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Counterpoint - Hotroddotdotdotdot
artworkWhile this is not very surf, Counterpoint's Hotrod CD is a fine collection of tracks in several styles, all played well and recorded well. There's a bonus track at the end from 1962 as well.
Picks: Batman / Wipeout, Saratoga II, Lost Island, Axeman, Howie J., Surf With The Devil, Hotrod, Piquet Boogie, Rhapsody In Peru, Greeced Lightning, Pipeline, Hawaiian War Chant, Squad Car, Flash In Japan, Surf 'n' Sway, Heavy Surf, Storm Rider, Johnny Guitar

Track by Track Review


Batman / Wipeout dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Both of these songs have found their way into other songs and as part of medleys before. While this is a simple merger, the use of the Batman chords during the drum breaks with Wipeout gives it cohesion.

Saratoga II dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This recreation of "Saratoga" is like Jet Harris on a gentle lagoon. The very low melodic lines are interesting, but it's the beauty of the island chords and tropical air sections that make this so very listenable. Engineered by Mike Maxfield, "Saratoga II" ends up being a splendid track.

Lost Island dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Lost Island" is an exceptionally beautiful island style surf instro with cool percussion and a fluid vision of warm sands and swaying palms. The light weight of the song enhances the view. Very nice!

Axeman dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Axeman" is a rhythmic song with the sort f melody that the Shadows and other Euro bands might use. A bit eastern European, island chords, varying effects, and some very nice guitar work.

Howie J. dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Howie J" is born of "Walk, Don't Run," but employs an original melody line. It's a rock instro with a friendly melody and a sense of motion.

Surf With The Devil dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

More country than surf, "Surf With The Devil" is a rollicking bounce through the prairie with an eye on the coast. Vibrant, energetic, and happy, with a solid rhythm dominated backtrack. Very fun.

Hotrod dotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

"Hotrod" is a rockin' semi country piece with lots of twang and stereo effected guitar. Lots of energy and some nearly lap steel licks that reminds me of Buck Owens.

Piquet Boogie dotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

With a pace and rhythm that suggest Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Piquet Boogie" twangs like a cowboy's dreams of mechanical bulls and old pickup trucks. Simply cool.

Rhapsody In Peru dotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

Long slow chords, semi-island sound, softly moody melody lines... "Rhapsody In Peru" is a pleasant song that would drop nicely behind a sunset. Quite pretty.

Greeced Lightning dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

With an interesting play on words, "Greeced Lightning" is not fast as you might expect. Instead, it's a mid tempo rock instro with Greek influences and a light heart. Fun for sure.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This rendition of the Chantays' ultra cool "Pipeline" offers something new in the sound structure, particularly in the big whammy chords. The lead guitar sings while the rhythm alternates between relatively dry chords and single-note runs. Recorded live at the 1993 Pipeline Convention. Very nice!

Hawaiian War Chant dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the least gimmicky covers of this song I've heard. At times it's even moody, and it's quite fluid. A splendid and unique arrangements with bounce and energy. It fades into applause at the end. Recorded live at the 1993 Pipeline Convention. Very nice!

Squad Car dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Squad Car" is without a doubt a surf classic. Counterpoint does a very credible cover with the ska rhythm guitar the original bedroom take employs. Excellent energy and surf credentials. Recorded live at the 1993 Pipeline Convention. Very nice!

Flash In Japan dotdotdotdotdot
Oriental Euro (Instrumental)

"Flash In Japan" is a very pretty song based on Japanese melody ideas and a European guitar sound. The dual guitars really makes it attractive. Perhaps a little sad, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Surf 'n' Sway dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A variation on the "Walk Don't Run" rhythm opens this very Ventures-like song. It's a very Spanish flavored song in a rock instro format. I think the rhythm guitars are too prominent in the mix, but otherwise it's a very enjoyable song.

Heavy Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based heavily on a mechanical chop, bridged but lush keys, "Heavy Surf" is not heavy at all, but rather is a little gimmicky - not in a bad way, but based around a nifty idea that's outside the mainstream.

Storm Rider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The thunder brings the rain and almost Jon and the Nightriders sound and structure. "Storm Rider" is very cool surf instro with California written all over it. This is a splendid very surf arrangement of Los Straitjackets's "Tailspin." Lot's of splash and panache, and very much in the tube!

Johnny Guitar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Perhaps one of the nicest versions of "Johnny Guitar" out there, this is fluid and moody, and very nicely played. This vintage track is from the Cimarrons, who took it out of the faceless crowd into an original sound that works very well back in 1962 when it was recorded.