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The Goldentones - S/Tdotdotdot
artworkThe Goldentones held sway in the cradle of Michigan surf for several years during the early nineties. Their sound wasn't pure trad, but was heavily reverent. They issued a CD and this 1992 ep, which comes on gold vinyl.
Picks: Junior, Lolly Vegas, Green Avalanche, Miserlou, Ode To Jim Essian

Track by Track Review


Junior dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thick plundering fuzz-reverb guitar, lumbering bass lines, slow-to-fast pace changes, and a progression based melody line. It's dramatic, like Kraut rock surf circa 1973. If only Amon Duul II had recorded some surf tunes. A bit too disjointed for my taste.

Lolly Vegas dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lolly Vegas (and his brother Pat) were studio session players, originally from Louisiana. They were the sound and authors behind the Avantis, were the foundation of the Mar-Ketts on the road, and were at the head of Redbone. This is nothing like any of their surf instros, not like "Wax 'Em Down" or "Phantom Surfer." It does open with a Dick Dale slow glissando, but quickly drops into a pummeling groove of double picked frenzy and big guitar twango.

Green Avalanche dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky, grodie, fumigated rolling thunder, progressional, but infectious and energetic.

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The middle eastern pop tune that Dick Dale made into a household word is delivered fluidly, a bit slower, and with an infectious arrangement that's not quite trad, but very close. Nice track.

Ode To Jim Essian dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Chunky, percussive, progression based, frat rockin', waiting for a melody line.