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The Astronauts - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThis is a Japanese best-of package issued in 1981. It contains some of their more common surf instros, plus some rare tracks as well. It's a nice package, and long out of print.
Picks: Movin', Pipeline, Che Che Che, A Taste Of Honey, House Of The Rising Sun, Goldfinger, El Aguila (The Eagle)

Track by Track Review


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.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

None of the delicacy of the Chantays or the edge of the Lively Ones. It's a good track, just not remarkable.

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.

A Taste Of Honey dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a relatively tame track, post surf arranged, but still wet enough to fit in. Gone are the three guitar surf chunk styles, replaced with sustained single picked lead lines. This is not far from the Halibuts' arrangement, except that it is closer to the original's pace.

House Of The Rising Sun dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This sounds almost like a back track. There is a lead guitar, and it is decidedly post surf, but this just plods along, making no lasting impression except that it is a let down from their former sound. Rare, and it should stay that way.

Goldfinger dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This sounds like a demo. It has thin sound, no life, plodding pace, and empty panoramics. maybe they created this as a foundation to talk about arrangement with, I don't know, but it is quite tepid, almost lame. Very rare, but so what.

El Aguila (The Eagle) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Similar to "The Hearse," this great track is infectious and wonderful to drive down 101 to.