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The Denvermen - Let's Go Surfsidedotdotdot
artworkThis version of The Denvermen's LP was issued when RCA picked them up from Canetoad. It has four added tracks.
Picks: Back Rip, Ho-Dad, Let's Go Surfin', Mystery Wave, Surf City Stomp, Surf Patrol, Surfer's Cha Cha, Surfer's Blues, Surfer's Blues, Surfer's Cha Cha

Track by Track Review


Back Rip dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

This is a nice track, slow and almost Indian flavored. It is pretty gentle, but you can imagine a rippin' surf cover. The melody is sad and fluid. I presume "back rip" means "rip tide."

Ho-Dad dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' sound abounds here, though slightly more gutty. The melody is almost spaghetti western influenced,... just a hint. Great drums and energy.

Let's Go Surfin' dotdotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

The lead guitar's Duane Eddy whammy dips and vibrato are cool, and just a bit meaner than most of Eddy's tracks. The back track is fairly light, yet "Let's Go Surfin'" is quite a nice track.

Mystery Wave dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

Pure Shadows ethic, and a military beat. haunting and enjoyable, it wreaks Hank Marvin influences, both in guitar tone and arrangement. No surf at all in the classic American sense, but a lot more than just a Shadows clone.

On The Beach dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

Adding shore break sounds to an echoed guitar playing a Euro melody does not make it surf. It is a fine track though, with a solid melody and a pleasing overall sound.

Quiet Beach dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

Swimming whammy, Hank Marvin tone, and a slow pace. Pretty, but unremarkable.

Spanish Sands dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

Acoustic guitar solo, a pretty Spanish style melody, and a very gentile delivery. This is quite a nice track.

Surf City Stomp dotdotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting blending of the Shadows sound and the surf sound. Much more oriented to the Euro instro sound, it does have some of the feel of the surf. The guitar employs echo in lieu of reverb, and the rhythm guitar is dry. The drums roll and thunder. This is a great track, but not very close to surf.

Surf Patrol dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

This is damn close to the Shadows' "FBI." The melody is a bit different, but the backtrack is right on the money. It's not quite as fluffy as "FBI," but it is very friendly. Derivative, but enjoyable.

Surfer's Cha Cha dotdotdot
Oz Cha Cha Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfer's Cha Cha" is an odd light weight instro with a cha cha rhythm and a Shadows-like melody and sound.

Surfer's Blues dotdotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfer's Blues" is a really slow number, with a big Duane Eddy sound. It's also extremely close to John D. Loudermilk's "What Am I Living For."

Surfside Romance dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

This is a really slow Euro instro, pretty, but mostly a backdrop. Very gentle.

Surfer's Blues dotdotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfer's Blues" is a really slow number, with a big Duane Eddy sound. It's also extremely close to John D. Loudermilk's "What Am I Living For."

Surfer's Cha Cha dotdotdot
Oz Cha Cha Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfer's Cha Cha" is an odd light weight instro with a cha cha rhythm and a Shadows-like melody and sound.

Quiet Beach dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

Swimming whammy, Hank Marvin tone, and a slow pace. Pretty, but unremarkable.

Surfside Romance dotdotdot
Oz Surf (Instrumental)

This is a really slow Euro instro, pretty, but mostly a backdrop. Very gentle.