Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Musique pour Miles - Spanish Blue and more...dotdotdotdot
artworkPollo Del Mar's Ferenc Dobronyi put this together as a tribute to Miles Corbin of The Aqua Velvets Miles is going through serious health issues right now, and this is all about ensuring that Miles knows the impact his writing and plying have had on a generation of surf bands. I've hosted and recorded The Aqua Velvets several times, and I have the greatest admiration for his pure talent. I had the privilege of mixing the sound live at The Concord Pavilion when they opened for The Beach Boys. Pollo Del Mar shared many a bill with The Aqua Velvets. Both Ferenc and I have known Miles for a long time. This set of covers of his music is with love and best wishes. Miles, may your recovery be speedy, and may you return soon to the playing you love. Say hello to Grace.
Picks: The AquaSonics - Spanish Blue, Bongo Surf - Spanish Blue, Cutback - Bravado, Django Twango - Smoking Panatelas on the Blue Mediterranean Sea, Ferenc Dobronyi - Nomad, The Eldorados - Spanish Blue, The Fabulous Blue Diamonds - Martini Time, Rick Gale and the Surf Riders - Spanish Blue, Los Jets - Surf Samba, King Of Hawaii - Surfmania, Adam Lieb and Michael Lindner - Spanish Blue, Longboard Ranch - Spanish Blue, North Of Malibu - Guitar Noir, Doug Paulin - Aqua Nova, Pollo Del Mar - Surfmania, The Skull Surfers - Spanish Blue, Sonic Screwdriver - Mysterious Mambo, The Von Rippers - Spanish Blue

Track by Track Review

The AquaSonics - Spanish Blue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a nicely moody cover of Miles Corbin's lovely "Spanish Blue." Perhaps not as sensual as the original Aqua Velvets version, but certainly very cool and liquid surf.

Bongo Surf - Spanish Blue dotdotdot
Siurf (Instrumental)

This may be a lo-fi live recording, but Bongo Surf really capture the meaning of "Spanish Blue." Gentle percussion and spooky guitar tone deliver the goods. It's too bad that they never committed this to tape in the studio.

Cutback - Bravado dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

This is a fine modernization of the Aqua Velvets's lovely and spirited "Bravado." It's very true to the original, yet sports much edgier and updated rock sounds. Great drums! A thoroughly enjoyable track.

Django Twango - Smoking Panatelas on the Blue Mediterranean Sea dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Miles Corbin's inspired lounge epic "Smoking Panatelas on the Blue Mediterranean" gets a different kind of liquefaction than the Aqua Velvets originated it with. The sultry intent is there, as is the summer evening on the verandah, and the intensity of the guitar tone creates an after dinner death tube essence that changes this song substantially. Very nice.

Ferenc Dobronyi - Nomad dotdotdotdot
Siurf (Instrumental)

Always the artist on his guitar, Pollo Del Mar's Ferenc Dobronyi plays "Nomad" with extreme reverence, while making it his own. Delicate, liquid, emotional, and very artful. I really like this.

The Eldorados - Spanish Blue dotdotdot
Siurf (Instrumental)

The Eldorados play "Spanish Blue" with exotic percussion and liquid flow. This beautiful song is presented with honor and style. There is no doubt about the impact Aqua Velvets had here. The performance is excellent.

The Fabulous Blue Diamonds - Martini Time dotdotdotdot
Siurf (Instrumental)

Canada's Fabulous Blue Diamonds do right by The Aqua Velvets here, with a traditional surf beat and spunk. This is very enjoyable and reverent, and played really well. "Martini Time" is one of my very favorite Miles Corbin compositions, along with "Green Sunshine."

Rick Gale and the Surf Riders - Spanish Blue dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Miles Corbin's ultra suave instro "Spanish Blue" sounds too much like Miles on guitar not to be. The exotic percussion and phrasing are just right. Very nicely played.

Los Jets - Surf Samba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Miles Corbin's lovely "Surf Samba" is very nicely reinvented here. With clear reverence for the writing and playing style of the Aqua Velvets, Los Jets deliver a sultry and smooth rendering of this lovely song. The ocean lapping over parts of the song add to its coastal mystique.

King Of Hawaii - Surfmania dotdotdotdot
Siurf (Instrumental)

King Of Hawaii are one of my favorite bands, and much seldom seen or appreciated. This live take on Miles Corbin's raucous "Surfmania" is full of energy and style. The drums are great, the bass rock solid, and the guitars all King of Hawaii! I like this a lot.

Adam Lieb and Michael Lindner - Spanish Blue dotdotdotdot
Siurf (Instrumental)

This is a very lovely version of Miles Corbin's sultry "Spanish Blue." Hand drums, smooth round guitar tone, and lush bass. This really captures the soul of this fine song. The whammy is superb, and the aural quality luxurious. Excellent!

Longboard Ranch - Spanish Blue dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Aqua Velvets' "Spanish Blue" is reinvented into a real surf burner. Great damped surf rhythm completely changes this song, yet the emotional content is retained. Excellent!

North Of Malibu - Guitar Noir dotdotdot
Siurf (Instrumental)

This is a spooky rendering of "Guitar Noir." It's dramatic and nicely phrased. Echoed guitars and moody bass give it a sense of a foggy day. Quite nice.

Doug Paulin - Aqua Nova dotdotdotdot
Siurf (Instrumental)

"Aqua Nova" flows with beauty and character from Sea Hunters guitarist Doug Paulin's playing. This is simple and direct, with gentle emotional sound.

Pollo Del Mar - Surfmania dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another San Francisco band pushing the envelope of what is surf, with major influences from the Insect Surfers and Frank Zappa. Here they do an Aqua Velvets song, recorded at their appearance at Summer Surf III in July '96. I think they will continue to create a following because they are unique, and have an infectious sound. Lead guitarist Ferenc Dobronyi is the man under who's mouse the artwork for this CD came to be.

The Skull Surfers - Spanish Blue dotdotdotdot
Siurf (Instrumental)

Bongos and sultry tone, along with moody bass, deliver "Spanish Blue" with gentle affection. The performance is very smooth - romantic and lovely as intended. Excellent!

Sonic Screwdriver - Mysterious Mambo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Aqua Velvets' "Mysterious Mambo" shimmers with haunted romance in the key of sad. Shallow tremolo creates the sadness and a lush emotional ambiance. Very pretty, and incredibly spooky.

The Von Rippers - Spanish Blue dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Aqua Velvets's "Spanish Blue" comes under extreme alteration, with harsh echoed guitar and drums. Murky, brooding, and dark, this treatment totally changes Miles Corbin's original idea. Quite a shock, yet magnetic. At first hearing this years ago, it was hard to appreciate, but in retrospect, the murky echoes add mystery and cavernous adventure.