Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Family's Defensive Alliance [Chikyo Bouei Kazoka Soundtrack]dotdotdotdot
artworkThis Japanese soundtrack album features the music of the Shigeo Naka and his amazing band the Surf Coasters. None of this is available elsewhere. The Surf Coasters' tracks are exactly what you've come to expect from this most awesome Japanese instro surf band, loud pumped aggressive precise surf. Shigeo Naka's solo tracks range from similarly styled material to electro mix masters and liquid scenes, and even include a pair of really pretty acoustic guitar tracks. One more very hard to get essential surf disc from the self proclaimed Prince of the Surf Guitar.
Picks: Let's Go, Storm Blur, Ino-Shike-Chou, I Wish, Anger Than Yesterday, High Voltage, Blues For Mamoru, Untitled, Triangle, Hysteric Guru, Count To Zero, Floatin', Transportation, Pumpkin Pie, Funny Beans, The Monster, Flying To The Death, Knock Me Out!, Live Or Die, Mad Dogs, Super Sonic Surfer

Track by Track Review

Let's Go dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is definitely not the Routers' tune. It rocks and pumps in a modern vein with big edgie glissandoes and harsh guitar tone. Less melodic than most Surf Coasters material, yet powerful and fluid.

Storm Blur dotdotdot
Incidental Surf (Instrumental)

Sequenced panning keys pour liquid sounds into a backdrop of surreal space. Very interesting for ambient music.

Ino-Shike-Chou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy bass and tom tom thunder under compressed edgy wah-wah and shredding psycho guitar. Not anything like their usual sound, but really big and mean, with an almost metal howl.

I Wish dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Shigeo Naka plays a soft acoustic guitar fluidly displaying a melodic piece that speaks of rolling fields and flower power dreams.

Anger Than Yesterday dotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

Another acoustic track, with exotic percussion and reggae rhythms. It's quite an infectious piece, which relies on changing textures and beats rather than melody.

High Voltage dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A high voltage tune with thick guitar tone and pumped percussion. melodic and fluid, spiked with surf whammy and great drums. This really cranks.

Blues For Mamoru dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

A soft slow blues instro, very traditional, and very sweet. Sad and moving, and really pretty.

Untitled dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Can't read the Japanese title, but the track is a heavy pumped up assault on a stormy sea. Big thump and thrash riffs.

Triangle dotdotdot
Latin Electro Surf (Instrumental)

Percussion and ambiance, salt and vinegar. This reminds me a little of some of Herbie Mann's early works, but without his sense of Latin melody.

Hysteric Guru dotdotdot
Latin Electro Surf (Instrumental)

Piano and Latin dance rhythms drip Rio de Janeiro and surrounds. Totally infectious stuff.

Count To Zero dotdotdotdot
Electro Surf (Instrumental)

Sequenced keys ooze spooky barren landscapes until the big harsh grind and thump of more expected Shigeo Naka guitar shatters the calm. Riff surf and thunder on a grand scale.

Floatin' dotdotdot
Electro Surf (Instrumental)

Soft watery drifting summer evening sounds, like you might expect after a perfect day. Floating and slightly frothy, and very soothing.

Transportation dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big and powerful, this fast Surf Coasters track shreds with double picked guitar and their signature ultra pump rhythm section. A real shredder!

Pumpkin Pie dotdotdot
Bumpkin (Instrumental)

A bit of the old bumpkin and a lazy back porch day kinda tune. Just plain fun.

Funny Beans dotdotdot
Electro Surf (Instrumental)

Fast and rhythmic, this has a kinda "Tequila" feel to it, and sports lots and lots of energy. Very fun and quite fluid.

The Monster dotdotdot
Electro Surf (Instrumental)

Big drums, growling keys, thundering bass, and overdriven rhythms. No, a melody is not required when there's so much intriguing sound coming from every port. An electro-onslaut of the first magnitude.

Flying To The Death dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sportin' a fine riff and power bass, and disorienting drums, "Flying To The Death" is a relentless mother of thunder storm. Tuff double picking and mean tone abound.

Knock Me Out! dotdotdotdot
Latin Electro Surf (Instrumental)

Anthemic effected power electro sequenced music with manic percussion and ample samples. This is what would happen if Tito Puente was created by a program. Quite amazing.

Live Or Die dotdotdotdot
Electro Surf (Instrumental)

Sequenced water drops, glissandoes and big surf twang, and a simple but very effective riff. This is a very adventurous use of surf sensibilities in a completely different format. Amazing!

Mad Dogs dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very big and harsh, "Mad Dogs" doesn't bark, it bites. Totally riff rock, but a leash is definitely required, or at least a muzzle.

Super Sonic Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big surf and slam assault in the Surf Coasters' more familiar mold. Extra cool, with lots of crunch and fluidity. Excellent glissandoes and edge.