Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|This is the debut release from Japan's Blue Horizon, with a bonus track remixed by Shigeo Naka (Surf Coasters). They are traveling variant territory somewhat in the vein of the Surf Coasters, but also on their own. There's one filler track titled "Intermission," which is a floating keyboard bit under a narrative about the changing to side two of the vinyl.|
Picks: Theme Of The Blue Horizon, Head Line, Loud Locust, King Of The Surf Guitar, Napoleon Bond Theme, Apollo 11, Heart Of Gold, The 2000 Pound Bee Part 1 / Part 2, Theme Of The Blue Horizon - Reprise, Loud Locust - Big Surf Mix
Track by Track Review
Theme Of The Blue Horizon
This theme song is without much of a melody riff, but instead sports an old fashioned opener/break time progression, plus a narrated intro of the album, followed by some fiery guitar flash. Big thundering drums, and lots of energy.
"Head Line" uses a tasty melody line over damped surf guitar, with glissandoes and some added electro weirdness. The melody is not typically surf, but the thickness of the track and the surf rhythm make it quite a journey.
Monster thick sound, big drums, and a high powered progression. Like an electric blues jam on reverb, with feedback and grating edge. Not melodic, but well above frat's mindless meander. major power and mighty fast bashing on the skins.
This is the whole enchilada, the King's self-describing song punched up and amped. The chorus has the marvelous contrast of a Japanese girl group... very cool. The surf guitar work is very good. "King Of The Surf Guitar" is presented in a thick soup of reverb and party fun.
Spys and adventure, "Napoleon Bond Theme" is European guitar rock strained through the pump of the Japanese surf rhythm section. Big punch, melodic, and a little too short.
Big double picked surf, playing a melodic riff aggressively over the top of the pumped up surf beat. Those parts that aren't double picked are in a European style melody. This is quite a satisfying track, with lots of energy and plenty to hook you.
"Heart Of Gold" is a slow piece with a liquid melody line, slightly sad, and speaking of open space and tropical breezes. Pretty, yet not soft at all. Quite a nice track. No, it's not Neil Young's song.
The 2000 Pound Bee Part 1 / Part 2
Fun Surf (Instrumental)
Yup, it's Mel Taylor's tune, nut the Ventures' take was much thinner than this. Trashy and loud, this is quite disturbing. Big fuzz and fun.
Theme Of The Blue Horizon - Reprise
This is an even bigger thrashing of the opening theme, with screaming guitar and great drive. In this incarnation, it seems less important that it is not very melodic.
Loud Locust - Big Surf Mix
This rendition opens with sampled wah-wah guitar and a heavy distorted bass line... it's a "special treatment" a la the remixes the Surf Coasters issued mid career, and the remix is courtesy Shigeo Naka of the Surf Coasters. Quite outside the envelope, like something from the Bombay The Hard Way comp. Quite cool anyway. This is a bonus track on the CD.