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The Bone Sharks - Pray For Surfdotdotdot
artworkThis mix on this CD gives equal weight to chords and leads, assigning the rhythm guitar much of the duty as the vehicle for delivering the melody. This gives their material a rhythmic and progression oriented sound, sometimes bordering on backtrack. Other times, the effect is excellent and infectious. There's a consistency about the writing, which is identifiably unique, and not redundant. Good CD.
Picks: The Dummy, Captain Wave, Baja, Etiwanda, The Net, Shark Byte, Pray For Surf, El Nino, Diamond Head, Side Slippin', Tally Ho, Bone Shark Stomp, Hammerhead, Russian Gypsy, Flying Tuna, Mr. Moto, Forever.com

Track by Track Review


The Dummy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rhythm oriented, textured track with an infectious lilt to it. Its energy carries it, though it's not very melodic. It ends mid-line with a sudden change of radio channels to a shark attack announcement... it's unsettling to listen to, not the announcement, but the sudden end to the track.

Captain Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Near ska rhythm guitar and a really nice melody played with round guitar tones make this an infectious track. It has a Spanish flavor, a bunch of very nice glissandoes, and a happy air to it. I think this is among the better originals here. The drums are energetic, and the energy level is solid.

Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The hit version employs a lead guitar, a damped second guitar, and a chorded third guitar. This is a faster paced performance, more textured, and minus the damped second guitar. It is reminiscent of the Packards' version, but less powerful and happier. The energy is fine, and the arrangement is good. Cool track.

Etiwanda dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This mid tempo number features a shimmering vibrato lead, and a really nice melody line that resides somewhere between island and country. This track is very listenable, and has enough splash and taco sauce to conjure images of a sleepy fishing village.

The Net dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A good melody line, a standard rock beat, and enough ambiance to suit the wet set. Vibrato and glissandoes, and a surf cadence add up to a good track.

Shark Byte dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sharks on the net? This is cool - chunky and melodic. This has an infectious feel to it, and the ringing chords compliment the low-E lead. The energy is good, and the drive is obvious. Very enjoyable.

Pray For Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An obvious title from a bygone era, seldom applied to song titles. Public square clock bells open the track. It's 5 o'clock, and all is swell. Among the less interesting tracks here, yet enjoyable and flowing. Not a powerhouse, or subtle art piece either. More a rock instro, with more jamming leads than I care for.

El Nino dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Loungie bongos, mariachi canteena ambiance, Mexican party cries, and fluid lead guitar come together over a "Tijuana Taxi" (Pretenders) feel. This is alone on the horizon, and very effective. The track seems to worm its way into your psyche without any resistance. Very nice, lads.

Diamond Head dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slightly rearranged cover of Danny Hamilton's standard. It's different enough to maintain interest, but not really stand out from the crowd of covers.

Side Slippin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chord dominated, with a progression orientation. There's a hook here that works well. Chord progressions usually don't do anything for me, but this seems to work ok.

Tally Ho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson's joyride, accompanied by rhythmic clip-clop hand claps. Paul is one of the few writers that can make chord driven music work instrumentally, and this is one of his more effective songs. This is not as infectious as the Johnson versions, but is very nice.

Bone Shark Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with a phone message attempt to spell Bone Sharks yields to a "Night Train"-like instro. It's fun, and soulful in that late fifties James Brown kinda way, with the surf overlaid.

Hammerhead dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rhythmic, big chord whammed, this surfy rhythm dominated track is fun, though pretty jam like.

Russian Gypsy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is way too cool for words. The trad Greek feel, the silky guitar lines, the fun melody, the delicate rhythm, and the almost polka quality all come together to make for a very good track, entertaining, and delightful.

Flying Tuna dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Completely non-surf based, but mighty infectious jump blues influenced chunka chunka do dah. What's that all mean? I dunno, it just felt right when I wrote it. This is a totally fun dance monger, with ample Wailers' "Road Runner" and Virtues' "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" acknowledgments.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson's classic has been over done, and most covers fall short of Paul's intent and delivery. This is among the best covers, partly because it is reborn in the Bone Sharks style, and partly because it reverent to the original. A nice track.

Forever.com dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow moving, moody sounds, and a slight Spanish feel. This is a nice CD closer.