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Jackie and the Cedrics - Great 9 Stomps Set!! New Versiondotdotdot
artworkThis extended version of their earlier release includes tracks from singles added to the tracks from their two record seven incher. A couple of dismissible vocals separate garage intense surf instros.
Picks: Moovin' 'N' Groovin', Low Hide, Scorpion Stroll, El Conquistadoer, Ali Baba, Banzai Diamond Head, Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Latin'ia, Thunder Struck, Little Coupe, Boss, Red Baron, Made In Japan

Track by Track Review


Moovin' 'N' Groovin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Charming garage interpretation of Duane Eddy's classic. There's nothing new here. The marginal recording of the drums and bass hides the action there, with likely would make this more palatable.

Low Hide dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big wham garage drive of Link Wray and his Raymen' Raw-Hide is nothing short of hot. It's not groundbreaking, but the fire is undeniable, and it certainly satisfies.

Scorpion Stroll dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Linky number that oozes and whams with tortured lumbering. A little too repetitious, but still huge and with reverent nods to the Linkster.

El Conquistadoer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one power throbbed delivery of the Chantays' El Conquistador, completely different in texture and effect. This is monstrous, and very fun. The spirit just oozes from this performance.

Ali Baba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dave and the Customs' obscuro is thrashed with less fire than the original, but plenty enough for pleasure. The rolling drums and bass which are so important to the original are played well, but are not clear enough in the mix, sapping potential drive. Still, it's a great track.

Banzai Diamond Head dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Based strongly on Link Wray's "Jack the Ripper," this is a sloppy derivative tune with lots of flair but little technique and demo sound. Ample fire, but thin sound.

Brown Eyed Handsome Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chuck Berry's "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" makes for an uninteresting instro. It's spirited, and has flair, but the melody is just not really interesting.

Latin'ia dotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

This is just about the least interesting cover of Tommy Nuñes' "Latiña" I've ever heard. It's not that the arrangement that sux, it's the lo-fi sound that hides what sounds to be an interesting take on the tune. It's fast, with damped reverb out back. The drums are about a block away, and the tone is very dry.

Thunder Struck dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf 'n' chop, riffin' surf jam, extra reverb garage trash. very cool, lots of fun, and almost melodic high energy wet... get the picture?

Little Coupe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Twangy whammy infectious fast and fluffy. The riff is happy and the delivery joyous. The guitar speed-picking reminds me of a couple of the Titans' singles. Cool track.

Boss dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Boss" doesn't have the meanness and grumble of the Rumblers's original. The rendition is just pedestrian.

Red Baron dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Intense surf chord whammy, speedy, riffy, and powerful. The energy here is the thing, carried by the exuberant playing. very nice, with nods to Link Wray and Dick Dale.

Made In Japan dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a garagie and driven version of the Rumblers' "Made In Japan" with less charm and more edge.