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The Gasolines - La Shereefadotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a really nice instrumental surf album full of exotic percussion, fine playing, great melodies, and rich arranging. I've heard rumors of these guys for a while, but this is the first time I've been able to hear their music. The sound is a little ambient or raw, but it doesn't seem to interfere with total enjoyment. The originals are very well written, and the covers are mostly rearranged obscuros, or at least not often covered. I'm looking forward to more from the Gasolines.
Picks: King Of Stomp, Pigrizia, La Shereefa, Viva Zapata, Gas Pacho, Que Honda, Hide 'N' Scatter, Lip Rising, For A Few Dollars More, Tornado, Get Smart, Hotel Loneliness, Malaguena, Camino, Rumble Mambo, Siesta

Track by Track Review


King Of Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"King of the Stomp" is finally covered... Raw surf with rock solid double picking. An excellent version with lots of flair and power, and plenty of surf credentials. Often credited to the Surf Family, the band was actually the Hollywood Surfers, a Paul Johnson project, and the album title was The Surf Family.

Pigrizia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Brazilian rhythms and groove with surf guitar and a happy upbeat splash. "Pigrizia" is quite fun, tropical, and reverby. maybe a little reminiscent of the Swamis' "Ayo!," it's a tuff track to put down.

La Shereefa dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little on the middle eastern side, and hinting of the Treble Spankers, this is really fine. The castanets are just too cool, and the rhythm is infectious. This is essentially the Pharos' "Pintor" turned way more Latin cool.

Viva Zapata dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's "Viva Zapata" gets a respectful and shiny new face as the Gasolines stroll through this overlooked obscuro. Fine damped reverbed guitar, long chords, and a slightly menacing groove.

Gas Pacho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a funky groove like you might get combining the Rumblers and the Pastel Six. An infectious riff and Latin percussion, guitar and horns, and fun.

Que Honda dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf and chunk, groove and play, danger and silliness. Women's voices come and go throughout. Lost of infectious fun here. Satan's Pilgrims' "Que Honda" is well done here.

Hide 'N' Scatter dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Billy Childish tune is cleaned up and made presentable. Ringing crunch, exotic percussion, and surf tone. Solid.

Lip Rising dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Cherokees' "Lip Rising" is surfed up and pumped with braves whooping and Indian themes plundered with reverb. Fine track!

For A Few Dollars More dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The wind howls, the surf guitar chimes, the tribal tom toms beat out an infectious rhythm, and the bass rumbles with Indian thunder. Very cool indeed! Are there any bad versions of Enio Morricone's "For A Few Dollars More?"

Tornado dotdotdotdot
Thick Intense Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked grodie groove with aquatic sensibilities and dark themes. The break sports very cool riffs and percussion. "Tornado" powers and grinds, with the dark surf just off shore.

Get Smart dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A hokey beat and a loungy gate with liquid whammy and... yup... it's the theme to the TV show. Liquid cool with cheesy grins and reverb. Only Agent 99 is missing.

Hotel Loneliness dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's "Hotel Loneliness" is splendidly played, with ringing whammy and reverb. The drums are wonderful here, and the bass rock solid. This song is inviting and ominous at the same time, with emotional rhythms and precision delivery.

Malaguena dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ernesto Lecuona's classic "Malaguena" is arranged much like the Trashmen did it on their LP, but with a bit of a warmer sound, and great percussion added. very nice track.

Camino dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a curiously interesting track. The rhythm section is doing this entirely non-surf thing, while the lead guitar is double picking reverbed surf with Spanish salt water credentials. It's an odd combination that works very well. I find myself coming back to this track frequently. Also called "El Caminho."

Rumble Mambo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another Link Wray classic, the Gasolines add their percussion and flair, making it sound original. Infectious and friendly, with saucy sax and ringing guitar. very nice track.

Siesta dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This traditional tune is surfed and reverbed, bongoed and fluidized. Very pretty and liquid. "Siesta" may be a little sleepy, but it's also very summery like some of the Sandals' material.