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artworkALARM BELLS! This is a POOR QUALITY BOOTLEG of Boulder Colorado's Astronauts disguised to rip you off!

Why bootleg them anyway, when absolutely everything they ever recorded was and is readily available on CD in a half-dozen different forms in various countries? Buy the real thing from RCA or Bear Family or Collectables.

Don't waste your money on counterfeit crap like this. No one gets paid when you do, except the thief, and the quality's poor anyway, much from noisy vinyl sources!

That said, the songs are reviewed as if they were legit.
Picks: Che Che Che, Pyramid Stomp, Movin', Hot Doggin', Firewater, Surf Party, Scotch And Guitar, Gouch, Quiet Village, Surf Softly And Carry A Big Board, The Pier, Quasimoto

Track by Track Review


Che Che Che dotdotdot
Japanese (Instrumental)

This super rare instro was recorded for the Japanese market, and was issued there as a single. It's imitation oriental structure and melody line are quaint and quite period, and the thin relatively dry guitar sound is definitely post surf. Rare, and unusual.

Pyramid Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another unreleased track. Here, the Boulder boys do a Jimmy Haskell number. It's odd to hear them do this, with it's mostly postsurf sound. Falsely listed as "Martian Pyramid Stomp."

Movin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Lee Hazelwood composition. This track was also covered by the Surfaris and Eddie and the Showmen. It's a great track for the Astronauts' three guitar line up. This version is better than any of the others from the vintage days of surf. It's melodic, energetic, and very cool.

Hot Doggin' dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This was the Astronauts' non-album single follow-up to "Baja." It's very hot, feisty, almost assaultive in its delivery. Melody and power merge for an infectious effect. Falsely listed as "Hot Dog Foot Pouch."

Firewater dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song was covered by the Sid Presley Experience in the mid eighties, a pre-God Fathers band. They didn't carry it forward, and that's a shame. What a fiery monster this can be. Melodic, spirited, energetic, and piercing. Falsely listed as "Firewaters Of Alpha Gabba."

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Surf (Instrumental)

This is the title track from the movie Surf Party, and it appeared on the soundtrack and a as a single, but never on an Astronauts album. A great example of what a college band from Boulder Colorado can do with Al Schmitt at the controls at RCA Hollywood. Remarkable. Falsely listed as "Space Party."

Scotch And Guitar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The cool thing here is the almost Sandals like approach, with the slow vibrato shimmer of the lead, and contrast against a modest Astronauts backtrack. Interesting indeed. Falsely listed as "Drinkin And Astronavigatin."

Surf's You Right dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the same tune that Al Casey did, but faster and less sludgy. It has plenty of that Astronauts sound and energy, and is infectious enough. Falsely listed as "Surf Into Space."

Gouch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A rare surf instro, with a solid melody line, and a typically Astronauts delivery, though the lead is not double picked, the rhythm is damped and surfy as Hell! A fine track.

Quiet Village dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In the "Banzai Pipeline" vein, the Astronauts do amazing things to Martin Denny's hit tune. It's not just hard to recognize, it's also quite cool. There's little exotica left. Falsely listed as "Quiet Planet."

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Surf (Instrumental)

An obvious title in hindsight. This is a melodic, almost Mancini like number. It has that rolling sound they used when they recorded "Banzai Pipeline," but without the stop/start choppiness. A great track. Falsely listed as "Space Silent."

The Pier dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This rock-based surf instro is unusual, and somewhat similar to "Surf Softly..." in structure, but not in character. Falsely listed as "Space Cock."

Quasimoto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This previously unreleased track is rare, but to interesting. It has an OK melody, but not much attraction, which is probably why it has languished in the vaults all these years. Falsely listed as "Quasimoto X9."