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King Dave and the Rebels - King Dave and the Rebelsdotdotdot
artworkFrom the right era (1963), this Sao Paulo band recorded about half of their album as instrumentals. There is precious little on the web about this, with some sources saying they were an American and whose only album was issued in Brazil, while others say they were from Sao Paulo. The Rebels appear to be a white band with a black vocalist named Dave Gordon (King Dave). The picture is not good enough to really tell. The vocal style is more tropical R&B than rock, while their instrumental style is dry guitars and almost no surf elements in play. This is very honest and quite enjoyable.
Picks: Barril de Chopp, Train of Love, China Surf, Amapola

Track by Track Review


Barril de Chopp dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A "Wooly Bully" rhythm and goofy chants support a light melody. Part pop, based on "Beer Barrel Polka," with just as much silly playfulness as that song requires. Very fun.

Train of Love dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Train of Love" is the same song as "Le Denier Train." Light aurally, but played with spunk and a lot of fun. The drummer rocks. This is excellent fun.

China Surf dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Double picked rhythm flurries and a classic (stereo typical) Asian melody, with romping drums and bass. "China Surf" is a very fun track with a great melody and a near-surf sound, though the guitars are dry as a bone.

Amapola dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Joseph LaCalle's classic "Amapola" is covered a lot by non-surf bands. This rendering featured tremolo shimmer and muted patterns. While it's tame and pretty straight forward, it is very enjoyable, and more honest sounding than many period rock instros from other p[arts of the world. My favorite version of this melody remains the live recording from Amon Duul II.

Flipper dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a playful instro inspired loosely by the TV series theme. Not a serious note here, just fun and grins.