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The Beat Tornados - Scandinavian Interludedotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a splendid release featuring a fresh blend of surf and traditional Euro sounds, delivered with exceptionally fine playing and arranging. Complex and sophisticated, yet easily connecting to your soul. The Beat Tornados' third CD is another step above their fine earlier work. Very good!
Picks: Kreml De La Kreml, Return Of The Griegster, Mr. Preslov, The Girl From Tuonela, Who's Afraid Of Fatima Blush?, Link pa Svenska, Theme From Pia Zawa, Take Five At Number Nine, Groovus, Aquanaut, Saljut 1, Xtabay

Track by Track Review


Kreml De La Kreml dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy dipped rhythm and glissandoes and a very cool gypsy influenced melody run with raw energy and guts. "Kreml De La Kreml" is a fiery song with a catchy melody line and very cool rhythm track.

Return Of The Griegster dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The circular pattern of the song is both intense and attractive. Drama, intricate arranging, and like a fast ride in the tube. "Return Of The Griegster" is an excellent track with lots of spunk. A fine interpretation of Grieg.

Mr. Preslov dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mr. Preslov" sports great drums and manic pumping gypsy rhythm. A totally infectious track that brings a grin while calling to the surf and the snow. Full and commanding, with very intricate guitar work.

The Girl From Tuonela dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fluid and slightly sad song with a moody and cold ambiance, "The Girl From Tuonela" is pretty and melodic, and very attractive. The quiet drama and excellent mix deliver the goods.

Who's Afraid Of Fatima Blush? dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Twango de la delicado en la blanca tuxedo. Is that right? Anyway, the idea is precision classically based complexity and bouncy rhythms with wonderful guitar work supported by a rich backtrack. As the bridge rises and the howling takes over, the lead drops into a low register where a gutty riff drives it home. Pretty darn cool!

Link pa Svenska dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

If the seventies prog bands ever learned to rock in the surf, they might have developed like "Link pa Svenska." A huge and thick track with power and a commanding sound. Delicate passages, rockin' precision, and hints of what Link Wray might have done to Rare Bird or virtually any of the Famous Charisma bands. Very cool!

Theme From Pia Zawa dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Theme From Pia Zawa" is a splendid spy song with a dangerous edge and moody sadness. A James Bond theme that never was, with a dissonant oddness that's compelling and unnerving. Quite effective!

Take Five At Number Nine dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Blending "Take Five" and an exotic twang, a little like what might have happened if John Cipollina had been in a European surfband instead of Quicksilver Messenger Service when they cut "Gold and Silver." That's not all though, with hints of Keith Relf's Renaissance. This is a splendid track!

Groovus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rolling with power and a meandering melody line, darkness and pomp, "Groovus" rocks and threatens with big thundering twang. Is this the Big Guitars From Texas song? It has that kind of intensity and Texas twang.

Aquanaut dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's funny, but "Aquanaut" is perhaps the least surfy song here. It's an echoed classic Euro styled number with lots going on texturally. A strong track with a delicately heavy sound.

Saljut 1 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

IN the tradition of sixties satellite-named instros, "Saljut 1" is a mix of the (London) Tornados and the Sputniks with a galloping rhythm.

Xtabay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the long song on the disc, with a different somewhat psychedelic and spooky sound. A haunting melody line, deep chamber reverb, howling synapses, and a ghostly feel. raises the hair on the back of your neck!