Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Atlantics - 'The Legendary JRA/Ramrod Sessions - The Atlantics with Johnny Reb on Vocals
|Splendid to see Canetoad issuing this. The Atlantics were so important to surf music, and in particular the Australian variety, which they defined with their epic song "Bombora." This is mostly vocal material, some released under different names. Three instros are here, with only "Whirlpool" seeing CD release before. The other two were issued under the name Gift Of Love, and have been illusive at best on vinyl forever.|
Picks: Whirlpool, Take A Trip, Flowers
Track by Track Review
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.
Organ chords and reverb crashes start this ripper off right. Double picked at times, echo laden in the traditional Atlantics style, but clearly from a post surf period melodically. "Take A Trip" is an example of what happened when surfbands encountered garage psych. Raucous and visual.
"Flowers" may be titled for 1967, but it's more surf than psych, though the whistling organ is much like pop psych. A splendid melody and easy flowing rhythm are very easy to take. Very nice!