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The Atlantics - Live At Freshwaterdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a wonderful DVD. It opens with a 1963 black and white promo film that's a priceless glimpse into the period. Interspersed between the performance tracks are stories told by Jim Skiathitis and Peter Hood. But of course, the high points are the seven songs! Rock your world with this magnificent performance DVD!
Picks: Ticket To Rio, Cossack, One More Summer, Night Star, Wedding Cake Island, Riff A Go Go, Bombora

Track by Track Review


Ticket To Rio dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lovely song with a very engaging melody. It conveys some of the sadness of traditional Eastern European melodies, but floats on rich, long sustain. While subdued, the drums are very cool!

Cossack dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

That signature "Bombora" beat drives this song very powerfully. The melody is sultry and stunning in its writing and deliverance. "Cossack" has Gypsy sadness and upbeat charm. A few glissandos bring it squarely into surf territory. Very cool!

One More Summer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"One Man Summer" is a soft and slow song with a sweeping panoramic visual. The melody is slightly sad, and connects almost immediately with the listener. Very nice track.

Night Star dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow moving and number with a lush melody. The imagery is of sunset beach and glassy golden curl. Quite beautiful, but not quiet.

Wedding Cake Island dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Brilliant drums and grumbly bass drive a beautiful song presented through shimmering second guitar and long delay lead lead. The Atlantics continue to be able to generate wonderful new material, and they play superbly. This is a powerful and beautiful track.

Riff A Go Go dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A loud riff and shimmering melody are backed by Peter Hood's grand drums. The rhythm guitar and bass sync with a counter melody that creates a sense of mystery and espionage. This is a lovely song with a large sound. While it's a gentle and flowing piece, it's clearly loud and powerful.

Bombora dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is thee signature sound of Australian surf. Those drums, that stinging guitar, that classic rhythm! This is a superb performance, full of energy, style, and flair. If The Atlantics had never done anything but this one song, their place in the reverb hall of fame would have been secure! Magnificent!