Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Fabulous Nomads - The Fabulous Nomads dotdot
artworkOverall, 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.
Picks: Summertime Fantasy, Mr. Moto, Bamboo and Banana Leaves, Road To Blackies, Penetration, Surf Rider, The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Track by Track Review


Summertime Fantasy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very slow surf oriented instro, with island imagery, and a pretty melody.

Mr. Moto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A different and pretty aggressive version of the Belairs' classic, with distortion of the lead, and slowed intro chords. Energetic and tight.

Bamboo and Banana Leaves dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A jazzy slow instro, pretty. melodic, islandic, and flowing. It has a certain draw to it. I found I enjoyed it repeatedly.

Road To Blackies dotdotdot
Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

A smooth jazzy track, less road like and more lazy afternoon like. Pretty and enjoyable.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another over covered tune, but this time they create a newer intense sound without losing the original intent. Very nice!

The Lion Sleeps Tonight dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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.