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The Duals - Stick Shift c/w Cruisingdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine pre-surf single, historic for its guitar centric nature. The Duals were a pair of 16 year olds from LA.
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Stick Shift dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This track defines early hot rod guitar instros. It opens with grumbling pipes and tire squeals, and move right into the simple but infectious melody line that fires off over the thumping bass and rocking drums. It is like an outgrowth of rockabilly, with the edges of the surf sound to come hiding in the weeds. A necessary pre-surf instro. Unlike the Collectables release, this is from session tapes.

Cruising dotdotdot
Fifties (Instrumental)

This is a fifties oriented guitar jam. The performance is spirited, and the sound is kinda thin, with a weak lead guitar. The progression is a little like "What'd I Say." On the subsequent album, "Cruising" was re-titled "Duel."