Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Atlantics - Studio 22
|This is not a commercial release, but was circulated by the band as part of their Flight Of The Surf Guitar tour. These tracks were filmed and recorded for ABC Studio 22 on November 4, 2004. Simply superb performances! What a monster band!|
Picks: Flight Of The Surf Guitar, Night Star, Freakout, Saturday Night, Bombora
Track by Track Review
Flight Of The Surf Guitar
This just rips! Easily as good as any of the released versions, and certainly as spirited as they come, "Flight Of The Surf Guitar" has The Atlantics' signature drums and melody flair. Furious guitar work and great glissandos out front of this beat strong monster!
"Night Star" floats across an evening sky with a fluid and intense guitar. This slow and silky track is a bit moody and very pretty!
I think this is easily the best take of "Freakout" the band has captured. Great drums and twang! Solid tribal drums of course, great guitars, booming thunder, and a playful sense of jungle ceremonial dancing. The "Wipe Out" arrangement adds vintage charm. This is one rockin' track!
"Saturday Night" is punchy and driven, with powerful drums and spunky guitar work over solid bass. This is a very tight performance. Reminiscent of The Nobles' version of Link Wray's "Black Widow," but not really derivative. There are some very flashy double picked splash verses in the middle. It's a great structure to jam with, as is obvious from the flying notes!
This bonus track is not from the ABC sessions, but is live 2004 radio. Stinging whammy and their amazing sound. Great drums and guitar!