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B. Brock And The Sultans - Do The Beetledotdotdot
artworkThis is an extremely rare 1964 release on Crown. Many of their issues were sad studio jams and reissues under false artist names, but this is done by a tight band with some genuine surf tone and occasional surf spirit. I have to ask if B. Brock And The Sultans is a descendent of B. Brock And His Vibratos. Anyway, Do The Beetle surprisingly is available in stereo from iTunes.
Picks: Beatle Walk, 30 Lb. Beatle, Feed The Beatle, Fast Beatle, Mexican Beatle, Little Brown Beatle

Track by Track Review


Do The Beatle dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a really tight performance of a rock instro that's mostly a riff and a jam. The style would be more common a couple of years later from real bands. While the guitar is dry, there are some double picked verses and great frantic drums. Fun, but not really important.

The Saints dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While nicely played, this is a low energy and underwhelming track. It's tight, but chemistry free. gentle reverb hints at, but not not rise to the surf idiom. "The Saints" is a simple electric guitar version of "When The Saints Go Marching In," which started life in 1896 as "When The Saints Are Marching In" James Milton Black.

Beatle Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Beatle Walk" is a nicely reverbed number played mostly muted. Its melody is a simple progression that's repeated with few changes, but is unusual enough to hold attention. Perhaps more a riff than a song, it's nonetheless a very obscure surf instro.

30 Lb. Beatle dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The riff here is born of blues, and the structure is mostly a jam like many a studio session. Surf tone and a rhythmic backtrack keep it from totally missing out. The break riffs and frantic muted double picking are very cool, and the drums rock. Quite interesting.

Feed The Beatle dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Feed The Beatle" features stereo delayed, muted reverb, tremolo shimmer, and a spy melody line and structure born of the R&B instros of the day. While not stylistically surf, it's tonally there for the most part, and with the organ's soulful murmur like a subdued "Mashi" (The Wailers), it does end up working OK.

Fast Beatle dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Relatively dry guitar, fast playing, racing drums, and a fun chord progression add up to energy transfer if not lasting impression. More rhythmic and jammy than song like, but there are some nice dribbled double picked lines.

Mexican Beatle dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a light and engaging rendition of a classic Mexican song. Cool percussion, a gentle gate, easy energy, and really nice guitar work make "Mexican Beatle" more than it seems. I found that I liked this a lot.

Little Brown Beatle dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Joseph Winner's "Little Brown Beatle" is done with the same kind of grin that The Belairs had, but it's all surf reverbed out. While it's done with a gentle delivery, it's a really fun rendition.