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Dick Dale - The Tigers Loosedotdotdot
artworkThe live album of the early eighties, with Dick in rare form, captured before a throng of fans that egg him on and on at the Golden Bear. This is the whole big band, chorus and all. It was originally issued on his own label Balboa Records, but later picked up by Rhino.
Picks: Peter Gunn, The Wedge, Pick And Play, Summertime Blues, House Of The Rising Sun, Miserlou, Let's Go Trippin', Lovey Dovey, Firing Up, Something On Your Mind, King Of The Surf Guitar, Jesse Pearl

Track by Track Review


Peter Gunn dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Peter Gunn" has evolved only slightly over the years Dick has used it as an opener. He's in rare form here, playing it smoothly and with guts.

The Wedge dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick has developed this most difficult to play of his mega-monsters into a show piece, with a long guitar solo intro, and then a pounding duet between his ax and the drums. A great raging performance. He would do well to play this hot today.

Pick And Play dot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dick said he "wrote" this the night before the show, but of course he was referring to the words and not the music, because it's just another set of lyrics over an old Dick Dale standard.

Summertime Blues dot
R&B (Vocal)

Eddie Cochran didn't mean for this to happen...

House Of The Rising Sun dot
Blues (Vocal)

He should give up...

Miserlou dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick's signature tune is played with panache and flair and high energy. It's the "Miserlou Twist" arrangement without the dumb violins. Hot stuff here.

Let's Go Trippin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick's fourth recording of his first instro. He can still make this tune sing when he wants to. Smooth and energetic.

Lovey Dovey dot
R&B (Vocal)

Oh, man! I didn't like the original, actively disliked Dick's rendition on Surfers Choice, and despise this version. Awful

Firing Up dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Playing with his audience, Dick does a haltingly stretched out version of this mid-tempo track from his golden era. It's almost visual in it's deliberate slow pacing in front of Dick's fans.

Something On Your Mind dot
R&B (Vocal)

Yeah, and it's aspirin...

King Of The Surf Guitar dot
Surf (Vocal)

The girls are singing so Vegas-like... The guitar playing is fine, but sheesh!

Jesse Pearl dot
Pop (Vocal)

OK, he was a youngster in his early twenties when he wrote this, and it's mushy pretty in it's own naive way. Still, I can do without it quite nicely, thank you.