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The Cross Fires - Limbo Rockdotdotdot
artworkPerhaps from the Boston area, The Cross Fires were reportedly a party band, and that surely fits with the sound, which is murky and indistinct. There's really only one track here that should draw your attention, and that's "Polynesian Limbo." This is pretty rare, but a long way from essential.
Picks: Limbo Rock, Nimbo Limbo, Polynesian Limbo, Limbo Stick Limbo, Koko Limbo, Bim Bam Limbo, Viva! Olay! Limbo, Jamaica Farewell Limbo

Track by Track Review


Limbo Rock dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

The Champs' "Limbo Rock" is played like any frat band would in 1963. Shouts and low energy fun ooze from this track. The performance is not particularly inspired or enthusiastic, but it's still charming.

Nimbo Limbo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Nimbo Limbo" is a pretty fun track with a garagy almost surf tone. The drums are pretty cool, and the melody infectious.

Limber Up Limbo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

The melody riff and rhythm here are partially liberated from The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" and "I'll Cry Instead." "Limber Up Limbo" is OK, but not really inspired.

Polynesian Limbo dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Polynesian Limbo" is a really cool song, with a sultry melody and very near surf island tone. The gentle whammy and melody really create that island surf imagery. This track stands alone on the Limbo Rock album. Totally cool.

Limbo Stick Limbo dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Totally rockin' drums and riffin' guitar licks drive this frat house romp to a frenzy. "Limbo Stick Limbo" is a high spirited all stops pulled kinda track! It's mostly about the drums! Yikes!

Koko Limbo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Koko Limbo" features a spiffy riff and infectious rhythm. The main riff is infectious, and the energy is solid. While not on top of the heap, this surely rocks!

Bim Bam Limbo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Bim Bam Limbo" romps and rocks with a tasty riff and rockin' drums. It's fairly repetitious, but very spunky. It's not really memorable, but its energy is quite high. The shouting during the raucous drum break is what brings it back from the dismissible.

Fuzzy Wuzzy Limbo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

A pleasant, traditional melody is adapted to a basic format. The drums are the highlight. "Fuzzy Wuzzy Limbo" is a dumb title, but then, it's a limbo album.

Southern Fried Limbo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

I'm not sure why this is called "Southern Fried Limbo," except that its a different tile than the rest. The riff is OK, but is unremarkable. The bridges are suggestive of country, perhaps even railroad songs.

Viva! Olay! Limbo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Viva! Olay! Limbo" has the flavor of many of Chuck Rio's compositions, and the way he arranged drums for his songs. That makes this infectious and fun, and definitely party oriented.

Jamaica Farewell Limbo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Lord Burgess' classic melody is pleasantly adapted to this frat house band's style. It's not exactly cool, but it has its moments.