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The Gables - Snake Dancedotdotdot
artworkThis is an extremely rare album. The lead guitar and much of the drummer's work are surf, while the rest of the sound includes the blues and go-go. The Gables was Bob Hellen - lead, Frank Scanzani - rhythm, Dave Dunham - bass, Dave 'Bippy' Manuel - vocals and organ, and Jimmy LaTraverse - drums. They were likely were from north of Boston in a region know as The North Shore. They issued one LP and one single on Fleetwood out of Lyn, Massachusetts.
Picks: Snake Dance, House Of Gables, Black Fire, Chuck Wagon

Track by Track Review


Snake Dance dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Snake Dance" combines organ and surf guitar in a riff rock kind of instro. The guitar lines are really nice, perhaps a blend of rockabilly b-side and surf a-side. It's simple and quite fun.

House Of Gables dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Obviously born in surf, "House Of Gables" is a splendid example of how surf remained in the garage band repertoires in various ways well into the mid sixties. The organ is subdues enough to allow the surf guitar to dominate, and the drums are well within the later surf idiom. Very cool.

Black Fire dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Organ and surf guitar in an interesting formula that's part surf, part blues, and part pre-psych. This track makes this seem like they might have been from the South. The mid tempo drum break is tribal and haunting.

Chuck Wagon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf twang leads to a not so country melody that's part surf and part blues jam. Plenty of note bending and large guitar charm. The double picked section sounds like it was from the South Bay region. Excellent.

Surf Tide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slightly modulated surf guitar with dominant organ, as if it were from Stax-Volt beach. Not more than a riff rocker.