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The El Caminos - Beatramadotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD has both stereo and mono versions of all tracks except "In The Hall Of The Mountain King," with occasional arrangement variations. It doesn't matter at all in terms of repetition because the material is so cool to hear. A wonderful release!
Picks: The Munsters , Kami Kaze , When Johnny Comes Marching Home , Mr. Rebel , Two , Torquay , Green Sleeves , Shanghai'd , Everybody Up , Glory, Glory Hallelujah , Free Fall , Caravan , In The Hall Of The Mountain King, The Munsters, Kami Kaze, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Mr. Rebel, Two , Torquay, Green Sleeves, Shanghai'd, Everybody Up, Glory, Glory Hallelujah, Free Fall, Caravan

Track by Track Review


The Munsters dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a great splashy cover of Vic Mizzy's TV theme. It's surf and rockabilly too. Loaded with spunk and muted reverb and string slides. Wonderful!

Kami Kaze dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson's "Kami Kaze " is done with reverence and reverb. On the light side, but very warm and very cool. This solid arrangement is augmented by an airplane buzzing across the speakers. Too fun!

When Johnny Comes Marching Home dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Civil War epic has been surfed up a couple of time over the 40+ years of surf, but this may be the purest surf cover. It's mostly been done in a punkish style, but this is really nice and very surfy.

Mr. Rebel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eddie Bertrand's oh-so-cool "Mr. Rebel " is very nicely played here. The El Caminos capture the feeling of the surf scene back in the day. Very credible, and the use of the ride is dead on.

Two dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I don't know what the title of this song is, but it has a Japanese melody progression, or perhaps it's Eastern European... it has a bit of each in it's roll. It's quite pretty and the rhythm is infectious in a rolling kind or way.

Torquay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Torquay " is one of the Fireballs' cooler instrumentals. The El Caminos do a very reverent job with it, creating a great surf vibe and preserving the original's floating groove. Excellent!

Green Sleeves dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great eleki intro launches this infectious romp through King Henry VIII's ultra classic melody. Great bumping bass, very cool drums, and superb guitar work. Wonderful!

Shanghai'd dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Wailers' often covered party romp "Shanghaied" is superbly reverbed and bumped out. This arrangement simple grabs you and makes you wanna move. Big grins here!

Everybody Up dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Everybody Up " is one of the great surf songs. The El Caminos rock hard on it in their very reverbed fashion. The ska guitar is intact, the bass rumbles mightily, the drums rock, and the lead guitar does justice to Randy Holden's licks.

Glory, Glory Hallelujah dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Battle Hymn Of the Republic" a.k.a. "Glory, Glory Hallelujah " is rocked out wonderfully, with ample reverb and splash, and great drums.

Free Fall dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richard Podolor's "Free Fall " is a superb song. The El Caminos play it with full reverence and reverberating beauty. Fluid and inviting, and full of magical tone.

Caravan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a tribal beat, sultry bass, and infectious rhythm guitar, the El Caminos romp out on Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington's super cool "Caravan ." Big fun and liquidy guitar lines over pumping backing. Way cool.

In The Hall Of The Mountain King dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Edvard Grieg's "In The Hall Of The Mountain King" has been covered often in the rock instro world, but seldom as surf. The heavy muted reverb and surf guitar strike a powerful pose with the ever growing melody. Thoroughly cool!

The Munsters dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vic Mizzy's wrote this goofy melody for the TV show. The Shockwaves (San Jose) were the earliest surfband to cover it in the genre, as far as I can establish. However, it's the El Caminos that have turned it into a great surf epic. Superb!

Kami Kaze dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson's "Kami Kaze " is done with reverence and reverb. On the light side, but very warm and very cool. This solid arrangement is augmented by an airplane buzzing across the speakers. Too fun!

When Johnny Comes Marching Home dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Civil War epic has been surfed up a couple of time over the 40+ years of surf, but this may be the purest surf cover. It's mostly been done in a punkish style, but this is really nice and very surfy.

Mr. Rebel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eddie Bertrand's oh-so-cool "Mr. Rebel " is very nicely played here. The El Caminos capture the feeling of the surf scene back in the day. Very credible, and the use of the ride is dead on.

Two dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I don't know what the title of this song is, but it has a Japanese melody progression, or perhaps it's Eastern European... it has a bit of each in it's roll. It's quite pretty and the rhythm is infectious in a rolling kind or way.

Torquay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Torquay " is one of the Fireballs' cooler instrumentals. The El Caminos do a very reverent job with it, creating a great surf vibe and preserving the original's floating groove. Excellent!

Green Sleeves dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great eleki intro launches this infectious romp through King Henry VIII's ultra classic melody. Great bumping bass, very cool drums, and superb guitar work. Wonderful!

Shanghai'd dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Wailers' often covered party romp "Shanghaied" is superbly reverbed and bumped out. This arrangement simple grabs you and makes you wanna move. Big grins here!

Everybody Up dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Everybody Up " is one of the great surf songs. The El Caminos rock hard on it in their very reverbed fashion. The ska guitar is intact, the bass rumbles mightily, the drums rock, and the lead guitar does justice to Randy Holden's licks.

Glory, Glory Hallelujah dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Battle Hymn Of the Republic" a.k.a. "Glory, Glory Hallelujah " is rocked out wonderfully, with ample reverb and splash, and great drums.

Free Fall dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richard Podolor's "Free Fall " is a superb song. The El Caminos play it with full reverence and reverberating beauty. Fluid and inviting, and full of magical tone.

Caravan dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a tribal beat, sultry bass, and infectious rhythm guitar, the El Caminos romp out on Juan Tizol and Duke Ellington's super cool "Caravan ." Big fun and liquidy guitar lines over pumping backing. Way cool.