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Los Coronas - The Vivid Sounds Ofdotdotdotdot
artworkEl Toro has done us all a favor by issuing this CD. It's made up mostly of the bands two hard to come by albums Los Coronas (1995) and Gen-U-Ine Sounds (1996), both of which contain some fine instro surf. Added are 4 tracks recorded in '97. The only other tracks from the band I am aware of are from their self titled seven inch on Animal.
Picks: Racin' Sidecars, Rumble, 80 Foot Wave, Supertubos, Estacion Uranus, Twin Fin, Janas, Barefoot Adventure, Jungle Strut, Zero Break, Corona Del Mar, Gen-U-Ine, Choroee, Getrunken Express, Chila, Babylon's Surfin', Coronas Stomp, Anticyclon, Fugitive, Maremoto, Manic Hotdoggers, Amnesia, Terrible Wavers, Beach Trotters, Windy and Warm, Racin' Motorcars

Track by Track Review

Racin' Sidecars dotdotdot
Spy (Instrumental)

Tribal drums thunder under a riffin' spy-ish song with a catchy rhythm and relentless guitar line. The continuous nature of the lead riff creates a nervous energy in "Racin' Sidecars" that hints at the dangers of the ride. Mighty cool!

Rumble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rock 'n' roll's godfather Link Wray gave guitarists their anthem, and hundreds have committed it to tape. This is a loud and monstrous take, with less emphasis on the sustained drama and more on the loud part. Big throb and trauma center action.

80 Foot Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Vaqueros' chunky "80 Foot Wave" is slowed a bit and reverbed to the max. Great glissandoes and twang ride atop a solid backtrack. Dueling guitars char the silence on this fine surf track!

Supertubos dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool raging drums and bass. The lead line is almost jazzy in a ringing blues surf sorta way. Quite nice.

Estacion Uranus dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surfin' through the solar system to Uranus. The staccato melody hook & the whammy add up to an infectious track.

Twin Fin dotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Cow surf hickoidal riders of the 10 foot face. Very cool surfabilly tune with a tortured guitar lead.

Janas dotdotdotdot
Polynesian Surf (Instrumental)

Polynesian gentle ringing tones and a beautiful tune. I like this a lot.

Barefoot Adventure dotdotdotdot
Whammy Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool surfage. The drums pound and the bass thumps and the rhythm guitar is damped and so cool. The lead is very whammed and choppy. Infectious.

Jungle Strut dotdotdotdot
Bo Diddley Surf (Instrumental)

Bo Diddley beat and guitar riffs are the foundation for this very simple yet totally infectious track.

Zero Break dotdotdot
Austin Nashville Surf (Instrumental)

This has the feel of tracks that come from Austin or Nashville's fringes. A great beat and nifty guitar.

Corona Del Mar dotdotdot
Desert Island Surf (Instrumental)

Desert island warm summer day quiet lagoon driftin' on a longboard and saronged female forms on the beach. Just a few of the images this conjures. Yeow!

Gen-U-Ine dotdotdot
Progression Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky melody line with really nice textures. More a progression than a melody, but it works well.

Choroee dotdotdotdot
Tribal Quirky Surf (Instrumental)

Wow! What a cool tune this is! Tribal beats and perfect! Quirky and endearing.

Getrunken Express dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the second guitar is laying out a great driving rhythm, while the lead guitar delivers an intensely energetic melody line. This track is the kind of song you play at a 100 decibels with the top down on highway 1 on a summer afternoon. Great driving music, no doubt.

Chila dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky, percussive chord-play, with glissandoes splashing in the background. This is surfy, but more grindy. Inadequate melody for a surf instro.

Babylon's Surfin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool bass and drums, power driven flying double picked lead guitar, and major grind. This is powerful, but fairly unmelodic - more percussive and progression oriented. It's a cover of a Ruts song.

Coronas Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with Church Key whammy dips, this quickly becomes the sort of melody that Laika and the Cosmonauts would do, playful and happy, with a bunch of hot glissandoes, and plenty of drum-driven energy. Intense and infectious.

Anticyclon dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is easily my favorite Los Coronas tune. The rhythm section put forth a circular and very rhythmic thing that is the perfect counterpoint to the lead guitar's forlorned minor key melody line. Like seeing the house gone as the tornado shrinks into the distance, this tune creates both a sense of relief and danger. Very nice track.

Fugitive dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A solid cover of the Lou Josie - Ventures album classic. Punchy and intense enough, fuller than either the ventures or Laika and the Cosmonauts.

Maremoto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pounding drums, ringing guitar tones, and a whole bunch of energy. This is not very melodic, but it is perfect driving music, rolling drums and hypnotic lead notes make the whitewater lines melt together.

Manic Hotdoggers dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big chunk, like post grunge melody music. It employs distortion and chunky chords, and some fine string bending. very high energy level.

Amnesia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slow and pretty track is fluid and moody. Like an ending credit sequence while the camera shoots a car from overhead as it drives away, getting smaller and smaller. Nice track.

Terrible Wavers dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is structure more like a garage instro than surf, and the tone is a lot more of that genre. More melodic than many garage instros, still mostly about power and energy rather than melody.

Beach Trotters dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thick and garagy tune with a big boogie kinda feel, more big guitar than surf, and mostly big, not melodic.

Windy and Warm dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

John D. Loudermilk's happy sappy tune, with more dark than laugh. The treatment seems somewhat at odds with the melody. The Neon Spores cover is more to the point. OK, but is it a cool track. Yes. If I hadn't already heard this by others, I'd have thought this was really cool, and so it is. garage surf playful and silly in a mean sorta way.

Racin' Motorcars dotdotdot
Spy (Instrumental)

"Racin' Motorcars" is essentially a different take of "Racin' Sidecars."