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Jon and the Nightriders - Charge of the Nightridersdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThey continue to produce high energy pristine surf. John has incredible meter, and a signature sound that is magnificent. The band on this record is John Blair - lead, Dave Wronski (Slacktone) - rhythm, Jeff McFarland - bass, Greg Eckler - drums, and legendary early Who producer Shel Talmy playing some tambourine, as well as producing. It was recorded at Goldstar during May of 1982.
Picks: Charge Of The Nightriders, Geronimo, Russian Roulette, Moon Cricket, Man Of Mystery, Splashback (LP Version), The Wedge (A Run For Life), Hit Man, Honky Tonk

Track by Track Review

Charge Of The Nightriders dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's been done before, but never pulled off. Great surfization of the "William Tell Overture" from 1982.

Geronimo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the great modern Indian riff based surf tracks. A J&NR standard! What a great track this is - entirely infectious, and not the usual trite Indian theme stuff, but still readily recognizable as within that genre. Totally great!

Russian Roulette dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A really hot version of the Teen Beats / Nevigans obscuro. Totally infectious. The rhythmic nature of the song is used to full advantage. A J&NR standard!

Moon Cricket dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great pluckage, and really fun. Incredible energy and clean sound. I love the surf reverb here. "Moon Cricket" brings a grin.

Man Of Mystery dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' "Man Of Mystery" is rearranged with ample energy. Jon and the Nightriders convert it from a Euro piece to a real surf instro.

Splashback (LP Version) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A longer medley than the EP, even more fun (is that possible?). Does that make this the history of surf part 2?

The Wedge (A Run For Life) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jon and the Nightriders resurrect the first Dick Dale arrangement of "The Wedge" under its original title, but without Dick's trumpet. This is a very flexible song, as the many covers attest to. These guys give it yet another sound and feel. Excellent!

Hit Man dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The first recording of the extremely hot Dave Wronski original, now a standard fixture in this band, as well as Agent Orange, and Slacktone, both of which feature Dave's guitar talent. Really good track!

Honky Tonk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A decent version of a song I don't much care for.