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This is a 1984 reissue of The Index's Black Album on the legendary Voxx label. No effort at restoration was made, but it was the first daylight shed on this illusive band from Grosse Point, Michigan. They were very experimental, with surf guitar and an evil psychedelic meandering sound.
Picks: Israeli Blues, Turquoise Feline, Shockwave

Track by Track Review


Israeli Blues dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

A very cool blues number with a surf guitar lead. Very unusual track. The lead line is one and a half bars behind the bass line for a really nifty affect. Heavy reverb and dark imagery, part surf, part psych.

Turquoise Feline dotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

A major wah wah psych noise instro, huge, reverby, dense... like from the back of the Fillmore.

Shockwave dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Surf instro from a huge psych hall sound, semi-melodic, semi psychedelic, semi surfy. A big progression from surf to wah wah to feedback... very interesting. 30 years before Vibrasonic was a whisper, the Index were reality.

Feedback dotdotdotdot
Surfadelic (Instrumental)

Pure guitar feedback, sounding like the jams that happened at the San Francisco Sound Ballroom in Seattle in the late sixties... boomy, reverby, huge, and ugly.