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The Crossfires - It's 1964... Live At The Cubdotdot
artworkNo surf here, but about half this set is instrumental. Organ-centric instrumentals and R&B vocals typical of the period in the Kingsmen - Dave Lewis - Don and The Goodtimes vein. Ample combo spirit and much of what the Pacific Northwest rock sound was about in 1964. There's nothing really special here, aside from the honesty of the music and the glimpse into what the local bands were all about at the time. There's also a rousing if murky cover of "Louie Louie."
Picks: Jamie Big Time, Floyd's Song, J.A.J., David's Mood, Green Onions, Maui Maui, Sleep Walk

Track by Track Review

Jamie Big Time dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

I don't know why this is titled "Jamie Big Time" because it's actually the Wailers' glorious keyboard masterpiece "Mashi." It's not a bad cover, with spunk and the organ-centric sound of the area.

Floyd's Song dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Another mistitled number, this is actually the Rolling Stones' "Time Is on My Side." Moderately bluesy small combo arrangement with shimmering piano. Delicate and kinda cool.

J.A.J. dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dave Lewis' "J.A.J." was a nearly obligatory number back in this time period. It's a jazzy number with some cool organ grinding and a semicircular melody line.

David's Mood dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Perhaps thee signature Dave Lewis instro, "David's Mood" is a very fun number that's done with spunk and charm here. These guys played with serious energy.

Green Onions dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a pretty straight forward cover of Booker T. and the MG's' "Green Onions." Nothing special, but more like a rocker than the R&B original. The swirly keyboard is pretty cool.

Maui Maui dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Maui Maui" is yet another miscredited instro, being in reality a cover of Freddy King's "San-Ho-Zay." Charming in a thrashy sort of way, with cool piano and drums.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very different way to do Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk," with very un-slithery guitar and Leslie piano. It's completely fresh, and perhaps the most interesting track here.