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The King Kongs - King Kongs Live! (live at the club O.G.I. 2006.8.5)dotdotdotdot
artworkFour of the tracks on this very well recorded live album are surf based instrumentals that are definitely worth chasing down. The King Kongs sound has lots of surf in it anyway, so don't be afraid!
Picks: Instro #1, Pipeline, Nuclear War, Emotions

Track by Track Review


Instro #1 dotdotdot
Surf Garage (Instrumental)

"Instro #1" is a dark and brooding tremolo versus surf groaner with lots of gloomy edge. Sometimes just a menacing jam, other times a real heavy plunderer, this is well worth a side trip. Pretty darn cool. It's back announced as "Bathsheba" or "Flasheba" or something like that, but credited as titled here on the sleeve.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf Garage (Instrumental)

A stiff introductory glissando does not undue the heavy thunder groove that is this dark version of The Chantays' "Pipeline." It's the combination of the bass thunder and big eighties snare that give it the menacing edge. This is a very nice and relatively original arrangement of this venerable surf classic.

Nuclear War dotdotdotdot
Surf Garage (Instrumental)

Throbbing tremolo fuzz and ringing chords over dangerous bass throb in a more or less surf hazard format gloom and doom threatening waters. Bass glissandos and double picked lines portray serious reasons to stay on the beach.

Emotions dotdotdotdot
Surf Garage (Instrumental)

Interestingly, this is the only cover of this superb song originally from Love. Where the original shimmers with golden sun glistening on placid waters, the dark tone of The King Kongs' version is on the ominous side. This is superb!