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The Illusions - 60s Surf and Hot Rod Classicsdotdotdot
artworkKnown mostly for their amazing "Jezebel" single, this Bellflower band recorded some very vital instros during 1963. This mp3 release features 5 instros and 5 vocals. The vocals are very pedestrian, but the instros are worth seeking out.
Picks: Surfer's Lullaby, Lido Stomp, Que Paso, Jezebel, Nitemare

Track by Track Review


Surfer's Lullaby dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a playful track this is, gentle, almost childlike. It certainly captures the sleepy drifty lullaby feel. It's melodic, and fun, with a rhythm guitar with the high end rolled off playing chords like you might expect from a Hawaiianesque track. Quite a nice track.

Lido Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very Freddie King like track, bluesy and jazzy, and interesting. It's got that "San-Ho-Zay" feel and structure, relying on repetition and rhythm to carry it off. Infectious and fun.

Que Paso dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a strongly reverbed and dribbled track, chunky and spiritously delivered. Whammy chorded, Surf Trio oriented, wetly picked. More than a progression, less than a melody. Cool track.

Jezebel dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Illusions were one mean sounding surf band! "Jezebel" totally pummels the living effluent out of you. Low-E menacing staccato powerhouse! Need I say more? Drummer Tom Brown wound up later in the Wedge. John Blair says that Tom told him this track was recorded with a single mic... yikes!

This amazing version of the Frankie Lane classic is mimicked almost exactly by Mark Brodie and the Beaver Patrol.

Nitemare dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Damped surf, plucked infectiously in a mid tempo twang tune. The double picked parts scream for the breaks to be applied, but alas there is no relief. This is much like a merger between the Vy-Dels and the Pyramids. Pretty cool.