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Eddy and Marty of the Sunrays - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R release from Eddy Medora and Marty Digiovanni, once members of the Sunrays, contains two of their vintage instros, "Ski Storm" from the Snow Men, and "Renegade" from the Renegades. There are 10 vintage vocal tracks as well.
Picks: Ski Storm - Part I, Ski Storm - Part II

Track by Track Review

Ski Storm - Part I dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Snow Men cut this single on for Kim Fowley who licensed it out to Challenge in 1963. "Ski Storm - Part I" is rhythmic and poundy, with a bitchin' riff and great energy. The drums rock, the piano is ultra cool, and the riff, while straight forward and simple, is very effective. Incidentally, the melody and basic arrangement of "Ski Storm," recorded in 1963, is identical (except for minor phrasing) to "No Man's Land" by France's Les Fantomes from 1962.

Ski Storm - Part II dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ski Storm - Part II" was the same track as "Ski Storm", but without the wind noise overdubbed. It was also called "Snow Storm." Much stronger this way.

Renegade dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A bit of twang and some nifty piano, but mostly just honkin' drama and a sweaty R&B feel. Ominous for sure, but pretty murky. "Renegade" is a very primal track with a dark gutty sound. The stinging twango of the whammy chords in the middle add a jungle dimension to the sleazy sound of the song.