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The B-Sea Surfers - Surfin' In My Roomdotdotdot
artworkThis is a collection of early tracks from the Baltic Sea Surfers. You can find it in various places on the web. Their early work is quite nice, and at times displays the direction they've found today.
Picks: Trippin' Jay, Long Way Home, Bullwinkle Part II, Mr. Moto, Last Cowboy, Jack The Ripper, Holiday Inn, Zheka Already In Hamburg, Black Velveteen

Track by Track Review


Trippin' Jay dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Trippin' Jay" is a very vintage structured number based on a progression and overlaid with sounds of the sea. It's a bit dark and perhaps developmental. Fun and original.

Long Way Home dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Soft island surf coming out of thunder and crashing. It has a very moody melody made more so by the echoed guitar. This very cool song is brooding at times, and yet looking forward to a brighter day. Very nice.

Bullwinkle Part II dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Centurions' dangerous "Bullwinkle Part II" is lightened up considerably. Played with soft tone and easy energy, the song gets an entirely new lease on life. Very nice arrangement!

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Completely different than any other cover of this Paul Johnson tune, The B-Sea Surfers use their soft round surf sound to recreate it. Quite original and fun.

Last Cowboy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cowboy beat and western melody sweep the plain. Imagine desert expanses on a cool overcast day, and you just might hear "Last Cowboy" in the background. Very nice track.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a dark and fuzzy, tremolo throbbed version of Link Wray and his Raymen's "Jack The Ripper." Slowed some, rounded a bit, and very cool in an understated way. Most original!

Holiday Inn dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I imagined a cover of the Raybeats' tune, but alas this is an original song. It's very slow and moody, like a midnight walk home after you've been jilted. Sad and sultry.

Zheka Already In Hamburg dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Zheka Already In Hamburg" seems to be a softly finger poppin' thing with a nifty little riff and a dark atmosphere. Images of foggy streets and a readiness to go home.

Black Velveteen dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a big and fuzzy track scoured from SoundClick that's not on this demo, but sounds like it's from the same basic period. Rock'n'fuzz in a dirty alley, maybe even a bit Davie Allan-ish.