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The Crossfires - Out Of Controldotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the original Rhino release of the legendary Crossfires who evolved into the Turtles. Their fiery surf instros with the unusual dual sax onslaught that set them apart.

The eight instros here feature the lead guitar wizardry of Al Nichol, the sax menagerie of Howard Kaplan & Mark Volman (Flo & Eddie), Don Murray's drums, Chuck Portz' bass, and rhythm guitar work from Dale Walton and on later tracks Tom Stanton (Surf Kings).
Picks: Out Of Control, Fiberglass Jungle, Inferno, Revelaire, Silver Bullet, Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, Pull Top, Chunky

Track by Track Review


Out Of Control dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Flying evil double picked guitar from Al Nichol slaughters a couple of notes and a grinding chord progression. This bruiser invokes dreaded images of immense storm surf, choppy and all hashed out. High powered and high energy. A blazer.

Fiberglass Jungle dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A gentle wave rippling at the shore chord opens to a totally ominous low-E grinder, with evil sax from the twins Kaplan-Volman a.k.a. Flo and Eddie, thundering bass from Chuck Portz, rhythmic tribal drums from Don Murray, and utterly incredible Al Nichol guitar work. This is a must-have surf MONSTER!

Inferno dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Al Nichols shreds right from the get go, supported by Dale Walton's pulverizing rhythm guitar, which delivers the majority of the chunky rhythm here. Evil, dark, surf to the max, huge. A great dark surf rave.

Revelaire dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Again with Tom Stanton on rhythm guitar, with is a slower more melodic track,with a sax lead that is almost more a backup. Al Nichol's guitar leads are interesting,and the chunk of t he track is excellent.

Silver Bullet dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the sax herald opening, you know it's gonna be the "William Tell Overture," and unlike other surf bands, this one is fronted by a pair of sax players, so... Chunky surf backtrack, and highly rhythmic. Fun.

Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A scary idea - a song that flip-flops between soft sax dominated fluff and hardcore creaming surf guitar rave, in a Jekyll and Hyde schitzo vein. Very cool.

Pull Top dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Poundy! Island whammy, fast and furious, pummelicious rhythms, super fun melody line. These are but a few of the delights that await within the bits-n-bytes of this track. The source is probably acetate or vinyl.

Chunky dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hey Kids, what time is it? It's Chunky Time!" Dedicated to the bulbous inclinations of the front men, this surf tune is funny, surfy, energetic, and frat oriented. Solid guitar work from Al Nichol, and brilliant frat mentality. The track sounds like it's from vinyl or an acetate.