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Big Surf - Livedotdotdotdot
artworkThese tracks were culled from various live things on the web. Big Surf is a band with a mission - traditional surf sounds with modern adventurous edge and structures. Some great stuff here!
Picks: Storm Watch, Baha-Ree-Bah, Bareback, Latin'ia, Surfari, Latin'ia, Tailspin, Ace 10, Sleep Walk, Storm Watch, Tarfoot, Storm Watch, Rev Up, Closer, Tailspin, Walk Don't Run, Pipeline, Miserlou

Track by Track Review


Storm Watch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one large and dark surf track, with flailing insanity and fanciful muted meanderings. If that sounds to you like it's confused or sloppy, it's quite the contrary. This is a masterful portrayal of the unsettled water of storm surf. You can see the undulating surface of the swirling green. This live track dates from 2003. Very cool!

Baha-Ree-Bah dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Recorded live in late May of 2004 at The Turf, this raucous cover of the Trademarks' wonderful "Baha-Ree-Bah" is very powerful. It's just part one, but it rocks and rolls with no uncertain energy and power. Great surf guitar work. The drums and bass override the guitar, but the performance is so hot, it's worth seeking out.

Bareback dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Also live at The Turf, this tremolo throb drenched western number is an example of the power of simple progressions. despite the ambient sound hiding the guitar some, "Bareback" is nonetheless a very good track.

Latin'ia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tommy Nunes' glorious "Latin'ia" shines in this vibrant live cut from June of 2004. It was capture live at the Cold Water Surf Fest. The drums are too up front, but the guitar and bass are superb nonetheless. The shimmering lushness of the Sentinals and the modern fullness of the SPF-4 version combine for a great aural journey.

Surfari dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This fine version of the Original Surfaris' "Surfari" was cut live in January 2005 at Trollhaugen Trollhaugen. It's quite true to the original in many ways, but also uses lovely muted reverb and liquid glissandos.

Latin'ia dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is another fine live take of "Latin'ia." This time, it was captured live in April 2005 at Hexagon. It retains the Latin flavor via bongos and a very careful nod to the Sentinals. Really fine, as if slightly inspired by the Eliminators, much more adventurous than they do it. Maybe it's influenced by the Bambi Molesters, only faster. It's all of that, but likely very original. Really superb!

Tailspin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Los Straitjackets' 's often covered "Tailspin" was recorded live in April 2005 at Hexagon. It rocks with the requisite energy of the masked ones, but is much more surf reverbed. A wonderful track.

Ace 10 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This demo version of "Ace 10" is less crystalline than the final release, but has a charm and surf feel all its own. If you like the released version, you'll enjoy this too, especially for the historical perspective it allows.

Sleep Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Played with slide guitar, this is a very good version of Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk." It oozes the romantic slither of the original in all the last dance glory required.

Storm Watch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is another live take of the manic "Storm Watch," from source unknown. Solid and dribbling insane liquid chaos.

Tarfoot dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is video from WCCO Channel 4 as they covered Macy's Day Of Music. "Intro - Tarfoot" rips as always. The announcer has no idea what he's talking about, but then talking heads never seem to.

Storm Watch dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Again for WCCO, Big Surf makes power surf live with their manic "Storm Watch." I can't imagine these blokes had any idea what this strange music was. Great performance, of course.

Rev Up dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Rev Up" runs in the background for a moment while the weather-head talks about temperature.

Closer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From WCCO, I don't know what the actual title is, but this ran beneath the ending credits. Very pretty, with charming tremolo.

Tailspin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is another solid performance of "Tailspin" recorded live at Lee's Liquid Bar in Minneapolis. While it's a partial, it's very strong.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty darn traditional version of "Walk Don't Run" in the vein of the 1960 Ventures version with reverb. Great drums!

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A long slow glissando introduces this most archetypal of all surf instros. Great drums, solid bass, and superb guitar work. Big Surf keeps it very period, yet it seems so "now." Even the whistling organ in the break seems to work well. Very good!

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Dickster's signature song is done in his single arrangement, but slightly toned down. This is the sound of surf. The organ break is is an interesting diversion from the norm, giving it a churchly feeling.