Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Fabulous Nomads - The Fabulous Nomads
|Overall, this is a decent CD. It contains some weak vocal material, a few too many pedestrian covers, but also some bright spots that make it worth a spin. The recordings and mix are amateur and ineffective at times. I'd guess they would do well at surfer parties and fairground events, but probably not up against the modern working bands.|
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Track by Track Review
A very slow surf oriented instro, with island imagery, and a pretty melody.
A different and pretty aggressive version of the Belairs' classic, with distortion of the lead, and slowed intro chords. Energetic and tight.
A jazzy slow instro, pretty. melodic, islandic, and flowing. It has a certain draw to it. I found I enjoyed it repeatedly.
Surf Jazz (Instrumental)
A smooth jazzy track, less road like and more lazy afternoon like. Pretty and enjoyable.
A slight variation of the trad. Solid, but not remarkable. The Pyramids' hit has been covered to death. If something new and different isn't there in the arrangement, then it just doesn't stand up to multiple listenings. This is similar to some of the seventies covers that came out as B-sides to singles.
Another over covered tune, but this time they create a newer intense sound without losing the original intent. Very nice!
A salsa or reggae backtrack and a smooth guitar lead line mark this unusual treatment of the Tokens' classic version. Pretty nice for an afternoon cantina party.