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Golf O'Rama - Geluid (Web Demos)dotdotdotdot
artworkThese sixteen tracks are from a web demo on Golf O'Rama's website. The 17th track is a wonderful studio session that gives hope that all of the demos here will one day be recorded as well. What a fine band!
Picks: Apache, Gan-Bay, Jaa-Rabbi, Geronimo, Hawaii Five-0, Hurricane Ashley, Man Of Mystery, Me Jirevis - Popcorn, Miserlou, New Wave, Pintor, Pipeline, Sleep Walk, Surf Rider, Walk, Don't Run, Walkin', Gan-Bay

Track by Track Review


Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very traditional cover of "Apache," nicely paced and fluidly played. They don't drift far from the source, though it's more like a surfed interpretation of the Shadows with some of the delicacy of Jorgen Ingmann.

Gan-Bay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Gan-Bay" opens from a moody bass line that suggests something very different from that which evolves. It's a fanciful song with an arty structure and very warm melody line. Quite nice!

Jaa-Rabbi dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Jaa-Rabbi" is one of those wonderful songs from the Treble Spankers that required multiple listenings. The arrangement here is less sparkling, but no less captivating.

Geronimo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' lend "Geronimo" to Golf O'Rama, who give it a more rock sound, while keeping smoothness and a sultry edge. Very nice.

Hawaii Five-0 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mort Shuman's TV theme is rocked out in a very traditional form. Full of spunk, "Hawaii Five-0" is always a pleasure. Nice performance.

Hurricane Ashley dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A two note pattern runs behind a spooky and delicate instrumental that's quite compelling.Shawn Martin's tune is a wonder to behold. A splendid song in a splendid arrangement.

Man Of Mystery dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' "Man Of Mystery" is done in a relatively traditional style, except reverbed and rocked out. Lots of energy here.

Me Jirevis - Popcorn dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Both songs are very nicely arranged and performed, and they work very well in tandem. "Me Jirevis" was carried forward from the Treble Spankers, while "Popcorn" came from Gershon Kinglsey's pen. The grin factor with "Popcorn" is not overbearing. In this form, it takes on a much less silly air, sounding seriously cool.

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More or less based on Dick Dale and his Del-tones' single arrangement, Nicolas Roubanis' melody is splashed and surfed just the way it's supposed to be. The playing is very good.

New Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Phantom Frank's groovy "New Wave" is slithered out in slide form with grode guitar and rockin' drums. Excellent!

Pintor dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The infectious loveliness that is Jack Irvin's "Pintor" is retained in this swimming whammy chord rendering. I can't think of a version of this song that I don't like. The Pharos' original is superb, and this carries the torch into the future with that dribbling double picked sound only these players have historically seemed to achieve.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The most venerable of all surf classic, "Pipeline" is, well, as it should be. Need I say more?

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of liquid notes ooze from the lead guitar as Santo and Johnny's classic floats across the room. Very delicate and emotional.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very traditional version of "Surf Rider." Nokie Edwards' tune has held up very well over the years. Golf O'Rama keep it simple and true with a smooth round sound.

Walk, Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based on the 1960 Ventures hit, Golf O'Rama deliver an accurate rendering. The playing caliber is very high.

Walkin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' "Walkin'" is done with a bouncing rhythm track and fairly gutsy guitar.

Gan-Bay dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This studio take of "Gan-Bay" is superb. An excellent song played really well, arranged perfectly, and recorded with excellent sound. Delicate, fluid, spunky, and full bodied.