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The Atlantics - Flight Of The Surf Dogsdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Atlantics are one of Australia's great treasures. They were at the top of Oz's instro scene in the early sixties, and hit internationally with their firebrand instro "Bombora." This DVD is produced from footage of surfing and interviews with band members, and sounds from their CD's. It also includes live concert footage shot for ABC, which is worth the price of admission alone.
Picks: Flight Of The Surf Guitar, Surf's Up, In The Shadows, Surfin' The Net, Dawn Patrol, Freakout, Atlantic Echo, Reef Break, Night Star, Flight Of The Surf Guitar, Night Star, Freakout, Saturday Night

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Flight Of The Surf Guitar dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tons of power and finesse shred throughout "Flight Of The Surf Guitar." Aggressive in every respect, and showering glissandos on you at every turn. This is a monster with magnetic qualities. Excellent!

Night Star dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Night Star" is a slow song which flows in a romantic vein that's quite powerful live. Totally excellent!

Freakout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Freakout" bounces off a "Wipe Out" kind of arrangement, but employs an original melody line that's enticing and fun. Great drums, of course! Live, this works much better than in studio.

Saturday Night dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like a stinging version of the Nobles' take onLink Wray's "Black Widow," this song is a real rock 'n' roll intro the way they used to be. "Saturday Night" is a riff rocker with soul and power.