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The Chantays - Waiting For The Tidedotdotdotdot
artworkThe second CD from the reformed Chantays. This album is different than Next Set, with some tracks being as good or better, and others being much less interesting. Some songs were recut or remixed for this CD, but most are new. All in all, another fine release from one of the strongest of the old guard bands.
Picks: Killer Dana, Green Room, Smokin' Da Pipe, Bailout At Frog Rock, Dances With Waves, So Cal Jungle, House Rock Rapid, Nightsand, Clear The Room, Descano Daze, Crystal-T, Pipeline [unplugged]

Track by Track Review

Killer Dana dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Recut version of the hottest tune from their "Next Set" CD. It's a simple ditty with an infectious nature. This performance is less energetic, but has more finesse and a more effected lead guitar, with a bit of phasing or flanging. I think the "Next Set" version is better one because it is more reverby and has a deeper surf feel to it. Still, this is one powerful track.

Green Room dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An infectious rhythm riff holds this moderately paced number together. The melody line is very minimal, but with the changes and multiple guitar parts, it hooks you in.

Smokin' Da Pipe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great harmonics and a nice simple melody line, owing a a bit to "Killer Dana," but totally different in character. There are quite a few hints of the Mermen here, lurking under what has become the trademark Chantays sound. The melody is a bit seventies sounding.

Bailout At Frog Rock dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The second best track from "Next Set" recut with a lot less oomph in the guitar sounds, and mixed with the lead way too low for my tastes. It's a great song, but I don't care for the mix, which I think prevents it from being a five star track.

Dances With Waves dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great title! Vibrato and tom-toms and glissandoes and a near shimmer characterize the sound of this track. It seems almost melody free, mostly a riff. The break is weak, compared to the rest of the tracks.

So Cal Jungle dotdot
Austin Country Rock (Instrumental)

An almost Austin country rock tune, far from surf in sound or character. Not to interesting.

House Rock Rapid dotdotdot
Modern Rock (Instrumental)

Very cool rock (not surf) number. It reminds me of some early eighties stuff, maybe Wreckless Eric or the poppier 999 material, or maybe the Who. A great song to drive to, sophisticated, but with little surf feel.

Nightsand dotdotdotdot
Island Shimmer (Instrumental)

Slow shimmer and vibrato and a distant eerie romantic feel to the music, with a sound that hints of lyrics where none are found. It reminds me of the Aqua Velvets with lower guitar tones. A very nice mood piece, but little surf feel, though I could definitely see it on the soundtrack of some surf film.

Clear The Room dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool number with percussive playing and infectious rhythms. The multiple guitar parts and toms are rather effective. It is a lot like "Bail Out At Frog Rock." You'll come back to it after many plays.

Descano Daze dotdotdot
Exotic Surf (Instrumental)

An exotic tune with a samba feel to it. Very nice and well structured with Latin coolness and a gentle delivery. Quite likable.

Crystal-T dotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

A distant big guitar modern rock track with not much surf feel.

Pipeline [unplugged] dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Among the acoustic versions of "Pipeline," this is by far the best! All the right guitar parts are there, and it works really well. I'd hold this up to any electric version any day! Among the sea of covers, who to better play with it than the Chantays.