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The Fireballs - 7th Street Legends Vol. 1dotdotdotdot
artworkThe Fireballs were there to set the stage for surf. Their gently reverbed two guitars-bass-drums line up defined the genre to come. many of their classic instros were covered by the surfbands, and the lasted for a more than a decade, making them contemporaries of the burgeoning surfbands. This new release sports five fine instros.
Picks: Indian Nation, Bulldog, HarLeeGuitar, Fiero, Mexican Fun

Track by Track Review


Indian Nation dotdotdotdot
Indian Surf (Instrumental)

Rich guitar tone floats a very cool Indian riff melody above a spotless rhythm and haunting distant howl. It's a splendid track with a warm and rich sound.

Bulldog dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

"Bulldog" is rhythmic and infectious, and has a quiet power about it, as did most of the Fireballs / Norman Petty output. All of their sessions are available in various CD forms, from ACE, Sundazed, and others. The Challengers borrowed "Bulldog" for their debut album Surf Beat.

HarLeeGuitar dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A double picked drone reminiscent of the rhythm line from Armageddon's "Buzzard" launches this intense country experience. Gutty and very cool, "HarLeeGuitar" has a motorcycle gang hoe-down feel.

Fiero dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

This is by far the most classic Fireballs oriented tune on the disc, with that signature structure, but a more country guitar sound. "Fiero" has all the pre-surf elements that this seminal band first put forth in "Bulldog." It's a fine tune.

Mexican Fun dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A mid tempo pinata party flows from the great chop-guitar chords and rhythmic backtrack. Reminiscent of the Fireballs' earlier work, with mariachi horns added. Very fun, right down to the oom-pa-pa traditinal beat.