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The El Caminos - Surfers' Loungedotdotdotdot
artworkTheir CD from Japan. They are Japan's garage successors to the Surf Coasters. Punchy sound, spirited performances, unusual arrangements, and a uniquely oriental view of American surf.
Picks: Exotic, Sumo Wrestler, El Emporador, Big Surf, Ho-Nest, Pachuko Soul, Horchata, Exodus, Apollo

Track by Track Review


Exotic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Bob Vaught arrangement with the drums way-way back in the mix. The huge guitar sound overcomes this. Very edgy.

Sumo Wrestler dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A jerky stomp number with an OK melody. Big sound and Dick Dale flourishes.

El Emporador dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow coolness, moody and mysterious, with Spanish island imagery. The electronic noises are eerie - unnatural.

Big Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A major power version of the Sentinals' killer tune. Even bigger and more ominous than the original.

Ho-Nest dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Titled Hornet's Nest on the Del-Fi release, this track features a big Dick Dale / Surf Coasters style melody and a big delivery. The keys detract from the cohesion.

Pachuko Soul dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Soul Kings and The Rhythm Kings used to do this. It is as close as you get to the definitive song of the Latin band dance craze the Soul that the surfers picked up on so heavily in sixty-three. The keys play the lead in lieu of the horn section it was written for.

Horchata dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spring reverb on the drums in the intro doesn't really work, but the "Tequila"-based rhythm track is nice, and the damped lead is quite cool.

Exodus dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Lively Ones arrangement of the movie theme, with more energy and less sting. The rhythm is heavier too.

Apollo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big toms and harsh reverbed guitar stingers, plus a big guitar exotic power. Pretty intense.