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The De-Fenders - The De-Fenders Play The Big Onesdotdotdot
artworkWhile I can' really confirm this, The De-Fenders are reported to be a conspiracy between Richard Delvy of The Challengers and Glen Campbell contracted by World Pacific. There are more cool moments than many studio sessions, perhaps because the arrangements and spirit are much like Delvy's recordings with his own band. The De-Fenders Play The Big Ones sports little surf related material, but is better than many a period studio project.
Picks: The Wayward Wind, Wiggle Wobble, Wild One, Pipeline

Track by Track Review


Wild Weekend dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a nicely played but light weight take on The Rockin' Rebels' "Wild Weekend." The sax is sorta loud, but the rest of the band is quite restrained. Not memorable.

The Wayward Wind dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A bit of piano pomp and rigid drums introduce a decent but restrained rendering of Gogi Grant's "The Wayward Wind." In some ways, it's reminiscent of the way The Belairs approach standards, but not quite as honest. Still, I ended up liking it just fine.

Wiggle Wobble dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Wiggle Wobble" is less punchy than the original Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers' version, but it rocks nonetheless. It's a solid rock instro with some fine drumming and a firm groove.

Wild One dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Bobby Rydell's "Wild One" is the subject matter here. Tommy Tedesco's guitar is surf in the light sense, and the backtrack pretty serviceable, though it sure isn't like the real deal. Still, it's fun and infectious.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This isn't a bad cover, though it's pretty lightweight. It is infectious, and surprisingly close to the way The Chantays recorded it for K-Tel in 1975.

Yep dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Duane Eddy's "Yep" was often covered by surfbands back in the day. This is mighty similar to the way The Challengers did it. Spunky and fun.

(Dance To The) Yakety Sax dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Sax and piano play this flippant instro. It's all fun, but aside from the piano fills, not of much consequence.

All About My Girl dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"All About My Girl" is an organ swill instro that wants o have the soul of The MG's, but doesn't.

40 Miles Of Bad Road dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Among the hundreds of versions of Duane Eddy's "40 Miles Of Bad Road," this just doesn't stand out, though the sax is pretty right on.

Dumplins dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a typical jam... a tasteful circling guitar riff and so-so sax lines. To say the least, I was underwhelmed.

Honky Tonk dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Bill Dogget's "Honky Tonk" has been done o death. This is OK, but of little consequence.