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Glasgow Tiki Shakers - Live in Redondo Beach, California USAdotdotdot
artworkThis is a live recording. It captures the excellent Glasgow Tiki Shakers in full tilt. the sound is kinda murky i an ambient wash of room reverb, perhaps digitally induced, but the band plays very well and displays their ample arranging skills even in a live setting.
Picks: Apache, Bamboo Boogie, Mr. Moto, Baja Depth Charge, 350 Bumper Car, Isn't Love Grand, Jet Black, Black Sand Beach, Tequila, Walk Don't Run, Pipeline, Yellow Jacket, Velvet Surf

Track by Track Review


Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty straight forward rendition of Jerry Lordan's "Apache." It's a simple and direct arrangement that's quite pleasurable.

Bamboo Boogie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exotic percussion and a very playful melody ride above a circulating rhythm and bass. Together, "Bamboo Boogie" almost laughs. The grin and tweaky joy are irresistible. I love this!

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With great reverence, Paul Johnson's "Mr. Moto" is laid out for the fans. Lush and lovely.

Baja Depth Charge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Warmer and more fluid than the McGlynn Brothers Band take, and very inviting. "Baja Depth Charge" is a playful song that's great as a backdrop for a palm-lined drive.

350 Bumper Car dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the faster side, "350 Bumper Car" romps with liquid joy and rich textures. The backtrack supports the melody quite well. Overall, it's a splashy good time.

Isn't Love Grand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a British Invasion feeling, "Isn't Love Grand" rolls along with an innocent optimism that's long since passed us by. Very pretty, and lots of fun.

Jet Black dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A quirky, sort of herky-jerky song with tweakiness and abundant grins. Thoroughly enjoyable. Is this Jet Harris' song?

Black Sand Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yuzo Kayama's classy "Black Sand Beach" is a nice vehicle for the Glasgow Tiki Shakers. They treat it with respect and reverb.

Tequila dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chuck Rio's classic "Tequila" is liquefied and surfed out. Light and tribally inspired. A nice version with a great walking bass.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fairly straight cover of the Ventures 1960 interpretation of Johnny Smith's classic song. Nicely done.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the essential surf instros, "Pipeline" always gets the nod. While it's strait forward, it's also on the moody side with booming bass. The muted lines add some intrigue.

Yellow Jacket dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' bouncing "Yellow Jacket" is done much as the V-boys did it. A little jazzy, a little rock, and a lot of fun.

Velvet Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lush swimming chords, softly tribal drums, moody bass... it's a deadly combination. "Velvet Surf" is a beautiful track with a haunting air and slightly sad emotional edge. This is quite compelling!