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Dick Dale - Radio Sessionsdotdotdotdot
artworkThis boot couples Dick's 2002 Peel Session with his 2010 KEXP visit. Great playing and solid production. All winners!
Picks: Colorado Avalanche Theme, Jesse Pearl, Death Of A Gremmie 02, Surf Trip, Miserlou, Nitro, Taco Wagon, Esperanza, The Wedge, Amazing Grace

Track by Track Review


Colorado Avalanche Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hard charging big guitar lays out Dick Dale riffology. "Colorado Avalanche Theme" is a retitled version of "Scalped." It's loud and aggressive, full of flash and dark tone. I think this is much more interesting than the album version.

Jesse Pearl dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

This old Dick Dale vocal is completely revved up, with big surf guitar and Dick's vocal more subdued. A major improvement.

Death Of A Gremmie 02 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very beefy update of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Death Of A Gremmie" from the first album back in '62. Loud and aggressive, holding nothing back. The song used to have a soulful groove and great piano. Here, it's just all power.

Surf Trip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Drums launch "Surf Trip," which is a medley of "Surf Beat" and "Let's Go Trippin'" reinvented. Slower and much beefier, and very powerful, with some very slithery lines in the "Let's Go Trippin"' section. Very cool.

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yeah... can Dick Dale ever do wrong by "Miserlou?" It seems a bit slower than in years past, but it has all of his signature slither and double picked wonder. It is, after all, his most famous instro. Mondo power, great drums and bass.

Nitro dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A lot of bands have covered this riffin' number,perhaps because of its punk backtrack, or perhaps because the guitar tomfoolery is just so cool! "Nitro" is a hot track, and Dick's playing is superb.

Taco Wagon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This has long been one of my favorite Dick Dale instros. It's sort of hokey, with its Mexican polka beat, but it just always brings me a big grin. This is a pretty solid rendering with superb guitar slither.

Esperanza dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The classic Mexican riffology of "Esperanza" is very pleasurable. The trio does very well with it. Splendidly done all around.

The Wedge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Using his 1980 arrangement, Dick Dale romps through "The Wedge." He's dropped the double picking on the main melody verses, which interestingly shows the roots of the song in Al Hazan's "Dance Of Love" more clearly. For Dick, it's an interesting diversion from his usual flash.

Amazing Grace dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well now, this is just plain cool! The guitar solo has a lot of emotion right along with that pure surf tone. Verse two sees the band in full swing and the guitar amped up into double picked splendor. Big drama and flair and an artful pace. The arrangement is superb.