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Captain Twang and his Rhythm Cat - Rock'n Surfin Christmasdotdotdotdot
More country than surf, with a touch of the blues and wonderful slide and tremolo. Captain Twang and his Rhythm Cat continue to catch my imagination. This is a fine alternative to the regular Christmas fare, and while not really surf, its application of country to these tracks is very aquatic in its own way. A wonderful set of tunes that could easily play in your living room wit the geezers over without driving them to the bar.
Picks: Morgen Kinder Wird's Was Geben, Snow Falls Over The Trees, Oh, Come, Little Children, Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Her, Hawaiian Christmas, Ring, Little Bell, O Christmas Tree, Schneeflockchen, Weissrockchen, Oh Thou Joyful Day, Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming, Silent Night

Track by Track Review


Morgen Kinder Wird's Was Geben dotdotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

What a lovely track. The slither of lap steel, a gentle country beat, and a fine melody. "Morgen Kinder Wird's Was Geben" is really hard not to like. With its easy gate and infectious flow, this would be delightful and non-stressful on the open road.

Snow Falls Over The Trees dotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and sinewy, with lush reverb and slide slither. "Snow Falls Over The Trees" is simply beautiful, with the steel providing a haunting ambiance for the melody to float through.

Oh, Come, Little Children dotdotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

An optimistic country beat and muted cowboy rhythm bounce under a fine melody. There's a slight hint of early Luther Perkins rhythm guitar and a gentle flow to the lead. This is a fine track.

Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Her dotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

Long flowing slide notes and moody bass with soft sustain lead and a gorgeous gingham feeling. "Vom Himmel Hoch, Da Komm Ich Her" is quite lovely.

Hawaiian Christmas dotdotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

Steel guitar slithers and sways in an island mood the way The Blue Hawaiians did, but less lounge and more country. The steel is just superb.

Ring, Little Bell dotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

An infectious country rhythm really makes this hold together. The echoed lead guitar is less interesting. The backtrack is simply superb.

O Christmas Tree dotdotdotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

Bluesy, swampy, and moody, "O Christmas Tree" is a very original arrangement with a beefy and compelling sound. Lush tone, rich production, and a very honest sound. I love this!

Schneeflockchen, Weissrockchen dotdotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

Heavily echoed lead guitar, totally infectious rhythm guitars and a gentle country beat drive "Schneeflockchen, Weissrockchen" into the home zone. The tremolo guitar adds grit and charm.

Oh Thou Joyful Day dotdotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

Wah wah, tremolo, slow moodiness, and a late night feel. "Oh Thou Joyful Day" has a soulful urban cowboy feel. It may be slow and brooding, but it grows on you as it unfolds. Quite nice.

Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming dotdotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

This is one rich track, with layered guitars meandering with reverb, echo, fuzz, and beef. "Lo How A Rose E'er Blooming" is very well arranged and produced. Slow and moody, cautiously optimistic, and engaging.

Silent Night dotdotdotdot
Cow Surf (Instrumental)

This classic Christmas song unfolds with gentle tremolo and sinewy slowness. Country steel and rich tone. An excellent and original arrangement.