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The Hypnotic IV - The Exotic Soundsdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first demo from Davis' Hypnotic IV. All the signature elements are already here. A great band in their infancy!
Picks: Journey To The Stars, Music To Pack Cigs By, Penetration, Sukiyaki, Monster Swell, Latin'ia, Mr. Rebel

Track by Track Review

Journey To The Stars dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This charming early demo of the Ventures' "Journey To The Stars" is solid, if not formative and fairly straight forward. The bridges are reworked and very cool! Way fun.

Music To Pack Cigs By dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky and spunky, "Music To Pack Cigs By" sports a rolling drum beat and a slightly "Music To Watch Girls By" melody line. Interesting, and very surfy.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the Pyramids' ultra classic "Penetration" in the Ventures' arrangement with the tweaky In Space string swipes intact. Solid.

Sukiyaki dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the sappiest hits to come to America's shores from Japan, "Sukiyaki" gets a new lease on life as the Hypnotic IV pump it out with ample power and drive.

Monster Swell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the coolest song... with a great circular riff and rolling drums deluxe. Not quite as hot as the Hypnotica version, but damn fine nonetheless. Great surf chunk and splash.

Latin'ia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tommy Nunes' glorious "Latin'ia" is quite nicely done in an arrangement somewhere between the beauty of the Sentinals and the edge of Bob Vaught and the Renegades. The raw power adds edge and meanness to an otherwise visually gorgeous song.

Mr. Rebel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eddie Bertrand's signature song "Mr. Rebel" is arranged very much like the Eddie and the Showmen single. Fast and fun, cool and splashy! A fine cover!