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Kim Humphreys - Atlantics Tributedotdotdotdot
artworkKim Humphreys has been quietly working on an Atlantics tribute CD. These seven tracks are... how shall I put this... Great! It has the Atlantics written all over it of course, especially because backing Kim are the Atlantics and John Roy! But more than that, it displays significant artistic license with updating and intricate arranging. I'm impressed!
Picks: Rumble and Run, Greensleeves, The Crusher, Bombora, Dawn Patrol, Big Swell, War Of The Worlds

Track by Track Review


Rumble and Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big echoed guitar twang drives this intense modernized interpretation of the Atlantics' tune. Great string bending and intensity, along with demented almost Uli Roth guitar mania. very interesting.

Greensleeves dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This traditional song floats with a Euro feel and gentle Australian rainy afternoon air. Almost Hawaiian at times, and with a cryin' guitar that begs for mercy. Really smooth and intriguing.

The Crusher dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Highly rhythmic and chunky as required, with rich low-E grumbling under high-E wails, then that rich Atlantics' sound amped and edged for a modern powerhouse delivery. Very cool.

Bombora dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is my all-time fave Atlantics tune. "Bombora" is significantly rethought, both from a sound and fury perspective, and an arrangement view as well. Smooth and intense, with guitar edging on "Eight Miles High" nervous drive and space cadet fiery.

Dawn Patrol dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Softly melodic, sadly mournful, yet romantic and lush, with a fluid sound and smooth delivery.

Big Swell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hot grodie power in the tube. As close to traditional California surf as the Atlantics got, even close now with powerful delivery and rich tone. This is a fine track!

War Of The Worlds dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From outer space comes the invasion of the uneasy... rich and angular, dauntingly intrusive, spooky and reverbed for a distant danger feel. The backwards part and the damped reverb surf guitar rhythm are very fine, and add the theremin's plaintiff cry... well, you get the picture. Glorious arrangement.