie, Spies In The House Of Love, Diamond Head, Spanish Blue, Blue Rumba, Night In Paamul, Gringo, Martini Time, Green Sunshine, Surf Nuveaux, Hawaiian Blue, Mr. Moto, Mexican Rooftop Afternoon, Swampabilly Hop

Track by Track Review


Surf Boogie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This driving rendition is from their soundcheck on January 15, 1994. This great rockin' take is marred only by the soundcheck tweaking underway.

Spies In The House Of Love dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Also from soundcheck, this nonetheless displays the Aqua Velvets' trademark liquid sound.

Surf Boogie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This driving rendition is from their soundcheck on January 15, 1994. This great rockin' take is marred only by the soundcheck tweaking underway.

Spies In The House Of Love dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Also from soundcheck, this nonetheless displays the Aqua Velvets' trademark liquid sound.

Diamond Head dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another letter perfect delivery of Danny Hamilton's most familiar composition. Great energy and power.

Spanish Blue dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Spanish Blue" finds an even smoother delivery, with a more liquid feel and an even bigger helping of suave. Amazing.

Blue Rumba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Segueing immediately out of "Spanish Blue," this rocks with an infectious pace and rhythm. "Blue Rumba" is more developed and played in a much hotter style. Excellent!

Night In Paamul dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slow moody piece displays sultry guitar tones and a truly scenic quality. As the sun sets slowly in the West, the Paamulians drift down onto the pampas, where the drifting breezes cool and the sent of open air is strong and clean. It's a very picturesque piece, simple but effective, waiting for a film score to gather it up.

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.

Martini Time dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This grand tune is infectious and rhythmic, with a very fine melody line. The power of the track grows from merely infectious into intensely magnetic as the song develops. Fine guitar work and solid bass and drums throughout.

Green Sunshine dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This take has been released twice (Sounds From The Inside and Reverb Central), and deserves as much exposure as it can be given. Like a liquid merger of the Grateful Dead and surf. Psychedelic, aquatic, and magical, "Green Sunshine" is pure gold.

Surf Nuveaux dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This fine track is a natural follow-on from "Green Sunshine," with a ringing shine to it, as well as a powerful rhythm. "Surf Nuveaux" is a solid merger of surf and liquid psychedelia. The sparkling melody and solid beat ooze Hawaiian big surf from every note.

Hawaiian Blue dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Soft tropical evenings flow from this very romantic island piece. Like a vacation stroll on the beaches of Waikiki, "Hawaiian Blue" slowly floats across the mind like a warm and gentle breeze. Very pretty.

Mr. Moto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Belairs' "Mr. Moto" is precisely played with warm whammy and great guitar interplay. Very infectious and delicate, yet powerful.

Mexican Rooftop Afternoon dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mexican Rooftop Afternoon" is a slower tune with a sinewy melody line and romantic getaway feel. This performance is very clean and emotional. The verse where the harmonics are unleashed is entirely too cool, as is the choppy following verse. It is the variations verse to verse that make this so much more than just great.

Swampabilly Hop dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Featured on Water Logged, this take of "Swampabilly Hop" is downright infectious. High energy and pristine playing, with a huge finally. Yikes!