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The Arondies - Introducing The Arondiesdotdotdot
artworkThe Arondies were a local act in McKeesport, Pennsylvania. They were together from '62 through the late sixties under a couple of names. This CD features a few nice instros, two of which are quite surfy, plus a rousing garagie "Louie Louie" from an unreleased acetate. Sources here are 45's, unreleased acetate demos, unreleased 8-track copies, and in a couple of cases, original masters.
Picks: El Rondie, Sad Eyes, 69, One Dead Chicken, Shades

Track by Track Review


El Rondie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Rondie" is an interesting instro, with the vibrato shimmer of some of Bo Diddley's instros, and a sense of surf-n-chunk. It has a real magnetism about it, with a tribal, exotic, faraway place feel. Rhythmic and intriguing. This 3:45 epic was never released. It comes from an original 1/4 inch master tape.

Sad Eyes dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very show shimmery romancer, with vibrato guitar setting the mood over a slow walking bass. "Sad Eyes" comes from an original 1/4 inch master tape.

69 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A surf progression and reverb, with a chunky chord set, and occasional utterances of "69." No melody, but what do you expect from the other coast. It's barely the sort of thing that a band might warm up with. It even ends like they weren't all sure it was time. Fun and chunky, but miles from essential. The source on this track is a 45.

One Dead Chicken dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

In the same vein as their "Whip To My Lou" (which came from an unreleased session that was dubbed from an 8-track cartridge (really!). "One Dead Chicken" is a jam, funky and fun. It's tribal drums and demented guitar are pretty far out for a non-psychedelic track.

Shades dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Shades" is a riff based number which came from an unreleased session that was dubbed from an 8-track cartridge. Like "One Dead Chicken," the jam is the main thing, but it sports much less inspiration and dementia than the previous clucker.