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Yiannis Chronopoulos and the Spartans - Heavenly Dreamsdotdotdotdot
artworkWith the primal roots of surf being Greek, Arabic, mariachi, and blues styles, and the icon song of the genre being "Miserlou," it is unavoidable that a trad Greek artist would approach surf in performance is some ways. I saw this band at the 1997 Greek Festival in Santa Cruz, and was struck by the use of a slight bit of digital reverb on the bouzouki, and then when they broke into an emotional "Misirlou," well it was all I could to contain myself. Live they have a precise, delicate, infectious sound. Yiannis Chronopoulos (bouzouki) plays his instrument with a familiarity that can only be bred with a quarter century of practice. This CD is very soothing and pretty, and not as active as their live set was. This resides somewhere between real lounge, exotica, surf, Greek traditional, and whimsical summer day backdrop. It is remarkably listenable.
Picks: LetÕs Go Greek, Heavenly Dreams, Santa Cruzin, Ocean Breeze, Ston Angelon ta Bouzoukia, On The Town, EffieÕs Tsifteteli, Kosta, Kostas, Misirlou, Escape The Fog

Track by Track Review


LetÕs Go Greek dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)


Heavenly Dreams dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)


Santa Cruzin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)


Ocean Breeze dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)


Ston Angelon ta Bouzoukia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)


On The Town dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)


EffieÕs Tsifteteli dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)


Kosta, Kostas dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)


Misirlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a unique arrangement, with almost harpsichord-like second guitar parts, a well-embellished melody line, and a real sense of the post folk dance purpose of the song. This would be so killer with a bit of outboard reverb on the bouzouki, and that's not to say it isn't great as is, but the temptation is too much to bear.

Escape The Fog dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)