Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Spanish Wavesdotdotdotdot
artworkThough probably a web only bootleg, Spanish Waves is a splendid collection of Spanish flavored surf instros. It's all modern bands, and all very strong.
Picks: The Aqua Velvets - In A Spanish Mood, The Bambi Molesters - Tempted, The Fathoms - El Toro, Jon and the Nightriders - Amor Del Mar, Los Kahunas - Arena Gris, The Langhorns - La Ruta del Bacalao, The Manatees - Iguana Moon, Los Mel-tones - Sands Go Vermilion, The Pyronauts - Surfin' Espana, Reverb Galaxy - La Cantina (de los Malditos), The Reverb Syndicate - La Balada De Senor Esquivel, The Sandblasters - El Cucumbre, Splashback - Beyond The Blue, Sr. Bikini - La Espanola, The Surf Coasters - Vamos Por Ahi, The Tormentos - Blue Eyed Little Baby, The Treble Spankers - Memories Of Madrid, Urban Surf Kings - Tango el Rollo, The Vara-tones - El Sereno, The Verbtones - Matador

Track by Track Review


The Aqua Velvets - In A Spanish Mood dotdotdotdotdot
Romantic Surf (Instrumental)

"In A Spanish Mood" brings you back to the cantina at dusk with a senorita gently swaying to the music in the background.

The Bambi Molesters - Tempted dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tempted" is a gorgeous slightly Spanish tune, moderately paced, melodic, warm, romantic, and with a restrained intensity in the lead guitar that strikes an imposing contrast against the rhythm section's delicate support. Very cool.

The Fathoms - El Toro dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This fine track sports Spanish flair and chunky surf rhythms, and near-mariachi horns. Really nice track, funny, warm, and utterly spiffy. Not a trace of caca de toro, just lots of canteena afternoon bullfight anticipation, red roses, senoritas in black lace, and flashing eyes. Wonderful track.

Jon and the Nightriders - Amor Del Mar dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Amor Del Mar" is a really cool and quite moody number, with great acoustic guitar and a nifty Spanish feel. The recording is exquisite, and the performance is flawless. The mid-tempo and gentle afternoon cantina feel are a perfect match. John Zambetti (Malibooz) guests on 12 string guitar.

Los Kahunas - Arena Gris dotdotdotdot
(Instrumental)

"Arena Gris" is a very pretty song with a lovely melody, delicate surf guitar, and a very inviting sunset sound. Great chords, warm soothing sound, and a compelling emotional content.

The Langhorns - La Ruta del Bacalao dotdotdotdot
Surf Exotica (Instrumental)

A soft electric rhythm and delicate lead float over a breezy bass and oh-so soft drums, creating a very pretty sound. "La Ruta del Bacalao" is very cool track so far, and that's just the intro! The main event sports a la playa feel conveyed by soft vibrato guitar and sax. Quite nice!

The Manatees - Iguana Moon dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

To paraphrase Donovan, dig the liquid slowness! Lumbering and delicate, liquid reverb and a deluxe Spanish underpinning, woven into a grin-inducing track that's sure to please. Very suave, with shimmering vibrato and great drums.

Los Mel-tones - Sands Go Vermilion dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This grode slow groove is definitely a stroll, of the midnight variety. It employs a simple riff, lime the sort of thing that Link Wray does so well with, and it has that sort of guitar tone as well. Plodding and ominous.

The Pyronauts - Surfin' Espana dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfin' Espana" has appeared before on Pyronauts releases. It sports a Spanish melody and sounds, projecting an image of a slightly sad village scene, as if there's a funeral procession passing by. Great tribal exotica drums and interesting writing. The warmth of the track and the openness of the melody, combined with the many dramatic changes, make this a fine track!

Reverb Galaxy - La Cantina (de los Malditos) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish influence, lovely surf chords, and a flowing melody perfectly align. "La Cantina (de los Malditos)" is simply lovely with reverb. This is the song I keep coming back to.

The Reverb Syndicate - La Balada De Senor Esquivel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In a stylish nod to Juan Garcia Esquivel, this song sports a gently flowing melody and delicate muted chords that drip reverb. It's a pleasant track with a rich imagery and a bit of sadness. A cool beat and back track support the melody well.

The Sandblasters - El Cucumbre dotdotdotdot
Spanish Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish chords, cantina smells, a senorita in a black lace dress with a red rose in her teeth, and Zorro lurking in the shadows. This is a very well developed and beautiful track. It's full of imagery, and holds you right to the end.

Splashback - Beyond The Blue dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This utterly gorgeous Bill Epps tune is richly Spanish flavored, tropically breezed, and lazily drifting... a magnificent sojourn to an undiscovered cove. Very pretty.

Sr. Bikini - La Espanola dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lovely Spanish guitar and bass play a very nice song. The acoustic double picks and charms with both vintage surf and classic Spanish guitar. This is a superb track!

The Surf Coasters - Vamos Por Ahi dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Acoustic rhythm guitar, areba shouts, and decidedly Spanish, almost "Border Town" (Eddie and the Showmen) melody lines find this track spreading dreams of a Baja trip through your subconscious. Infectious, fun, and wonderfully played.

The Tormentos - Blue Eyed Little Baby dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums and Spanish imagery run through this fine track. Moderately paced, rich in reverb, and very picturesque. "Blue Eyed Little Baby" seems well suited for sunset surfing or a film sequence. Wonderfully rich.

The Treble Spankers - Memories Of Madrid dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A travelog for your imagination. This is a spiffy track, with Spain clearly in view, and a ride on a Vespa too. If this is Tuesday, it must be Madrid.

Urban Surf Kings - Tango el Rollo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sultry and suave, this watery tango drips surf with delicate picking and a really nice arrangement. The lightly picked and damped lines, as well as the delicate double picked ones lend an air of evening sophistication to that walk on the beach.

The Vara-tones - El Sereno dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Also a Splashback song, this is more Spanish then their version. The lead guitar is great, damped notes exquisitely wet, very melodic and pretty.

The Verbtones - Matador dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A flamenco guitar launches this extra cool song. It's very dramatic, very inviting, and sultry without being trite at all. Exotic places and distant sadness prevail, amplified by the distant chorus. Entirely cool.