Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Chantays - Two Sides Of The Chantays
|This is their second Dot album. It is of a lower caliber than their first, with many vocals demonstrating why surf bands were best left in the instro realm. Even the instros are weaker by comparison.|
Picks: Move It, Three Coins In The Fountain, Beyond, Greenz, Space Probe, Continental Missile, Retaliation
Track by Track Review
The Chantays' "Move It" is a classic flip side... one of the best B-side melodies and concepts ever, but the rendition is hard to listen to. The version of this that truly rules is the live recording of the Spiedels. It's A-side is "Pipeline," the definitive surf instro. "Move It" is an infectious and playful ditty that emphasizes choked slides for a unique experience. The warbly almost tape-flutter mix is a difficult listen.
Three Coins In The Fountain
Lawrence Welk (Instrumental)
Sad how they dropped from really cool surf to reverbed MOR. Makes you think of Lawrence Welk at Malibu.
Some have raved about this track, but the production is like "Move It," and just as hard to listen to. It's a "Pipeline" clone, though it is probably the second best track on their second album.
Booker T & the MG's (Instrumental)
Booker T. & the MG's inspired, but not surfy or interesting.
An amateurish attempt at space rock, inspired by the Tornadoes (Joe Meek's band) success with "Telstar." It's Americanized approach is typical of several singles ish'd in the sixties, but a little hokier than the Preps' "Moon Racers" or the What Four's "Gemini IV." Interesting non-surf turn of events.
Another amateur space rock track, but less interesting.
This is a cool intermediary track, distortion is induced, and it straddles the fence between surf and garage punk instro. Unusual.