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Jon and the Nightriders - Stampededotdotdotdotdot
artworkA solid album issued in Europe, and later reissued in the US on Norton ED-214. Great music, hot performances, and a ton of good listening.
Picks: Stampede, Storm Dancer, Wild Weekend, Road Agent, Minor Chaos, Beneath The Reef, XL-3, Boss, Sea 'n Sorrento, Speedway, Catalina, The Breeze and I

Track by Track Review


Stampede dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This rockabilly standard, originally done by the Scarlets in 1959, has been recorded plenty as of late, but this is the first time it was surfed up. This rendering is simply superb! Wonderful percussive energy!

Storm Dancer dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the best numbers John Blair has written. Very hot and infectious. In fact, this track rules! The fire in the percussion, the catchy nature of the melody, the power in the rhythm... a masterpiece! Very hot and infectious. Aside from being one of the best second wave bands, Jon and the Nightriders are incredibly tight and percussive.

Wild Weekend dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is easily the best cover of this classic instrumental, originally issued by the Rockin' Rebels. All the rhythm crunch is there, and the reverb just adds glitter to the mean edge of the song. Excellent!

Road Agent dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Road Agent has been one of my favorite instros for a long time. This is a very punchy version, more edgy than the others. Infectious, fluid, rhythmic, percussive. Simply cool!

Minor Chaos dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Midwest was a hot bed of instro bands, plenty of which were surf bands back in the sixties. The Treasures and Steve Rowe and the Furies both released versions of this track, both claiming writing credit. It is one of the great obscuros of all time, and this version really rips!

Beneath The Reef dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A lovely melody and warm flow, coupled with crunchy surf tone. Very engaging! "Beneath The Reef" is beautiful! Nothing else need be said!

XL-3 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fire below! The Phantoms' "XL-3" blasts off immediately, and relentlessly powers to Aldebaran in a blaze of smoke and flame. Speedy glissandoes force this raging track into hyper drive.

Boss dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The focus is shifted away from the sax and onto the surf rhythm for a truly "Boss" performance of the Rumblers' classic hit. The Rumblers declared themselves not to be a surf band, but there's not doubt about the surf credentials of this tune in the hands of Jon and the Nightriders.

Sea 'n Sorrento dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I love every surf version of this song, but this is at the top of the list. Warms your entire being with energy and a great melody.

Speedway dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Race your way to ecstasy! Solid Jon and the Nightriders surf, imaginative, rhythmic, and wonderful. The sax adds vintage flavor.

Catalina dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grand track, lots of melody and fine performance. It has a mysterious feel to it, slightly ominous and energetic. Excellent! The original version was titled "Rod Hot Rod" by The King Pins (Larse 101, 1966).

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Surf (Instrumental)

Among the best versions of this often covered Ernesto Lacuona Cuban classic, Jon and the Nightriders liquefy the song's romance. This is an exceptionally good track!