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The Atlantics - The Complete CBS Recordings: Volume 2dotdotdot
artworkThis is the second half of the Atlantics' CBS Records output. Like the first volume, it sports a lot of good stuff, mostly Shadows-like, but with more angst.
Picks: War of the Worlds, The Bow Man, Dimitrius, Express To Baghdad, Secret Love, The Sheriff Of Nottingham, Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White, The Lost Legion, Windward, Rondo A La Turk, On The Rampage, Three Coins In The Fountain, Rumble and Run, The Wild Ones, Teensville, Boo Boo Stick Beat, Giant, Mirage, Goldfinger, Bumble Boogie, Peter Gunn, Chief Whoop-In-Koff, Whirlpool, Then I'll Know It's Love, Teensville

Track by Track Review


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.

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.

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 Love dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

The drum intro is sorta "Hawaii Five-0" like, but the track is a timid Shadows-like number that approached MOR.

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 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.

Rumble and Run dotdotdotdot
Squad Car Surf (Instrumental)

Fade in intro chord and sirens, and an ominous lead belting out stinging notes. A really cool song.

The Wild Ones dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Moderately interesting track with a nice melody riff. Their speedy drums under the mid tempo Shadows sound works well here.

Teensville dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fifties riffabilly number.

Boo Boo Stick Beat dotdotdotdot
Las Vegas Grind (Instrumental)

Las Vegas Grind rhythms, a chunky chords, and tribal beats. This is very cool for sure, with lots of drum action and camel nose under the tent.

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.

Peter Gunn dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Low and grindy, the lead is so Mancini, and the rhythm is vibratoed underneath. Very cool version.

Chief Whoop-In-Koff dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This cover of the Fireballs' tune "Chief Whoopin' Koff" is timid, though it does have considerable twang and echo.

Whirlpool dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

There's no whirl here, and there's no lead guitar through the first three verses, like a backtrack. Yet, once the lead does arrive, it gets to be pretty interesting. It sounds somewhat undeveloped, yet is unusual and curiously magnetic.

Then I'll Know It's Love dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Euro guitar MOR floating prettiness. Quite undeveloped and directionless. It has to be a backtrack.

Teensville dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fifties riffabilly number.