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The Chocolate Watchband - No Way Outdotdotdotdot
artworkSan Jose' Chocolate Watchband included two musicians that played on the Van Slyke's Pipeline, and were produced by Ed Cobb, session whiz (Piltdown Men, etc.) and producer of the Standells, and guitar parts were often played by Richie Podolor (Richie Allen & the Pacific Surfers, Devons, Super Stocks, etc.). There are some instros on this CD.
Picks: Dark Side Of The Mushroom, Expo 2000, Gossamer Wings, Psychedelic Trip

Track by Track Review


Dark Side Of The Mushroom dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is another Richie Podolor tune, co-written with Bill Cooper, and very psychedelic, with less of Richie's characteristic guitar tone. It's still pretty melodic, as are all of his works.

Expo 2000 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richie Podolor's incredible surf writing and guitar tones are evident in this no-Watchbanders-present track produced during the stormy relationship the Chocolate Watchband had with Ed Cobb, where Richie Podolor was on hand as a studio player and engineer. The mix is somewhat psychedelic, but the tune and his playing hearken back to his golden days in the studio surf scene. Great track!

Gossamer Wings dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This instro is mostly filler, not interesting, just dissonant.

Psychedelic Trip dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like Gossamer Wings, this has little character, and does not stand the test of time.