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Carol Kaye and the Hitmen - California Creamin'dotdotdot
artworkCarol Kaye was a successful studio player throughout the fifties and sixties. You'll find her jazz leaning work on sessions by Richie Valens, Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, Chris Montez, Sonny & Cher, Herb Alpert, Jan & Dean, the Isley Brothers, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Duane Eddy, Howard Roberts, the Chipmunks, Chet Baker, Neil Diamond, Pat Boone, and many more. These sessions were recorded in Hollywood in 1965. This is not surf, but has many surf elements, and some tracks would fit right fine into a surf set. Cool stuff. the CD closes with a rambling narrative by Carol while she demos on guitar.
Picks: Baja, Soft Winds, Delicado, New Love, The Searchers, Ice Cream Rock, Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps, Tico Tico, Caramba Samba, So What, It's Been A Long Long Time, Delicado, Baja, So What, It's Been A Long Long Time, Delicado

Track by Track Review


Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Not the Lee Hazelwood tune. This features some dribblingly slow double picking and honky sax support. Like the Pastel Six gone mad in an elevator, with Sergio Mendes' girls next door ooing and awing their hearts out. A soul groove for the milktoast set.

Soft Winds dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A weak melody line, and a jazz jam feel. Almost Cal Tjader at the palapas bar, with soul left at home watching the kids. Aged and limp.

Delicado dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This well established MOR classic is played briskly and playfully, with an eye on the CPA crowd. It is enhanced with several glissandoes, and a sort of Idaho vision of the coast. Energetic and fun, and really weird.

New Love dotdotdot
Iced Tea (Instrumental)

Requiring no intentional listening, this is just a breezy backdrop to lawn mowing. Noodle on the fret board while the iced tea flows.

The Searchers dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky driving rhythms, glissandoes, dry guitar tones, and an organ almost like the Hornets or Defenders. Oh, the sensibility of studio triffling. Interesting, if only for the glimpse into the mind of the studio lizard. The question is, what are they searching for?

Ice Cream Rock dotdotdotdot
Aboriginal Surf (Instrumental)

"Hava Nagila" has not been handed this thrashy a treatment before. Definitely punk, certainly short board surf, and undoubtedly aggressive. It comes in two parts, separated by a soft solo guitar line. A total workout!

Perhaps Perhaps Perhaps dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast double picking and pounding drums rage on this mighty punkoidal surf and slammer. The grodie low-E lead is distorted and unreverbed. The melody of "Potato Juice" is similar to "Maleguena." Cool track.

Tico Tico dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drums open this spymaster's tale. The drums make it one powerful track as they roll and drive the snare like a rockabilly monster. The guitar relentless dribbles out a nasty run. Punkin' and thumpin' surf slam.

Caramba Samba dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Destination Degobah" is pretty interesting. Super thrash, dissonant chords, power punk drums, dripping reverb and dark secrets. A big fuzz break trashes what's left of the daylight.

So What dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Liquid vibrato twang and big chord thrash over a punk rhythm section, interrupted for damped reverbed bridges and flying glissandoes. Angular and punkoidal.

It's Been A Long Long Time dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Argumentative, hard to control, split personality, surf and slam trade offs, and intense drive. Angular and disquieting.

Delicado dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This well established MOR classic is played briskly and playfully, with an eye on the CPA crowd. It is enhanced with several glissandoes, and a sort of Idaho vision of the coast. Energetic and fun, and really weird. This is much more pluck oriented, more playful than version 1.

Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Not the Lee Hazelwood tune. This features some dribblingly slow double picking and honky sax support. Like the Pastel Six gone mad in an elevator, with Sergio Mendes' girls next door ooing and awing their hearts out. A soul groove for the milktoast set. This version is quite different, with a more vibrating guitar, and a dry chunk rhythm guitar. Early evening version.

So What dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Liquid vibrato twang and big chord thrash over a punk rhythm section, interrupted for damped reverbed bridges and flying glissandoes. Angular and punkoidal.

It's Been A Long Long Time dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Argumentative, hard to control, split personality, surf and slam trade offs, and intense drive. Angular and disquieting.

Delicado dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This well established MOR classic is played briskly and playfully, with an eye on the CPA crowd. It is enhanced with several glissandoes, and a sort of Idaho vision of the coast. Energetic and fun, and really weird. A much more chunky thumpy version, with a more party band feel.