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The Hula Hounds - Release The Houndsdotdotdot
artworkThis is an all cover release. Some original variations are employed, keeping it from being just another cover release. I particularly like their arrangement of Billy Idol's "White Wedding."

The Hula Hounds are guitarists Mike Cincola and Jack Booth, accompanied for this disc by bass and drums.

The players vary somewhat track to track, with Rick Lewis - drums, Ron Ryan (Mariners) - rhythm guitar, Eddie Katcher (X-rays) - lead guitar, and Woody Johnson - bass.
Picks: Half Moon Bay, Perfidia, Tranquilizer, Bustin' Surfboards, Telstar, Rumble, Cecilia Ann, Tequila, Journey To The Stars, Green Onions, The Wedge Paradiso, Bombora, White Wedding

Track by Track Review

Half Moon Bay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Volcanos' "Half Moon Bay" is solidly played track with tuff double picked lines, and shimmering vibrato too. Aggressive and spunky, and intense with short board style.

Perfidia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Alberto Dominguez' "Perfidia" uses the Ventures' arrangement, more or less. Infectious and fun, with dry chop chords.

Tranquilizer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"High Tide" under the alternate title "Tranquilizer" is played with style and reverence. It's a little less powerful and edgy, and the warbly guitar lines are unusual, but it works well.

Bustin' Surfboards dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Hollywood] Tornadoes' great "Bustin' Surfboards" gets a new face on. In lieu of the garage drive is a more reverby rhythm and country twang. The nearly countrification of this song is a testament of its flexibility. Quite nice!

Telstar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Tornados' "Telstar" is space weirded with the warbly modulated lead guitar, which simulates the organ's plaintiff whirl. A little strange, yet refreshing.

Rumble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Extra heavy slow vibrato throb makes Link Wray's "Rumble" seem disturbed and weirded out. It's an interesting treatment, and certainly one of the more unusual. It's not as tuff, but it is on the mean side.

Cecilia Ann dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting blend of the Surftones' original arrangement and the Pixies more edgy treatment. No where near as intensely powerful as Chachi, Boba Fett and the Wookiee's insane rage, but with a fairly traditional drums and bass contrast against the distortion, "Cecilia Ann" is quite a nice track.

Tequila dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rock treatment of "Tequila" with too much rhythm guitar in the mix. Think I'll pass this one up.

Journey To The Stars dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a dry Ventures hat screwed on tight, the Hula Hounds attack "Journey To The Stars." While it's a straight cover, more or less, it's also different enough via the lack of reverb and the modulated guitar break that it stands apart.

Green Onions dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Steve Cropper's "Green Onions" is reproduced more like "Mo Onions" with an overbearing rhythm guitar chop in the left channel. The modulated guitar also takes it into a kind of Twilight Zone where things are not quite what they seem.

The Wedge Paradiso dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Solid reverb double picking drives this cover of Dick Dale's updated "Wedge." the modulated guitar is sort of strange here, but the rest of the arrangement is like a slightly lower energy 1963 arrangement. Cool track.

Bombora dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This toned down cover of the Original Surfaris' "Bombora" is a little like the 1984 studio take from the Thrusters [Santa Cruz], though the rhythm guitar is more obvious. This is quite satisfying, with the less intense arrangement bringing out the melodic beauty of this fluid song.

White Wedding dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a great choice! Billy Idol's "White Wedding" is melodic enough for this, and the guitar work on both lead and rhythm are well suited for the song. This is my pick of the disc!