Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Les Baronics - Get Bachdotdotdotdot
artworkHoly Cow!!! What great concept. Makes you smile... What the Halibuts do for classic surf, these guys do for classical music. It was bound to happen. Someone had to to a whole classical surf thing, but I expected the first complete outing to be mediocre gimmickry or pedestrian novelty. This is magnificent! Remarkable arrangements, perfect performances, great sound, and completely wonderful!
Picks: Spring R. 269 Concerto In E Major (Antonio Vivaldi), Summer R. 315 Concerto In G Minor (Antonio Vivaldi), Fall R. 293 Concerto In F Major (Antonio Vivaldi), Winter R. 297 Concerto In F Minor (Antonio Vivaldi), Rondo Alla Turca (W. A. Mozart), Invention 1 and 13 (J. S. Bach), Kanon (Johann Pachelbel), Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven), Serenade No. 13 K525 (W. A. Mozart), Boure'e (J. S. Bach)

Track by Track Review


Spring R. 269 Concerto In E Major (Antonio Vivaldi) dotdotdotdot
Classical Surf (Instrumental)

Piercing pure leads and a surf beat and glissandoes. Meet the Ventures replacements. This is incredible. Vivaldi was a surf punk!

Summer R. 315 Concerto In G Minor (Antonio Vivaldi) dotdotdot
Classical Surf (Instrumental)

A fast intro and really cool. What fun! Shimmer accented by Isaac Hayes funky guitar chops. Amazingly catchy.

Fall R. 293 Concerto In F Major (Antonio Vivaldi) dotdotdotdot
Classical Surf (Instrumental)

Pure surf sound and really nice arrangement. The sax accents and the break are stunning.

Winter R. 297 Concerto In F Minor (Antonio Vivaldi) dotdotdotdot
Classical Surf (Instrumental)

Trinidad drums and Reggae rhythms under a shimmering island guitar produce a great calming affect.

Rondo Alla Turca (W. A. Mozart) dotdotdotdot
Classical Surf (Instrumental)

When the Nice recorded their protoprog rendition, I was impressed. Surfed up, it's very VERY cool. Vibrato and shimmer and oh-joy!

Invention 1 and 13 (J. S. Bach) dotdotdot
Classical Surf (Instrumental)

The waves open to a Packards-like arrangement of this ancient surf tune (tee-hee). Quite a nice track.

Kanon (Johann Pachelbel) dotdotdotdot
Classical Surf (Instrumental)

Yup, that tune. So you think you're tired of it. Blow that off, this is the way it was meant to be - surfed up! With its island guitar lead, surf beat, and moderate tempo, it's just so cool.

Moonlight Sonata (Ludwig van Beethoven) dotdotdot
Classical Surf (Instrumental)

This track reminds me a bit of the Illusion (Jane Relf & Jim McCarty's post Renaissance band), just more intimate sounding. Beautiful, moody, and I like the electric piano a lot.

Serenade No. 13 K525 (W. A. Mozart) dotdotdot
Classical Surf (Instrumental)

Delicately plucked and wonderful.

Boure'e (J. S. Bach) dotdotdot
Acoustic Classical Surf (Instrumental)

Acoustic guitar intro moves to Pipeline shimmer with a Rockabilly beat and ska rhythm. Nifty tune.