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The Boardwalkers - Jack's Sugar Shack Oct 24, 1997dotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R was recorded live at Jack's Sugar Shack on October 24, 1997 by Jay Hector. They're gone now, but these guys REALLY needed to do a well recorded album.
Picks: Wind Up, Hip Code, Surf Probe, Moon Race, Monster A-Go-Go, Spy vs. Spy, El Mirage, Tortuga, The Day The Surf Stood Still, Skull Ranch, ItŐs A Bikini World, Ali Baba, Bikini Drag, Our Favorite Martian, Boardwalker

Track by Track Review

Wind Up dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wind Up" is a fifties sorta riff rocker, with a simple progression.

Hip Code dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rhythmic, bass chunked, and playfully written. This seems to use influences from "Music To Watch The Girls By," as well as new melody elements. This take is vibrato throbbing and ominous.

Surf Probe dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf riffology and great drums, with lots of reverb kicking out the melody line and whammy chords. Power and splash.

Moon Race dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Boardwalkers cover the Citations great obscuro. It's great to hear someone do this song with flair and style. Excellent performance!

Monster A-Go-Go dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Monster A-Go-Go" is a rich surf rocker with an ominous riff and plenty of lead guitar tone and style variation verse to verse. An excellent track!

Spy vs. Spy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There's a timer ticking away in this slow number, and a menacing few notes played over the spy flick backtrack. In the beak, there's some fine whammy vibrato. For such a no melody tune, it's quite interesting and fun. A little gimmicky and splashy.

El Mirage dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big splashy whammy chords separate riffs of surf guitar. Ultra simple, yet pretty effective.

Tortuga dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an intriguing track. The tropical Mexican melody dribbled out with fine double picked guitar over tribal drums is spectacular. The long fuzz notes in the break give it a middle eastern air of mystery and danger. This should really be covered! Infectious and enticing.

The Day The Surf Stood Still dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast and pumped up, with excellent drums, "The Day The Surf Stood Still" rages across small fast moving break ridden by shortboarders intent on life at the edge. A fine surf tune.

Skull Ranch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrato shimmer and an interesting beat together. The riff is mysterious, and the structure effective. The break is different from the rest of the track, with a cowboy beat and distortion on the guitar. very interesting.

ItŐs A Bikini World dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A simple progression and an infectious performance make for a pretty cool track. The damped lead lines are most pleasing. Lots of drum action and long flowing chords.

Ali Baba dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dave and the Customs' magnificent "Ali Baba" sounds great coming from the axes of the Boardwalkers. Lots of fire and style despite some errors.

Bikini Drag dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is way to chumpy for my taste, though it's well done and perhaps modeled after the Pyramids.

Our Favorite Martian dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bobby Fuller and the Fanatics' infectious "Our Favorite Martian" is very well done. It's hard not to like the melody, and the band does a real nice job with it. Crunchy reverb kicks and plenty of flair.

Boardwalker dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Boardwalker" is a faster paced tune with some finely double picked lines, as well as some whammy chords, and vibrato drama. This is a fine performance.