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King Of Hawaii - Appreciation Hall October 18, 1997dotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R has been written from the live show these talented guys from Seattle did for KFJC as part of our 1997 fundraiser. The event was the recording session for a live radio performance. The 30 people in attendance each donated $33 dollars to KFJC for the privilege of watching the session, from load-in, through mic setup, sound check, the performance, and tear down. It was grand fun, and a rare opportunity for true surf fans to watch how live radio band performances are actually done. I used my Peavy MR1642 16x4 soundboard, a Quadraverb, a little compression via a pair of DBX 161Ős. I mixed live on a pair of JBL 4412 studio monitors into a Tascam DA 30 2 track DAT recorder. The performance was on October 18th, 1997 in Appreciation Hall, a music recital room on the Foothill College campus, and aired that night at 9 PM, unedited. This CD-R is an as-is document, warts and all, direct from the DAT. The opening track "Man From Amway" is marred by an open mic not turned down for the first few chords, but otherwise I think it came out extremely good and very "live." The band is Mark Klebeck - guitar, Steve Learner - guitar, Steven Paul Davis - bass, and Bart Bauer - drums. They were very gracious guests, and even hung out later on that night to answer phones during the on-air fundraiser. Thanks so much to the them, and to all who came to see them and support KFJC.
Picks: Man From Amway, Francisco's Dance, Plight Of The Matador, Lily Of Bombay, Mohair, Remedios Varo, Disfretas Caliente Ofrio, Villa Vee, Hopscotch, Road Trip, Moon Sauna, Nino del Cielo, Tweed Heads, Western, Epicurean Way, King's Medley (Pipeline / Paint It Black / Detour), Walk Don't Run

Track by Track Review


Man From Amway dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I hate it when I forget to pot down the announce mic fast enough... The first couple of chords are marred by excessive room ambiance, but once past that, it gets really good really fast. A great performance of a brand new and highly energetic song. Strong writing and arranging.

Francisco's Dance dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This fine new song features delicate plucking interplay between the two guitars, and warm whammy chords. It has an extremely friendly and playful melody line. The whammy makes it very endearing. Fine writing and tight articulate playing.

Plight Of The Matador dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This song is so damn cool - sophisticated, flamenco based, and remarkably dramatic and infectious. The big Spanish intro leads you to a Tango de Agua. The pace gradually accelerates a la "Bolero." So fine, and the chemistry of a live session makes it come alive.

Lily Of Bombay dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A picturesque almost surf-trek to Paraguay travelogue, infectious and melodic. Great song, fine performance.

Mohair dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wipe Out" drums and surf chords a la a kinder and gentler "Bustin' Surfboards" characterize this track. The melody is reminiscent of the Shadows, but is a bit more surfie. The edginess of a live session adds greatly to this fine track.

Remedios Varo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a new song. It is a tribute to the Mexican artist Remedios Varo. The rhythm and melody are strong, and the Spanish feel are unmistakable. A very infectious and powerful track, full of South of the boarder color.

Disfretas Caliente Ofrio dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Inspired by the wrappers of tamales, Eat Hot Or Cold is another fine Mexican delight, melodic, infectious, well written, and very well performed. It's a new song, debuted here.

Villa Vee dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A semi-country instro with a great feel. It's gentleness sucks you in. The living edge of the performance adds to this already fine piece of music.

Hopscotch dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moderate tempo number featuring wonderful interplay between the guitars. This is not the Challengers' tune, but it is mighty fine. This is one of my faves from this session, infectious and energetic, precise and pristine.

Road Trip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rockin' good crowd pleasing instro. Oozing the essence of traveling between burbs on the trail of broken down clubs and late night no-life schmoozers, this is for all who those have traveled this road...

Moon Sauna dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A gradually increasing volume of the rolling snare lies under a soothing lead line for a gentle ride. Very infectious, and very nice. I think this song got a lot better live than in the studio, and may be my fave from this session (at least among the tracks also on their CD).

Nino del Cielo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very nice mid tempo number oozing with that Aqua Velvets sorta Spanish resort feel. This is the tune that sucked me into the King of Hawaii camp.

Tweed Heads dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is fine gentle tune, sporting hints of "Endless Summer" and the Challengers more pretty tracks. The delicate guitar interplay is wonderful. The title is unknown to me.

Western dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This new song opens with a cowboy epic, with slide guitar, and funky chunky playfulness, which segues right into "Epicurean Way."

Epicurean Way dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cowboys on parade at the beach. There's a hokey coolness about it. I don't mean that negatively, but it does have a tongue in cheek silliness to it. The breaks include a sped up melody line enhanced with double picking.

King's Medley (Pipeline / Paint It Black / Detour) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a spectacular medley. It's highly infectious, chunky, spunky, fiery, and juxtaposes three unexpected songs together in a most creative way. The rhythm for the whole piece is cow punk, while the guitars ring out with spirited surfisms and silky whammy. Too chunky and cool for words. The changes in "Pipeline" to accommodate the arrangement make what otherwise might be just another cover into a really fresh track. The segue into "Paint It Black" is seamless, and the adaptation is a natural. Where the Mermen used it in a more pummeling surf classic arrangement, King Of Hawaii adapted it to the cow punk backtrack. The segues from there into the Duane Eddy classic "Detour" is priceless. The rhythm guitar takes on a slight shift in pattern into a Johnny Cash thing, which makes it really stand out. The rearrangement of the tune leaves it both totally new and familiar. This is a great track!

Walk Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

KOH delivered a reverent tribute to their Seattle-Tacoma predecessors the Ventures. Pure, ringing perfect, and infectious.