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The Astronauts - Competition Coupedotdotdotdot
artworkThe Astronauts' second surf/rod album is an irresistible find. Much of the material is vocal, and even that is way better than most. Check out "Competition Coupe" for the ultimate in edgy energetic period rod vocals - damn hard to beat!
Picks: The Hearse, Devil Driver's Theme, Chevy Scarfer, El Aguila (the Eagle)

Track by Track Review


The Hearse dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the GREAT surf tracks. It has plenty of flair, and it is infectious as Hell. It is from the pen of Lee Hazelwood, future partner of Nancy Sinatra. A MUST HAVE recording.

Devil Driver's Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The instro backtrack to the vocal, with a sax lead overdubbed. It has a great vibrato guitar underneath.

Chevy Scarfer dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A sax driven number that doesn't cut the mustard for me, with a definite hot rod bent.

El Aguila (the Eagle) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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