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The Aqua Velvets - OST Some Like It Wetdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is quite a nice deal. The Aqua Velvets supplied all of the music used in the DVD release of this long lost classic. Rumor has it that Some Like It Wet was shot with one camera, and that there was never more than one print made. The original was carried from auditorium to auditorium in Southern California, and records were played as accompaniment, along with live narration. Recently found in a basement, Some Like It Wet has been restored, and the originally silent film is now alive with the sounds of The Aqua Velvets. These tracks all come from Surfmania and Guitar Noir. This DVD is distributed by The Aqua Velvets.
Picks: Surf Mania, Surf Samba, A Raymond Chandler Evening, Mexican Rooftop Afternoon, Martini Time, Kashmir Sweater, Green Sunshine, Guitar Noir, Aqua Nova, Cabana Del Gringo, Surf Samba, Prelude To Subterranea

Track by Track Review

Surf Mania dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This has long been a staple of the Aqua Velvets. It has a lot of power, and demonstrates their pristine playing well. It is melodic, and full bodied. It invokes the kind of images that you'd expect in s surf video, large rolling waves, riders on the edge, salt spray on the camera lens, you know the scenes. An energetic track. It employs a keyboard, which until very recently, they never used live.

Surf Samba dotdotdot
South American Surf (Instrumental)

Mexican double picking, South American rhythms, jazzy guitar lines, melody leads, and just enough party to make it all too fun.

A Raymond Chandler Evening dotdotdot
Black Tie Surf (Instrumental)

You got the picture from the title - a black tie affair, romantic interludes, sophisticated ladies, flowing lubrication, and limousines. They're all here in this pretty mood piece with a taste of the blues.

Mexican Rooftop Afternoon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With bongos gently thumping, this very picturesque melody oozes lazy afternoon breezes with martini in hand. The use of harmonics is splendid, and the lounginess is unmistakable, though not overbearing. A very pretty track.

Martini Time dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Speaking of martinis, this highly rhythmic track splashes with fine guitar generated verandah scenes, building slowly like an impending evening in the cantina. A great track with lots of soothing sounds and hot drums. very infectious!

Kashmir Sweater dotdotdotdot
Illusional Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing chords, haunting sounds, intense sensitivity, and extreme endearment. This is a hard track to describe, except to say that it is magnetic and illusional.

Green Sunshine dotdotdotdot
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

This is an amazing track. They added the wah-wah bit recently. This is an epic of psychedelic surf, green waters with the sun dancing off the reflected ripples, sunsets in the West, hippie dreams of surf and sand, drama and longboards. A great track, and a great song. I like the version on Sounds From The Inside better than this one, but that is not a detraction.

Guitar Noir dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Shimmering vibrato guitar spread across the panorama as images of a moody island emerge. The flowing melody line is painted on a gentle breeze. A very nice track.

Aqua Nova dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pure clean tones, mid tempo prettiness, and shimmering guitar combine to produce a moderately alluring track.

Cabana Del Gringo dotdotdotdot
Mexican Detective (Instrumental)

Peter Gunn goes Baja and absorbs the local culture while spreading his style on the natives. Very Mexican, detectivist, and intriguing. A mighty visual track.

Surf Samba dotdotdot
South American Surf (Instrumental)

Mexican double picking, South American rhythms, jazzy guitar lines, melody leads, and just enough party to make it all too fun.

Prelude To Subterranea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slithery introductory tour to the next track. Very pretty.