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The Knights - Surfin' The Webdotdotdot
artworkOriginal King Richard & the Knights members Dick Stewart (lead and rhythm guitars) and Gary Snow (bass) are joined by Steve Hudgins (drums). They have a restrained and gentle approach to the sounds of the southwest (Fireballs) and the surf end of the Ventures. The mastering needs to be redone. There are several tracks with long silence between the track mark and the beginning the music.
Picks: Surfin' The Web, Mother Road, Bull Dog, Sleep Walk, Surfin' The Rio Grande, El Nino, Sea Of Love, Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, Cool Links, Walk Don't Run

Track by Track Review


Surfin' The Web dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

OK, so it might be a bit gimmicky, but this is a very enjoyable track. The riff is solid, the fluid guitar infectious, and the arrangement is pretty darn trad. So, aside from "you have mail," the track is very friendly and warm, like an optimistic improvement over the Beach Boys' early jam's of their first couple of sessions ("Karate," etc.).

Mother Road dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mother Road" is mostly some spaced out whammified chords, with some warmth and ambiance. The restrained delivery and sound add to the effectiveness of the track.

Bull Dog dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cover of the Fireballs' classic. It lacks their warmth and crispness, but retains the gentility and pace. Not quite crunchy enough for me, but still enjoyable. Maybe it's a bit too small combo jam-like.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Seldom does a guitarist carry this off without a lap steel. The sweetness and pineapple whine are just too essential to the delivery. Very nicely played.

Surfin' The Rio Grande dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfin' The Rio Grande" is a warm track that just might be the sleeper of the set. At first, I was unimpressed, but not far into the track, I found myself enjoying this simple surf riff tune with it's shiny whammy and Latin sound.

El Nino dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moderately interesting jammin' tune, with a bit of the jazz and tropical feel. Very pretty and enjoyable. "El Niño" has been used multiple times now as a title. Second, that was last year's weather pattern, with La Niña being the pattern reigning this year.

Sea Of Love dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The gentle and optimistic treatment of this oldie masks it's origins. The pace is sorta porch rocking chair family jam. A pleasant track, but without the edge and charm of the Phil Phillips original.

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lying somewhere between the southwest sound of the Fireballs and surf, this is a splendid little track with an very cool bridge and a warm and friendly sound.

Cool Links dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bluesy jam, sorta Wes Montgomery meets Splashback. Not exactly surfy, but pretty darn fun for sure.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A wet version of the Ventures 1960 arrangement. While it is quite tame, it sports a restrained gentle feel, which gives it a very relaxing air. The break is an original riff that helps set it apart from obscurity. The transition at the end of the break is really nice.