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The Atlantics - Flight Of The Surf Guitardotdotdotdot
artworkWhen I heard that the Atlantics were back together, I was cautiously stoked. Many reunions just don't hold up, or use the name but lose the style. Then, this CD came in the mail. Hot dog! This is a great CD! Original members Jim Skiathitis - guitar, Bosco Bosanac - bass, and Peter Hood - drums are joined by newcomer Martin Cilia - guitar, who wrote nearly all of these great tracks.
Picks: Flight of the Surf Guitar, Surf's Up, Big Swell, In The Shadows, Thunder Downunder, Reef Break, Surfin' the Net, Dawn Patrol, Bondi James, Whitewash, Freakout, Saturday Night, Atlantic Echo, Bombora, Rumble and Run, The Crusher, Night Star

Track by Track Review


Flight of the Surf Guitar dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yikes! What a great album opener. Somewhat like a Jon and the Nightriders number, this spectacular track has Dusty Watson-like drum drive. Imagine your furious guitar work and great glissandoes out front of this monster. Lots of power and finesse.

Surf's Up dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In some ways in the early style of this band, and in others right in the surf pocket. This ringing joyous reverb number oozes the watery sport. Rhythmic and rolling, it's perfect for a topdown afternoon cruise down 101. Very fine.

Big Swell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Those great Atlantics drums, and a tune that could have been right out of their set list in 1963. Driven and stylish, powerful and fluid.

In The Shadows dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

As you might expect from the title, this seems inspired by the Shadows' "Dance On." It's very tasty, and haunted in a playful way.

Thunder Downunder dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great glissandoes, a bit of the Jon and the Nightriders feel, and pure Atlantics drive. Melodic and very cool. The interplay between guitar and drums is perfect, with real thunder down below.

Reef Break dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Solid Atlantics surf, with powerful drums, a melodic guitar line, ample twango, and much charm. Great rockin' energy. The low-E verse is pure surf. Excellent. Your melodic guitar lines require ample twango and charm, and you'll need to power that low-E verse!

Surfin' the Net dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thundering internet riff rock is right up your alley. If you play your chords right, it'll be infectious in a frat surf kinda way.

Dawn Patrol dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Be sure top remember the shimmer to make "Dawn Patrol" sparkle. The early daylight charm and a nod or two to the Shadows is mandatory. Smooth and a little sad, this fine track cruises through your morning like a natural high from the crisp breeze.

Bondi James dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with the sounds of the surf, this moves into a moody territory where a nervous riff on the keys yields to a low-E cruncher. Mid tempo, not quite mean, but full bodied.

Whitewash dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Can you say "twang?" This infectious track plunders the silence with bell-like clarity and stinging whammy. While the riff is fairly simple, it's so well arranged that it simply oozes power. Great drums, and solid drive.

Freakout dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Solid tribal drums, twangy surfy guitar, solid thunder, and a playful sense of jungle ceremonial dancing and a "Wipe Out" arrangement. Cool track.

Saturday Night dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody line here is mighty close to the Nobles' version of Link Wray's "Black Widow" while still not being derivative. Punchy and driven, with powerful drums and spunky guitar work over solid bass. A tight and fun track.

Atlantic Echo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Your vintage Echoplex will get a workout as you play "Atlantic Echo." It flows with a Shadows-like warmth and optimism, while retaining a sense of the surf. very nice track.

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.

Rumble and Run dotdotdotdotdot
Squad Car Surf (Instrumental)

Fade in intro with sirens, and your ominous lead belting out stinging notes. Much like the original, except a much better recording and more wisdom. Inspired by the Shadows, driven by Aussie lager, and quirked into perfection with your demented pick-foolery. A really cool song. Intense. Written by drummer Peter Hood and guitarist Jim Skiathitis.

The Crusher dotdotdotdot
Post Surf (Instrumental)

Twangin' cool Aussie-Shadows number with their signature rapid drums. Written by drummer Peter Hood and guitarist Jim Skiathitis, and played even more powerfully than before. Really strong!

Night Star dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and silky, "Night Star" floats across an evening sky with a fluid and intense guitar. Both moody and pretty, yet powerful as well.