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Jonnie Dog and the Dingos - Tracksdotdotdotdot
artworkFinally, a CD of the fine music recorded by Jonnie Dog and the Dingos previously only available as mp3's. The sound is perhaps more beach than surf per say, but I sure like this release! Also on the disc is a superb and softened version of "Annette" from Ed Gein's Car, which I reviewed right along with all the instros because it's so cool! There are more vocals here too, all quite nice.
Picks: Surfadelia, Annette, Lorelei, Go Marsupial!, Pier Shootin', Mysterioso, Six-Pack, Dogs On Boards, Rattlesnake, Costa Rican Facelift, Don't Drink The Water, Three Dollar Shirt, El Diablo

Track by Track Review


Surfadelia dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

Another song harkening back to the eighties LA scene sound wise, this time perhaps like the Ripp Tides "Shelly Tamura" without the lyrics. Similar bumpin' surfable energy and tone, with a catchy riff. The murky low sample rate mono sound doesn't do this song justice! Originally titled "Psurfadelia."

Annette dotdotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Soft and easy chords bring on a complete reinvention of "Annette" from Ed Gein's Car that's just so amazing - maybe more so to me because I played the original a million times on my show. Very soothing, romantic, and completely opposite the original arrangement in every way.

Lorelei dotdotdotdot
Swirling Surf (Instrumental)

"Lorelei" is a slow song with a warm, slightly haunted sound. It flows slowly like a summer river, with swirling guitar and more imagery than melody. A soft mood for a warm daydream.

Go Marsupial! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Didgery du and chants of animals and aboriginal peoples punctuate this very cool and easy moving instro that's essentially a pean to Australia. There are parts of the arrangement that remind me a lot of The Ripp Tides. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Pier Shootin' dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Choppy echoed chords open "Pier Shooting," which is much more a rock instro than anything related to surf. Energetic and bumpin', with some nifty licks.

Mysterioso dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

On the crunchy side, "Mysterioso" writhes with chop and an almost eighties LA surf sound, perhaps similar to Tommy and the Piers. The beat is miles from the brine, yet the rhythm tells of tubular dreams from an inland valley. "Bumble Bee" forms the beginning of the break. Very murky low sample rate sound.

Six-Pack dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

The Sandals' "6-Pack" is played in an island whammy dry fashion, yet it retains its surf credentials. A little country, a little island whammy, and lots of fun.

Dogs On Boards dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dogs On Boards" is a light hearted track with some cool country edge and an infectious rhythm. It's a thoroughly warm and friendly track. I'd like the lead guitar out front a bit more.

Rattlesnake dotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

"Rattlesnake" is a splendid rockin' surfabilly instro with a classic rockabilly beat and rhythm, and real warmth in the textures. It doesn't need to overwhelm you to capture you. Really nice!

Costa Rican Facelift dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Costa Rican Facelift" is an easy going track with a solid beat and fine melody. Its warmth and optimism are crystal clear and essential to its workings. Splashy in a California eighties alternative surf kinda way.

Don't Drink The Water dotdotdotdot
Country Reggae Surf (Instrumental)

A reggae rhythm pumps under this island whammy instro. "Don't Drink The Water" is a warm and friendly song with a catchy riff and fine energy. The blend of tropical, Jamaican, and country elements create a sound that's hard to ignore.

Three Dollar Shirt dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

A kind of tropical island variation on the spirit of "Tequila," with a country twinge and catchy beat. "Three Dollar Shirt" is a bouncy and very fun track. originally titled "3 Dollar Shirt."

El Diablo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Diablo" is a relatively tuff instro with superb licks and tone. A great beat, country twang, and plenty of infectious energy. This one will raise your heart rate!