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Bee Dee Kay and the Roller Coaster - Amazing Storiesdotdotdot
artworkThis 1998 release shows off Bee Dee Kay and the Roller Coaster's heavy jungle thunder. The most notable tracks for surf fans are their cover of The Newport Nomads' "Harem Belles," and "Silver Surfer Theme."
Picks: Stop (Part 1), Harem Belles, Jungle Dick, Jeza Tempo, Afro Sounds, Silver Surfer Theme

Track by Track Review


Stop (Part 1) dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a chord grinder with big booming bass. The lead melody is saxed out in dangerously grode tone. If Nik Turner's Inner City Unit played rock'n'roll instrumentals, they might have done them this way!

Harem Belles dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Newport Nomads' "Harem Belles" is done most unusually, with intense echoed guitar and chorus. The muted guitar lines precede a dirty sax verse or two. This is gruff and dark, where the original is spooky and wet.

Jungle Dick dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Jungle Dick" uses cool exotic percussion and deep echo guitar to roll out a tribal riff rocker with a very greasy, sensual sound. If Din wasn't so intense, they might had journeyed here.

Jeza Tempo dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Exotic drums pump mightily in solo mode. Not many drum solos are worth a second look, but "Jeza Tempo" is, and it demands a song developed around it. Tribal and superbly commanding.

Afro Sounds dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Jungle drums pound out pure fevered blood accompanied by birds and other jungle sounds. Suitably short and emotional.

Silver Surfer Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy echoed guitar thunder pounds and double picks a shredder. "Silver Surfer Theme" is fast, powerful, and thundering. This is the surfiest thing Bee Dee Kay and the Roller Coaster have done, and it just rips!

Stop (part 2) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More in the vein of part 1, meaning a chord grinder, but this time the organ takes over.

Stop (part 3) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

After a long pause in "Stop (part 2)", the song comes again in booming bass and spooky organ mode.