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The Atlantics - The Complete CBS Recordings: Volume 1dotdotdot
artworkThe Atlantics were to Australia what the Shadows were to England, and their sound is much like that might imply, except that the Atlantics often used very fast drum work and were more tweaky. This is a solid slab of 50% of their CBS Records output.
Picks: The Boys, Moon Man, Dark Eyes, Bombora, Greensleeves, Adventures In Paradise, The Gremlin King, Glassy Walls, Turista, Surfers Paradise, Blue Bottles, The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, Free Fall, The Crusher, Hootenanny Stomp, Coral Island, Tequila Stomp, Tahitian Waters, The Teddy Bears' Picnic Stomp, The Gremlin From the Kremlin, Shark Attack, SOS (Stomp On Stomp), Stompede, Arabian Surf, Stompin' Time

Track by Track Review


The Boys dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The Boys" is structured a lot like the Shadows' "FBI." It relies on chop and rhythm a lot, but also sports a fine Hank Marvin-esque guitar break. Very cool.

Moon Man dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy island cool tune with a driving Fireballs-like rhythm guitar and thumpy bass line. Very endearing.

Dark Eyes dotdotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

This traditional Euro instro is given new life with a creative arrangement and sound, merging traditional ideas and a Shadows style intensity. Lots of energy and very cool.

Bombora dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pick noises and stinging notes, and a piercing lead fronting a speedster deluxe. This is definitely up to the standard they set with it on the CBS Australia release from the sixties. Totally infectious and driven. A grand Peter Hood/Jim Skiathitis tune.

Greensleeves dotdot
MOR Mung (Instrumental)

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

Adventures In Paradise dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Challengers' version is so pretty. This is more eerie with quasi-Martin Denny bird calls. Odd, but cool.

The Gremlin King dotdotdotdot
Balkan Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked delicately with the Balkans in mind, this very cool almost minuet moves from frothy to chopped and rhythmic, with considerable infectious spirit.

Glassy Walls dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

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

Turista dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Semi-Mexican hat dance structure and a Three Suns sort of muffled twang. Nice, but tame.

Surfers Paradise dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In a strange way, this has an "Endless Summer" feel to it, with a dry damped chop second guitar and a fluid bass line. It's quite tasty.

Blue Bottles dotdotdot
Formal Surf (Instrumental)

Dual lead guitars and a light weight driving beat, like a Roy Clark extravaganza. It's more than a little fun, and quite infectious. The delicate guitar work is almost formal in its feel, like a harpsichord.

The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

"The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise" is a sorta MOR cha-cha, with a Shadows feel, like a tango de motherland, with a Les Paul feel. Pleasant, but not very interesting.

Free Fall dotdotdot
Country MOR (Instrumental)

Jumpy, sorta Roy Clarkish, with a nifty riff and quick picking. Cool drums, and not the Devons' tune.

The Crusher dotdotdotdot
Post Surf (Instrumental)

Twangin' cool Aussie-Shadows number with their signature rapid drums. Quite nice.

Hootenanny Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Super fast folk based instro, odd with the lead indistinctly buried in the mix.

Coral Island dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Semi-island Shadows twang, great whammy chords and a mystical air.

Tequila Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like the title implies, "Tequila" with damped plucking dry guitars. A great version with the raging drummer.

Tahitian Waters dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Again, with the racing drums. He must have gotten really tired on stage with every track at double time! Good melody and a mystic island feel.

The Teddy Bears' Picnic Stomp dotdotdot
Silly Fairy Tale (Instrumental)

With tongue firmly planted in cheek, the Atlantics instrumentally deliver "The Teddy Bears' Picnic Stomp." While it's fun, it breaks no new ground, and frankly, I prefer the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band version.

The Gremlin From the Kremlin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent weirdness, speedy Shadows guitar tone with Russian influences in the melody line. Echoed dry damped picking, and speedy drums.

Shark Attack dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy low-E number with Shadows twang all over it, and those speeding drums. Very nice.

SOS (Stomp On Stomp) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Almost double picked low-E number with a good melody line and fast pace drumming.

Stompede dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Holy cow! Super simple rhythm track based number with a ton of guitar string noises, pick slide grind, and finger slide "Apache" arrow shots. Man oh man, what a great unique recording. Their absolute best!

Arabian Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Totally Shadows.

Stompin' Time dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Stompin' Time" features chunky chords and a basic riff. It's manic, frantic, and like frat rock for instro buffs, with superb drums. Yikes!