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The Flying Padovani's - The Best Of Corsican Surfdotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R compiles a very interesting set of tracks from Frenchman Henri Padovani's band. The songs feature great writing, interesting melodies, unusual structures, inventive ideas, and more. This is not really an album, but a collection of releases dating from '83 to '87, put together for review. Included are a couple of cool melodic vocals in a sub-surf post Rolling Stones vein that is really cool. Sources are from vinyl, but the rarity and stark coolness of the band make any source welcome.
Picks: 3 For Trouble, Bumble Bee, No Place To Hide, Wipe Out, Jack The Ripper, Rattlesnake, Last Bullet, Lies, Murder, Caravan, They Call Him Crazy, No Place To Hide, Last Bullet, Against The Fall Of The Night, Western Pasta, Bumble Bee (maxi 45)

Track by Track Review

3 For Trouble dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

The primitive sound does not dampen the enthusiasm and raw amplitude of "3 For Trouble." Big guitar crunch with serious danger. Mix spy andLink Wray, and you get this grodie number.

Bumble Bee dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This ultra dirty performance of "Bumble Bee" (Ventures arrangement mostly) is tuff enough, and features some grumbling bass glissandos. Yikes!

No Place To Hide dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

"No Place To Hide (LP version)" is a variation of "Jack The Ripper" with big crunch and a tuff power drive. It's not an exact copy, but the parallel is unmistakable. A splendidly aggressive and long-sustained monster that's sure to please. Totally excellent!

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

It's been a while since anyone's covered the Surfaris' "Wipe Out." This is big and grungy, and the drums are powerful and rhythmic. I think it's among the better versions out there.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

The real deal... Link Wray and his Raymen's "Jack The Ripper" is pummeliciously powered into a frenzy of fear and loathing. Long notes, intense guitar, thundering bass, a tribal beat, and dark scenery. Magnificent.

Rattlesnake dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Dark and ominous, "Rattlesnake" rocks and sways with a James Bond / Link Wray feel. Powerful and big, with some cool drums and menacing tones.

Last Bullet dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Like a scene track from a spaghetti western, "Las Bullet" beautifully portrays a sad scene. The lead is carried by clear dry guitar for a Spanish feel. Very cool, and quite dramatic.

Lies dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Knickerbockers' "Lies" is ground out with flair and charm. The reduction in intensity employed gives it a more fluid feeling, and a friendlier sound. Very cool cover.

Murder dotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

A Link Wray structure provides a foundation for a dangerous riff rocker. Metronomic, ominous, and chunky.

Caravan dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Duke Ellington's "Caravan" is driven by tribal drums and thick guitar. This is a hard rockin' thunderous treatment. The Tahitian percussion break is an original touch. Excellent.

They Call Him Crazy dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Dangerous vibrato and a haunting melody provide a dangerous scene. Damn fine spaghetti western construction and evil sound combine for a risky ride. Very unusual, and quite magnetic.

No Place To Hide dotdotdotdot
Post Modern Surf (Instrumental)

The single version of "No Place To Hide" is nothing at all like the LP version, in fact it's not even the same song. "No Place To Hide" is an infectious almost Devo instrumental with cool hooks and unusual sound. A sub disco beat and devious guitar line, with echoed damped rhythm. Very cool.

Last Bullet dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

This demo version is more surfy and warm than the final version. Otherwise, it's very similar.

Against The Fall Of The Night dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

This is an excellent cowboy surf instro, with big whammy, warm guitar tone, and a cactus sense of adventure. Dramatic, full of open space, and very well played. "Against The Fall Of The Night" rolls down an open country road with the smell of pollen and the feel warm sunshine on your back. This is my fave from this disc.

Western Pasta dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western Surf (Instrumental)

This is a playful spaghetti western romp at the beach, with warm tone and an adventurous lilt. The disco hit hat adds a sense of unreality to the demented twang of the guitar. If Kraan were to get into this genre, it would be like this.

Bumble Bee (maxi 45) dotdotdotdot
Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This is a thumpier rendition of the classic. Bigger, more thunderous, and more entertaining.