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The El Caminos - Knock 'Em Outdotdotdotdot
artworkJackie & the Cedrics set the stage for lo-fi garage surf in Japan. Their discs are generally poorly recorded. Then, along came the El Caminos with much better recordings. They captured the energy and power, and created some fine surf instros.
Picks: Reverb Explosion [Part I], Image Of A Surfer Girl, The Wedge, Rolling Sushi, Shock Wave '95, T. J. Slough, Death Race, Quite A Surf Party, Gerugugu, Journey To The Deep Sea, Pipeline, Miserlou, Reverb Explosion [Part II]

Track by Track Review


Reverb Explosion [Part I] dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sort of a "Mr. Eliminator"-like song with with silly screaming girls and an "ah-ah" chorus courtesy the Chevrolettes. Really mean crunchy low-E surf riffs. It's a little like Jackie & the Cedrics recorded better.

Image Of A Surfer Girl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)


The Wedge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A light weight cover of the Dick Dale classic. Too much rhythm guitar presence.

Rolling Sushi dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A pretty cool surf number with the trite-n-true Japanese caricature chord intro. Repetitious, but fun.

Shock Wave '95 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool vibratoed reverb crashes add a new dimension to this obscuro cover. Very nice reverent track.

T. J. Slough dot
Surf (Instrumental)

Really stupid Chipmunks vocal La La's throughout render it almost useless. Too bad, because it would be really cool without them.

Death Race dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool rhythmic number with the lead way too low in the mix, killing the effectiveness of the track.

Quite A Surf Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fireballs classic track written by George Tomsco, with a lot less delicacy, and a lot more energy. Quite nice.

Gerugugu dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A super minimal melody line, but it reeks of Eddie & the Showmen influence. Tasty.

Journey To The Deep Sea dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the title, I expected a variation on "Journey To the Stars," nut alas I was rewarded with a fluid and interesting original. The melody is a cut above most of their other originals, and the playing is quite good. The downside is the constant gurgling and bubbling effects, like Godzilla at the tar pits or something.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is quite a cool version, extremely thick and auditorium like, with evil howling and deep DEEP reverb. Makes you wanna get off the sidewalk outside and go in the hall where it can be heard up close. Pretty nifty.

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This was cut live at the "Rendezubous Ballroom." It's slow and sludgy, like the Gallon Drunk version, at least up to the point where they decide to launch rump with all their might. Excellent fiery power twang.

Reverb Explosion [Part II] dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sort of a "Mr. Eliminator"-like song with with silly screaming girls and an "ah-ah" chorus courtesy the Chevrolettes. Really mean crunchy low-E surf riffs. It's a little like Jackie & the Cedrics recorded better.