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The Atlantics - The Explosive Sounds Of The Atlanticsdotdotdot
artworkOnly the US had surf bands in the sixties. OK, not exactly, but pretty close. The looseness of the definition here which occasionally included bands like the Ventures and among surfers included any instrumental at all, was morphed to the latter in the international arena. Most other countries sported instro bands modeled after the Shadows, and quickly adapted the term surf to apply there. In Australia, the Atlantics were characterized thusly. OK, so they weren't a surf band. Still, they recorded some great instro rock, and did make a few attempts at the reverb sound and surf titles. This is one of their two LP's reissued with bonus singles. It's a good buy, being nearly the only available glimpse into Australian instros available on CD at all.
Picks: Dimitrius, Express To Baghdad, Secret Of Love, The Sheriff Of Nottingham, Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White, The Bow Man, The Lost Legion, Windward, Rondo A La Turk, On The Rampage, Three Coins In The Fountain, War Of The Worlds, Giant, Mirage, Goldfinger, Bumble Boogie, Chief Whoopin' Koff (Chief Whoop-In-Koff), Glassy Walls, Greensleeves

Track by Track Review


Dimitrius dotdotdot
Russian Surf (Instrumental)

Russian folk dance inspired number. From the original CBS Australia album.

Express To Baghdad dotdotdotdot
Raging Oz (Instrumental)

A raging drum performance, melodic and very cool. From the original CBS Australia album.

Secret Of Love dot
Shadows MOR (Instrumental)

MOR Shadows stuff. From the original CBS Australia album.

The Sheriff Of Nottingham dotdotdot
Galloping (Instrumental)

Galloping horse drum cadence and a racing pace in a Shadows-like song. From the original CBS Australia album.

Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White dot
Lawrence Welk (Instrumental)

If the Shadows were a Lawrence Welk side project, they'd sound like this. From the original CBS Australia album.

The Bow Man dot
Shadows Big Chord Folk (Instrumental)

Stinging whammy intro to a big chord Shadows folk dance thing with thin sound. From the original CBS Australia album.

The Lost Legion dotdotdot
Shadows Big Chord Folk (Instrumental)

Stinging whammy intro to a big chord Shadows folk dance thing with thin sound. From the original CBS Australiaa album.

Windward dotdotdot
Shadows Pretty (Instrumental)

Pretty Shadows clone melodic rock. From the original CBS Australia album.

Rondo A La Turk dotdot
Classical (Instrumental)

Mediocre version of an often rocked classical piece. From the original CBS Australia album.

On The Rampage dotdotdotdot
Hot Vibrato Shimmer (Instrumental)

Vibrato tune with a jam quality and a bit of raging double picked guitar here and there, plus a tad of shimmer and a lot of shouts of joy while the drum solo rages. From the original CBS Australia album.

Three Coins In The Fountain dot
MOR Yuk (Instrumental)

MOR yuk...ugh! From the original CBS Australia album.

War Of The Worlds dotdotdot
Guitar War (Instrumental)

A hefty title and little else. None too interesting. Thick racing pace and stinging guitars, but not much melody. Still, the "battle" scene on guitars is pretty cool.

Giant dotdotdot
Surf-like (Instrumental)

Intense racing tune. Big whammy chord dramatic. If it were double picked, it could be a grand surf tune.

Mirage dotdot
Light (Instrumental)

Light melodic and not too interesting. Bonus Track.

Goldfinger dotdotdot
John Barry (Instrumental)

Solid cover, more than John Barry Euro spy guitar and less than surf. Bonus Track.

Bumble Boogie dotdotdot
Ventures (Instrumental)

Almost reverbed. It's "Bumble Bee" a la the Ventures with angst. Bonus Track.

Chief Whoopin' Koff (Chief Whoop-In-Koff) dotdotdotdot
Fireballs (Instrumental)

Solid cover. Not as flowing as the Fireballs, and lower gutty guitar sound. Lots of echoplex on the lead. Bonus Track.

Glassy Walls dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

An attempt at surf, but a Shadows sound and little surf feel. The damped echoplex bits are nice.

Greensleeves dotdot
MOR Mung (Instrumental)

More MOR mung, slow and completely nonintrusive, almost ambient in the background music sense. Bonus Track.