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The Blue Horizon - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThis is the debut release from Japan's Blue Horizon. 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

Track by Track Review


Theme Of The Blue Horizon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"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.

Loud Locust dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

King Of The Surf Guitar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Napoleon Bond Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Apollo 11 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"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 dotdotdot
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 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.