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The Aqua Velvets - Sweetwater, Mill Valley, CA - January 17, 2003dotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine set of acoustic and electric surf-instro sounds recorded ambiently at the Sweetwater in Mill Valley in January of 2003. The musicians on this CD are Miles Corbin - acoustic and electric guitar, Ferenc Dobronyi - acoustic and electric guitar, Michael Lindner - acoustic bass, Shigemi Komiyama - drums, and the illusive John on congas.
Picks: Spanish Blue, Quintana Roo, Sister Moonlight, Martini Time, Gringo, Mysterious Mambo, Nomad, Casbah Club, Mexican Rooftop Afternoon, Surf Nouveau, Surf Mania, Bravado

Track by Track Review

Spanish Blue dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Miles Corbin' delicate acoustic guitar brings a sinewy flow to "Spanish Blue." This is so romantic, with visions of far away villages.

Quintana Roo dotdotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

"Quintana Roo" is originally from Miles Corbin's solo Tiki Hut project. This magnificent piece of music is still moody and warm acoustically, with a great melody enhanced by the soft setting.

Sister Moonlight dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Moonlit luau romance floats through the tropical night on the aroma of coconut and palm oil. Simply very pretty.

Martini Time dotdotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

"Martini Time" continues to be one of the coolest and most infectious of the Aqua Velvets' songs. Acoustically, it loses nothing of the slither and suave. Very pretty!

Gringo dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Always a beautiful melody, "Gringo" takes on another dimension of acoustic softness. Soft electric slither is provided by Ferenc Dobronyi. Stunning!

Mysterious Mambo dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Miles' silky chords shimmer with island imagery. Ferenc Dobronyi's soft electric guitar magic adds a haunting country air. Sultry and very pretty.

Nomad dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Much sadder than in electric format, and with liquid guitar notes, "Nomad" is a stunning piece. Like a liquid spaghetti epic, or perhaps a south seas adventure. Brilliant.

Casbah Club dotdotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Acoustically exploring Bedouin caravans across the equatorial night with exotic sounds. Mysterious and very moving, "Casbah Club" is amazingly effective on acoustic guitar. You can almost see the belly dancers in the sultan's harem.

Mexican Rooftop Afternoon dotdotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Both guitar players move to soft electric axes for a moving and sultry rendition of "Mexican Rooftop Afternoon." Delicate and very pretty!

Surf Nouveau dotdotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Bringin forth a bit of spunk, the electric boys drive "Surf Nouveau" with more rhythm and more of a band format. Infectious rhythms and drive, along with a spooky melody. Great!

Surf Mania dotdotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

This long time Aqua Velvets song is liquid cool here, with lots of chemistry and vitality. While softer than their live radio shows, this is a highly infectious and rockin' track!

Bravado dotdotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Closing out the night with a loud track, the Aqua Velvets rock on their classic "Bravado." Infectious and rhythmic, pumpin' cool, and very solid!