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The Beachmasters - S/Tdotdotdotdot
artworkThe Beachmasters released this disc in 1988. This bands was populated by Boston royalty, but never really got their due. It's all well played and arranged material, edgie and solid, with pop sensibilities. This album features five solid instros, plus the big crunch vocal numbers "(Hangin' Ten With) Henrietta," "Mr. Clean," "Do The Swim," "If You Wanna Surf," "Human Sacrifice," "Surfing After School," and the cheesy "The Surfers' Prayer." Special thanks to Kevin Smith at Dino Records for sending this to me. It was a pleasant surprise.
Picks: The Wedge, Surfin' Ayatollah, Buzzsaw, Hammerhead, Beachmasters Theme

Track by Track Review

The Wedge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very competent cover of Dick Dale's "The Wedge." The power is there, as are the licks. With characteristic eighties guitar edge in spots, this delivers the goods in a straight ahead fashion. Plenty of energy and aplomb.

Surfin' Ayatollah dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This rock-solid middle eastern surf instro features shimmering vibrato, a strong melodic riff, and refreshing tone. I expected more anger in the track due to the prevailing bumper sticker "The Ayatollah is a Big Asshola" mentality that was sweeping the nation at the time. This is fluid and exotic with a Modern Lovers percussion section and plenty of drive. A very cool track.

Buzzsaw dotdotdot
Organ (Instrumental)

Chunky organ riff rockin' swirly whirl, with dramatic changes and building tension, like Booker T. and the MG's with more rockin' drive and spacie effects. Evil throbbing scene music.

Hammerhead dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The "Jaws" riff opens this tribal fluid ode to the sharks. Heavy thunder, warm dangerous visions, and mean tone. "Hammerhead" presents an edgie and dense view. The warbly organ break is quite tasty. There's lots of drama here.

Beachmasters Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thematic, melody, with swimming whammy and watery ethics. This optimistic piece shows a solid sense of an open coastal road at dawn, and lots of tasty changes, plus modern guitaristry in the break. Quite a good track.