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Jon and the Nightriders - Stampede!dotdotdotdot
This is the digital release of Stampede!. This is a spectacular album, so if you've missed this superb band up to now, wait no longer.
Picks: Stampede, Storm Dancer, Shaften, Wild Weekend, Road Agent, Anesthesia, Beneath The Reef, XL-3, Boss, Minor Chaos, Sea 'n Sorrento, Speedway, Catalina, The Breeze and I, The Truant, Hurricane, Catalina, Dark Eyes, Special

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.

Shaften dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a superb cover of an obscuro from Bill Duzan and the Corvettes. What's particularly interesting is how much more melodic "Shaften" is with merely the use of reverb. Great drums, superb power, and, of course, wonderful wet reverb!

Wild Weekend dotdotdotdot
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!

Anesthesia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a totally crunchy and cool version of The Nation Rockin' Shadows' "Anesthesia." This is much more watery than the original due to the use of whammy chords. Wonderful!

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 glissandos 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.

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!

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).

The Breeze and I dotdotdotdotdot
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!

The Truant dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a solid rendition of the Truants' obscuro. Tuff and chunky, with edge. There's moodiness from the thumpy nature of the mix.

Hurricane dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine live performance of "Hurricane." A strong delivery and crisp production makes this really stand out. It's infectious and melodic, and as energetic as they come. Intriguing structure and melody from the obscure Conrad and the Hurricanes single. They were among the bands John Blair saw live in his youth, and they left a lasting impression.

Catalina dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While this is a very raw live recording, it showcases this amazing band's live prowess. Utterly powerful and aggressive! "Catalina" has lots of melody and fine performances from all. It has a mysterious feel to it, slightly ominous and energetic. The original version was titled "Rod Hot Rod" by The King Pins (Larse 101, 1966).

Dark Eyes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The classic "Dark Eyes" is always wonderful, and in the hands of Jon and the Nightriders... well. This is a live track that's definitely deficient in the mix department, but it sure does rock!

Special dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wow, what a cool song! Fluid, romantic, surf-perfect, and very easy to listen to. The glissandos are like water flowing from a glass. Whew!