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The CopperTones - Are Go!!dotdotdot
artworkIt seems like a long time in the pipe, but the CopperTones first CD is out. A good first effort with mostly originals in a very similar vein. In my opinion, the mix really needs to be rethought. the cymbals are harsh and the drum panning sometimes detracting from the song. One other thing to mention, many of the titles have been used before for very common and high profile surf instros. With the exception of "Hava Nagila," they are originals, but the casual grazer in CD bins is likely to pass by what looks like another CD of covers.
Picks: Boogie Board, Endless Summer, Surfer Stomp, Shark Bite, Couch Surfin', Undertow, Sassy, Shoot The Tube, Hava Nagila, Who, Tsunami, Hot Doggin', Sunset Beach, CopperTones Are Go!!

Track by Track Review

Boogie Board dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Boogie Board" is all about energy. The basic melody riff is driven by rippin' drums.

Endless Summer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great tom toms and rumbling bass run beneath a melody line that's very coastal. Fast-ish and spunky. This is not the Sandals' legendary song.

Surfer Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's a stomp alright! The rhythm is sort of "I Need You" (Kinks) and the riff maybe late fifties rock instro. Syncopated "Surfer Stomp" is not the Mar-Kets instro.

Shark Bite dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Shark Bite" romps with flair and a circular guitar riff. Lots of energy and flair. The break is borrowed from the Treasures' "Minor Chaos."

Couch Surfin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody riff in "Couch Surfin'" is pretty interesting, and the tom toms are great. The high hat gets in the way, but the song mostly rips.

Undertow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Undertow" is a progression rocker, much more rock than surf in style. Occasionally moody, nicely whammied, and verging on dark.

Sassy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song sports "sassy" guitar slide for a cool gimmick. It's the sort of thing rockabilly bands used to do, but works well in the surf idiom. Pretty neat.

Shoot The Tube dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and whammified, "Shoot The Tube" paints a picture of danger on the surf. Mean and brooding, without being slow. Nice track!

Hava Nagila dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of Dick Dale's arrangements of "Hava Nagila" morphed just slightly into the CopperTones mold. Very straight forward, but enjoyable. The slow to a stop break is interesting.

Who dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody line in "Who" is curious. It's not very surfy, but seems to work just fine anyway. Spunk and chunk.

Tsunami dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tsunami" is on the dark side, with tasteful whammy and moody bass. It's a solid track with some very nice moments.

Hot Doggin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An adventurous and upbeat song with a friendly melody and dramatic bridge. It's more chord-dependent than most surf instros, and is engaging. "Hot Doggin'" is not the Astronauts' song.

Sunset Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sunset Beach" must be written about the beach in San Francisco, 'cause it's a cold and sullen song. Very nicely flowing. This is not the Sentinals' tune.

CopperTones Are Go!! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of spunk and drive as the CopperTones race through this one minute shorty. The CD's title track sounds like it was produced in the same session as "Hot Doggin'."