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The Arkay IV - When We Was Younger...Then Yesterdaydotdotdot
artworkUnfortunately this band recorded poorly, or this CD was made from n'th generation sources and run through 8 bit stereo reverb. The sound is muddy and requires serious listening. However, there are some great surf tracks here from a band that worked through most of the sixties. If you're even slightly interested in what middle America was doing with surf, then this is an interesting CD.
Picks: What Was That, Out Of Limits, Penetration, Summertime, Baby Elephant Walk, Windy and Warm, Johnny Is A Bad Boy, Cat Walk, Foot Patter, Twelve Pound Blues, Moonlite

Track by Track Review

What Was That dotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Quirky instrumental with a weird blend of melody and rhythm section, but why is the drummer doing THAT? Strange song.

Out Of Limits dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A tame cover of the Mar-Kets' classic.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yup! A nice version of the Pyramids' monster hit. The accents that the Ventures added (which also ruined their version) are inverted to a great effect. The cool jazzy guitar parts are a nice touch.

Summertime dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Flowing and pretty guitar version of the standard. Designed to accompany your slow dance with your baby on the beach at sunset just before you pray for surf...

Baby Elephant Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool surfed up version of Henry Mancini's cute tune. The lead guitar is gentle and ringing. I like this a lot.

Windy and Warm dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A distorted guitar rendition of John D. Loudermilk's squishy little melody, but with with none of the whimsy of the original. Still, it's edgy and cool.

Johnny Is A Bad Boy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf guitar version of this standard. The double picked lead and the thrashed pace is cool!!!

Cat Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eerie toms and guitars. A lot like some Jim Waller tune, or maybe more like Bob Vaught and the Renegaids's "Bo Gater."

Foot Patter dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surfin' the Shadows tune, with influences from the Challengers version.

Twelve Pound Blues dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

12 bar blues surf with a blues jam lead line. Kinda ho-hum.

Moonlite dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slow dramatic number that opens with cymbals. Like a last dance number, only way too murky.