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The Englishmen - Summer Is Heredotdotdot
artworkThis CD is a reissue of a Justice Records album recorded & released in '66 or '67. The label was located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, but whether the band was from there is unknown. Three of them were 17, one 16, and the fifth was 27 when this was laid down. It's all covers, and is about a third surf, which is pretty amazing if it's from '67 or even '66. The sound is muddy, probably not from master tapes, but rather dubs or vinyl. There are some pretty cool tunes. Like many albums of the period, it is important for the photo in time it represents, the documentation of one of the few true original American folk musics... surf!
Picks: (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, The Girl From Ipanema, Unchained Melody, Penetration

Track by Track Review

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This version of the oft covered "Ghost Riders In The Sky" sports guitar against organ for a very moody and ultra cool arrangement with a galloping beat. Not exactly country, but combo suave.

The Girl From Ipanema dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

This is a jazzy slow dance version of the Stan Getz-Astrud Gilberto hit. It's ripe for the prom, but otherwise pretty tame.

Unchained Melody dotdotdot
Prom Surf (Instrumental)

Surfish lead guitar and plenty of drama permeate this cool instro edition of the Righteous Brothers' hit. Visually, you can just see teeny boppers in tux and gowns pressed together with clammy hands and too many hormones.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is based on the Ventures arrangement, with organ and raging drums... a pounder and a jam, a big drum solo and lots of boom! With some of the flair of Cozy Cole without the finesse, this is interesting if only for the glimpse into the beat. It fades quickly at the end.