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The Dangermen - Meet The Men of DangerÉdotdotdot
This CD is almost all covers of The Ventures, with a few Shadows songs and others. It's very well done with a sound that's a blend of surf and space (in the go-g and Tornados sense), resulting in often very fun listening.
Picks: Moon Probe, Beatnik Time, The Human Jungle, For a Few Dollars More, Zapata, A Place in the Sun, Red Rocket, Black Sand Beach, Manxman Island, Dick Tracy, Spanish Armada, Moon Child, Monster Beat, Cruel Sea

Track by Track Review


Moon Probe dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

The Vulcanes' (Vulcaines) "Moon Probe" is nicely covered. It's faster and showered in tremolo and early space rock keys. Great drums and energy. Very fun.

Beatnik Time dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool drums and Ventures-like rhythms launch "Beatnik Time." This is really fun, with bouncy rhythms and a catchy melody line. This is an exuberant, happy number.

The Human Jungle dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fun, slithery version of John Barry's "The Human Jungle." Substantially beefier than the original, and much less liquified than The Blue Hawaiians' version too. It has a bit of a Laika and the Cosmonauts sound.

For a Few Dollars More dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Ennio Morricone's "For A Few Dollars More" is done with original arranging. The organ carries the lead while the guitar double picks a splendid rhythm support. Near-military drums, a galloping beat, and a big grin. The farther into this I got, the more I liked it. infectious and just plain fun!

Zapata dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Interesting beat and guitar lines, with some drama and pomp, but mostly "Zapata" is a beautiful instro with power and punch.

Cathy's Theme dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

"Cathy's Theme" is actually The Ventures' "A Go-Go Dancer." The infectious rhythm section is very cool. The organ lead is kinda strange for this song I think.

A Place in the Sun dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Tremolo and a more coastal sound take The Shadows' "A Place In The Sun" out of its normal territory and deliver it to the sunny surfside beaches. Very nice arrangement.

Red Rocket dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

The Tornados' "Red Rocket" is taken part way between its origin and surf. It feels like what might happen if Johnny and the Hurricanes had cut it instead of The Tornados.

Black Sand Beach dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very nice rendering of Yuzo Kayama and the Launchers' classic eleki-surf hit "Black Sand Beach". Infectious rhythms and energy, along with Ventures-like lead guitar styling and drums.

Manxman Island dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

The Spotnicks' "Manxman Island" is a cover of The Spotnicks' "Manxman Island" that is substantially improved over the original in my opinion. Very nice.

Dick Tracy dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' "Dick Tracy" is beefy and slithery, with a keys added to give it a go-go feel. Otherwise , it's fairly reverent until it gets into the verse with the very cool muted dry second guitar, drums action, and cool glissando.

Spanish Armada dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Mel Taylor's "Spanish Armada" is subjected to a surfier arrangement than the original, with keys adding soul. Some very cool moments.

Maroc 7 dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' "Maroc 7" is turned into a lovely liquid number that's really not much like the original. A couple of long slow pick slides pan across the monitors.

Moon Child dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' "Moon Child" sports lead guitar stereo spread with tremolo and delay. This adds quite a bit of space to the track. Very reverent.

NO! dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

"NO!" is an adventurous number with a rautalanka sound. Some parts sport substantial energy and intensity.

Monster Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A galloping beat and long echoed guitar tone with Euro whammy drive "Monster Beat" right home. Its beat is very infectious, and the sweeping sound compelling. The keys are non-surf, but the song still works really well.

Cruel Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a competent cover of The Dakotas' "Cruel Sea." It's played really well, with surf fire and splash. Some very cool licks are found here. The sound is somewhat demo-like, limiting the impact of the fiery performance.