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Gulag Tunes - Surf Instro Versions Of Russian Traditional Jailhouse Songs 2dotdotdotdot
artworkVolume 2 features more wonderful traditional Russian jail house songs converted to surf and rock instro forms. Wonderful!
Picks: Submariner Song, Urchins, Horses Are Walking Over River, The Sea Spreads Widely, Grey Smoke, Murka, Doves Are Kissing On The Roof, Ragamuffin, On Kolyma, Rosamunda, Cigarette, Blue Scarf, When I Met You, Cigarette Stub

Track by Track Review


Submariner Song dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lovely instrumental with a shuffle-like beat and light melody. It's sad, yet optimistic. The simplicity of the arrangement really adds to the song's affect. Very cool!

Urchins dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A traditional beat romps under this very Euro guitar track. Its pleasing sound and spirit invoke an image of adventure and risk. Nicely done, with an endearing arrangement.

Horses Are Walking Over River dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal, sort of Indian, kinda surf out west, and a splendid melody line delivered with a haunting sound. "Horses Are Walking Over River" is a very cool track that has an infectious rhythm and attractive arrangement.

The Sea Spreads Widely dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a visual track with a sweeping and illusive imagery. The catchy rhythm and sad melody merge into an emotional and gentle track that's hard not to like.

Grey Smoke dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Grey Smoke" reminds me of a subdued Shig & Buzz. Sad and charming, echoed and gently delivered. Very enjoyable!

Murka dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Murka" is a bouncy infectious little number that's playful and maybe even slightly inebriated. Simple fun!

Doves Are Kissing On The Roof dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Doves Are Kissing On The Roof" rolls at a moderate pace through a surf feel and rhythmic pulse. It's whammy and imagery are very tasteful. Engaging and tribal.

Ragamuffin dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ragamuffin" is playful and a little carnival like. It's also pretty and somewhat sad. The delicate guitar lines accompanying the lead add a subtle balance. Quite nice!

On Kolyma dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is sweeping in a Dr. Zhivago kind of way. Mid tempo sad, almost resigned to tragedy. The mid section's swirling guitar tone adds a carnival-nightmare edge. Very nice!

Rosamunda dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Light hearted and playful, this is "The Beer Barrel Polka" for the Siberia-bound set. Carnival silly, alcohol induced, and very cool!

Cigarette dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and very sad song that cries out for even the smallest amount of relief. It never comes, of course. Tragedy and forlorn reign.

Blue Scarf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bouncy and cautiously optimistic, with a carnival organ adding a bit of surrealism to the traditional structure. Fun, and a bit sad.

When I Met You dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool muted rhythm and a restrained lightheartedness combine for a surf-meets-hopelessness track that's really quite attractive. I like this a lot.

Cigarette Stub dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With rhythm guitar muted like a metronome, and a soft blue guitar, "Cigarette Stub" sadly calls into the night for that which is not there. The arrangement is catchy and subdued. Excellent.