Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Riptide - Cool Surf Tunes From The Zonedot
artworkWARNING! NEVER BUY ANYTHING WITH THE KRB LOGO ON IT!



Michael Clarke and Greg Anderson just never give up repackaging this crap. This is a complete repackage of the Curls, Curls, Curls release, and if you have any doubt that's true, the disc art is exactly that. Only the insert and tray have changed. Complete rip-off!
Picks: The Seagulls - Riptide, Wild Weekend, Guitar Paradise, Hawaiian Rendezvous, Wiped Out, Volcano Dream, The Tubular Band - Beach Bound, Shock Wave, Waves Of Blue, Mega Wave, California Sand, Sun Surfin'

Track by Track Review


The Seagulls - Riptide dotdotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Greg Anderson's "Heavy Surf." The basic concept is good. The guitar is played on the low-E, there are whammies, and the backtrack is sorta Indian thump. The melody is good, and the textures are good. It's pretty dry, but still surfy. Must have been an error.

The Seagulls - Wild Weekend dotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Greg Anderson's "Moonlight Surf." Slow unremarkable MOR filler.

The Seagulls - Guitar Paradise dotdotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Greg Anderson's "Mad Surf." Actually opens with a glissando. The lead is quite dry, the rhythm is too prominent when it strikes whammy chords, and the reggae organ is oddly interesting, but there's a weird draw to the damped and dull double picked lead guitar. I found this to be somehow intriguing, except for the lame drum machine. It has a decidedly ventures sound to it, with a "Diamond Head" influenced guitar break.

The Seagulls - Hawaiian Rendezvous dotdotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Greg Anderson's "The Curl." Double picked dribbling on a nice melody line. If this were just played with a little feeling and energy, it would be a good surf track, but alas it is quite reserved. The bass and drum machine solo in the middle is just a jazz jam with little relation to the rest of the track. Odd.

The Seagulls - Wiped Out dotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Greg Anderson's "Moon Dawg." Oh no! the New Age rock SoCal nonsense strikes. Sorry, but this has no relationship to surf at all, and is not interesting.

The Seagulls - Volcano Dream dot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Greg Anderson's "Pipeline Kid." So, since writing credit is taken, I have to assume the very slight differences between this and "Pipeline" are not mere getting the melody wrong, but more intentional rip off, 'cuz it's too close for mere inspiration. The breaks are different, and the rest of the track is a boring jam, but... never mind, this sux.

The Tubular Band - Beach Bound dotdotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Michael Clarke's "Curls In The Surf." Not a bad track, given the programmed nature. A good melody, a reasonable lead guitar sound, and dry chop rhythm guitar. It would have been nice if the bass was more than two notes (not played in the same line). After not very long, it gets tedious due to the lack of changes, but it still survives as an OK track.

The Tubular Band - Shock Wave dotdotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Michael Clarke's "Curls Curls Curls." Like a demo from a band that hasn't quite figured out what surf is, this bears some of the trappings, but lacks much of the spirit. Like having all the pieces without the instructions, the result is likely to be less than correct or optimal. The beak is a really boring drum and bass continuation. The guitar work is not bad. The keys are out of place.

The Tubular Band - Waves Of Blue dotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Michael Clarke's "Deep Purple Sunset." Well, nearly Deep Purple structure and organ dominates this track. Maybe that's the inspiration for the title. The guitar line is not only boringly repetitive, but the licks reflect a complete lack of "get it" about surf instros. It's just rock, and it's not particularly well done at that. It's really too long, and a boring jam.

The Tubular Band - Mega Wave dotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Michael Clarke's "The Straits." Naming songs after watery places is not a sign of capturing the surf in your music. This blues-like thing is without any relationship to surf. It is too long, without melody, and boring.

The Tubular Band - California Sand dotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Michael Clarke's "Memphis Waves." Now, there's a surf title for you. From the opening slow drum sequence through the wandering bass line right into the jamming piano-guitar substitute for a melody, this track just says studio jam. A groove with no direction.

The Tubular Band - Sun Surfin' dotdot
Drum Machine (Instrumental)

This is actually Michael Clarke's "The Road To Hana." Cowboy whine in the guitar, basic jam backtrack, minimal melody... what more do you need... MELODY and SURF, that's what.