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The Balboas - Duvel's Advocate: The Balboas Live In Europedotdotdot
artworkSeven instros and four vocals climb the stage in Tilborg, Holland at the hands of the Balboas. The recording is ambient, with audience talking and muddy sound throughout. While the sound quality leaves a great deal to be desired, the performance is pretty strong.
Picks: Crush It, Surf Beat, Rumble, Undertow, Retaliator, Daguire, Journey To The Stars

Track by Track Review


Crush It dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thrashing aggressive playing of a somewhat-catchy riff rocker, with a solid surf feel and more energy than style. Hard driving and playful.

Surf Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's first surf-named tune, churned out with all the chunk and pump required. The grindy damped guitars give this a unique sound, and keep it from being just another cover. Thick, layered surf grind.

Rumble dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's most covered composition. This is a fairly strait cover of the album version, with big guitar ringing edge, and a slightly fast performance. Cut's concrete without a blade. Boss intense performance, thick twin guitar attack, and great.

Undertow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Mission Impossible riff rides aside a low-E surf lead. The middle features a narrated verse. Tribal drums and aggressive thunder.

Retaliator dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Retaliator" is a fun and grumbly adventure in miscreant surf. More gnarl than melody, it pumps and grinds with relentless energy.

Daguire dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Daguire" is a beautiful nearly romantic number that quickens as it progresses. The sound is way too muddy to do justice to this track.

Journey To The Stars dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' throbbing tribal "Journey To The Stars" is punked and powered to a frenzy. Strong performance.