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The Eliminators - Search For Surf Tourdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a CD-R of a great show, and is NOT commercially available. Recorded live at the National Guard Armory in Santa Cruz at the annual Santa Cruz Longboard party on April 29, 1995, where guests like Danny Aaberg joined the fray on stage to add their "talents" to the performance. Mostly solid pure surf powerhouse playing.
Picks: Moment Of Truth, Baja, Bone Cruncher, Latin'ia, Rincon, Walk, Don't Run, Surfin' Spies, Johnny's Noseride, Hotdoggen, Comanche, Surfers Lament, Endless Summer, Caterpillar Crawl, Tequila

Track by Track Review

Moment Of Truth dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris' arrangement of this classic, enhanced with glissandoes and power picking. The call to dance at the beginning is magnetic. The delivery is tough and pumped.

Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rhythmic, shimmering, and with great damped picking by Joe Kurkowski. Traditional, powerful, and with a cool sax. Not exactly the Astronauts' arrangement, but based on it. Are there any bad versions of this tune?

Bone Cruncher dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the first slapped note, this track is just a big as the album version. High energy, fine writing, exquisite sounds, and infectious down-the-highway kinda pace. The big whammy chord break is really cool, especially where it yields to back to the prime current.

Latin'ia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tommy Nunes' marvelous "Latin'ia." Slightly more ringing than the album version, and closer to the Sentinals arrangement. It is accented with fine bongos, and employs beautiful Fender tones. Very good listening.

Rincon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Damn close to the album take! Pumped, throbbing, bass thundering, drum driven, and mean! The guitar line is powerful and ominous. Drama and towering tubes flow from the tribal thunder of this fine track.

Walk, Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Adding the reverb to the Ventures 1960 arrangement places this half way between their hit and their surf remake "Walk, Don't Run '64." It's rhythmic, damped wonderful, and infectious.

Surfin' Spies dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a medley of spy flick tunes, as well as some original bits. The intro is harsher, and the guitar stronger here than on the album.

Johnny's Noseride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is chunkier than the album, and more immediate. It is a great melodic track with ample power and style. It's catchy, energetic, and very well played. This highly melodic and catchy tune is splendidly played by one of the most authentic vintage surf styled bands around. The writing is excellent, the structure is perfect, and the performance is great. The Eliminators write and play music that oozes joy and optimism. They are among my favorite modern trad bands.

Hotdoggen dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a strong and respectful recreation of the Lively Ones, but with fuller bodied guitar tone. Rhythmic and playful.

Comanche dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Revels smokin' oldie resuscitated for Pulp Fiction, and presented here with all the snarl that Billy Swanson could muster on his raspy sax. Lots of back ally brawlin' edge.

Surfers Lament dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very respectful performance of the Lively Ones fine surf dirge. It's got the melancholia, and that required Fender sound.

Endless Summer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is very well done cover of the Sandals' classic, right down to the acoustic rhythm guitar and melodica. Very fine.

Caterpillar Crawl dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dramatic and ominous as required, with an angry sax growl, and big string bending. The harmonica is played by longboarders Denny Aaberg and Ed Guzman, trading licks between verses. The bluesy feel that adds gives this a whole new depth.

Tequila dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Champs with reverb, Latin rhythms, and wormy bottles. Playful as you'd expect, and very fun. The crowd loved it. Accurate and fun. The band jams for quite a while on it with original licks from the mighty Joe Kurkowski. Mid performance, band introductions are made.