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The Halibuts - Live At Toesdotdotdotdotdot
artworkOne of my fondest hopes has been realized with this CD release. Completely remastered, the original album, recorded live at Toes Tavern October 9th and 10th, 1987 is augmented with five bonus tracks recorded live at Nemo's. Live At Toes (Deluxe Edition) Advance is an absolute MUST HAVE!
Picks: Mr. Mysterioso, Fiberglass M&Ms, Grunion Run, DonÕt Back Down, The Wet Spot, Shorepound, Buono, Il Bruto, Il Cattivo, IÕm A Believer, Malibu Run, Centipede, Mr. Moto, Apache, Skinny Dip, Wham, LetÕs Go TrippinÕ, The Jester, Russian Roulette, The Cruel Sea, Moment Of Truth, Rumble At Waikiki / Squad Car

Track by Track Review

Mr. Mysterioso dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Super chunky ska based surf, with sax lead on a highly infectious track. The melody is strong, and itÕs hard to stand still while they rave up on this number. The middle break, with the pure surf tone, comes to a stop before slamming back into the sax ska. On the second pass through the break, the surf guitar drops onto the low-E and sports numerous powerful glissandoes. Great track!

Fiberglass M&Ms dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Funny sorta tune, noodles around a few notes, and delivers a lot of energy. It has that jam feel to it.

Grunion Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Stinging whammy, intense tones, full bodies fun. The organ slithers out a smart granny gone surfinÕ melody line. Spiffy fun.

DonÕt Back Down dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yup, this is classic Beach Boys surf raver, with a lead guitar instead of syrupy vocals. Tribal, thumpy, party fun.

The Wet Spot dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thundering surf, intense double picking, and ska sax lead lines. A really fine tune. makes you wanna find a party and a keg. Chunky and energetic.

Shorepound dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Totally killer dribbling surf rhythm guitar, and a ska based sax lead, except for the break, where a marvelous surf guitar carries the focus. Infectious, driving, and utterly rhythmic. Prefect for that drive down PCH.

Buono, Il Bruto, Il Cattivo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Easily the best surf version of this spaghetti western standard, with the coolest whistlerÕs organ anywhere. Great guitar, groovy pace, and chunky sound. This is a powerhouse arrangement and performance. Incidentally, "Buono, Il Bruto, Il Cattivo" was titled "GBU" on the vinyl release, and is, of course, Enio Morricone's splendid "The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly."

IÕm A Believer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is always a hit with their audience. ItÕs a cover of the MonkeysÕ hit. I find it to be a bit too silly for my taste, but then I wasnÕt bombed and slipping and sliding on beer and gold fish crackers when I heard it.

Malibu Run dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A sax lead and a major ska arrangement totally change the character of this Fender Four song. The thunder of the rhythm section is very strong, and the infectious percussion is brilliant. Very fine, complete reincarnation of a great lost classic from 1965.

Centipede dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track is much a backtrack... not particularly melodic or interesting, but still this band is of noble lineage.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A slightly country rock instro, more swamp biker than Drew's earlier surf incarnations, and melodically shallower as well. Rhythmic and quite enjoyable - just a considerable left turn off surf route 101.

Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Exotics are from Wisconsin, and their cover of the Venturas' Corrido Twist is their best effort yet, though they still have quite a ways to go.

Skinny Dip dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From Portland, Satan's Pilgrims do an instrumentalization of the Trashmen classic vocal track "My Woodie," and it's quite good, though the recording is primitive. Lot's of energy.

Wham dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lonnie MackÕs trademark big guitar instro, pretty darn true to form, just a bit reverby. fast, whammified, and infectious.

LetÕs Go TrippinÕ dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vancouver BC's Mark Brodie & the Beaver Patrol honor Jim Messina & the Jesters with a rousing version of Suspense Run. It's less hot than his previous output, but that still leaves it perched in the upper echelons.

The Jester dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This performance of Jim Messina and the Jesters' great song is amazingly pristine and very cool. It's a double picked monster romping with energy. Just like you'd expect the Halibuts to do, there's only perfection in this track. Wow!

Russian Roulette dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Halibuts make this classic obscuro shine. The Nevegans' original was a solid track, but in the clutches of the Halibuts in their home base tavern, it becomes electric and displays a grin. Way too cool!

The Cruel Sea dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of only a handful of period European instros that truly fell into the surf genre, Mike Maxfield's "The Cruel Sea" is treated with respect and surf reverence. Spirited and fender drenched, it makes for an infectious track.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

There just aren't enough stars for this. While it's based more on the Original Surfaris' version than the Dave Myers and the Surftones' version, it is also differentiated from the pack by Joey's sax leads and the pristine nature of the playing. The keys in the break also set it apart from the pack. Wonderful!

Rumble At Waikiki / Squad Car dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

John Blair inspired "Rumble At Waikiki / Squad Car" rocks its socks off here. John's sense of melody and reverence for the vintage sounds created a perfect vehicle for the Halibuts to strut their stuff with. Great glissandoes, sparkling melody lines, and chunky rhythm. Absolutely great! When it merges into Paul Johnson's "Rumble At Waikiki / Squad Car," the track takes on more power. What a great combo. Joey's sax reed siren is perfect too!