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The Crossfires - Soft Rockdotdotdot
artworkThis is a 1973 reissue of the Crossfires' album. The artist is uncredited n the release, and it's doubtful the Crossfires were a real band anyway.
Picks: One-Four-Five, Drum Walk, Boss Guitar, Shady Lady, The Crab, Rolling, Flea Bite, Surf Party, Turkey Strut, Sidewinder, Spooked, L. A. Girls

Track by Track Review


One-Four-Five dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is nothing more than a riff repeated ad infinitum. Without a melody, it gets boring really fast. Shallow surf reverb on the second guitar gives if a bit of a surf flavor.

Drum Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mild surf reverb and a slightly fast pace, some cool drums work, and low-volume twang. The sudden slowdown with the country lilt in the middle seems odd, yet works pretty well. A bit unusual.

Boss Guitar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf rhythm guitar and fuzz lead gives this a post surf pre psychedelic flavor. garage meets surf in a fanciful country air.

Shady Lady dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit of playful whammy and a country structure with a trace of surf in the whammy and a nod to Lonnie Mack. More than just a studio session, this song has an infectious riff and chemistry. It's heavily owing to another tune I can't place at the moment. Pretty fun.

The Crab dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a bluesy number with primitive fuzz lead. It's very much in the vein of 1965-66 garage, but with a lighter edge and easier gate. Nothing complicated here, just a riff and a fuzz box.

Rolling dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Wailers' "Tall Cool One" is the obvious basis for this, though the melody riff is certainly not the same. Nice surf reverb on the lead as it plays a circular riff that's very friendly and playful. While definitely on the bluesy side, it's also really cool. Muted lines add a genuine surf edge.

Flea Bite dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Muted surf rhythm and a bluesy lead play nicely together. The melody line is very playful, and the muted surf way cool. This sounds of the reverb combined with a bit of country twang is compelling and very fun.

Surf Party dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very unsurf number, despite some reverb on the guitar. A fuzz verse here and there and a Travis Wammack weirdness give this a fairly gimmicky & forced sound.

Turkey Strut dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is essentially Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Ho-Dad Machine" with minor changes and virtually no surf soul. It's a fairly light weight number with a pretty jammy lead line.

Sidewinder dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sidewinder (mono)" sports surf guitar in a jammy setting, with an almost gimmicky feeling. Little more than a riff and a sorta splashy underbelly. Slow and so-so.

Spooked dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wet reverb second guitar circles nicely through a cool pattern while a delicate guitar plays a high pitched lead. It eventually yields to a more surfy lead with island whammy chords. Slow and tasteful, with an easy pace and delicate sound.

L. A. Girls dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jammin' like bands used to do, with one foot in R&B and the other in a near surf ethic. Ray Sharpe's "Linda Lu" is what this really is. OK, but completely forgettable.