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Kelly Lammers - Kelson J. Calhoun Presents Surfin' Tunes Volume 1dotdotdotdot
artworkKelly Lammers played lead guitar with the Surfaris during the early eighties under Jim Pash's leadership. His playing is surely very strong and surf dominated. This set of 8 original 2 splendid cover instrumentals is mostly surf and shows a breadth of writing styles and arranging. the surf numbers make you wonder if maybe Kelly's influence wasn't supreme during arranging and mixdown of the Surfaris' Surf Party album. Lammers also wrote and recorded music for 1978's Planet Of The Dinosaurs.
Picks: Marry Me Sandra Dee, Rip, At The Pet Emporium, The Getaway, Murphy The Surfie, Emerald Bay, Beneath The Southern Cross, No Turning Back, The Happy Song, Hobie Cat

Track by Track Review

Marry Me Sandra Dee dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Marry Me Sandra Dee" features a lovely light poppy melody and an island vacation sound. It's a pretty surfable track with warmth and charm.

Rip dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Rip" opens from a distant lo-fi surf guitar stompin', quickly launching into full surf throttle. This is very much like the material he cut with the Surfaris. A superb surf instro in the rockin' summer vein of "Point Panic." Very cool!

At The Pet Emporium dotdotdot
Tropical (Instrumental)

This is a gentle and slightly after-dark song with a lush tropical sound. The sea gently breaks on the shore, the birds call, the animals bark and grunt, and all is well after the keepers are gone for the day. Imagine Martin Denny at the pet store.

The Getaway dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big keyboard drama and restrained guitar lines distorted with a very modern sound. Orchestra and gentle in a film score kind of way.

Murphy The Surfie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Departing as much from the original Joy Boys' or Surfaris versions as Kelly's "Punkline" was from "Pipeline," this major revision of "Murphy The Surfie" verges on silly. Barnyard animals call, bongos reign, delayed guitar drives, hand claps mark time, and keys layer it out. Yet, with all of that, it steers clear of gimmicky, ending up in the replay stack. Pretty fun!

Emerald Bay dotdotdot
Tropical (Instrumental)

In the Trinidad steel tradition, "Emerald Bay" displays a very cool melody and easy vacation gate. "Emerald Bay" is the sort of thing that belongs in a film somewhere. Very nice.

Beneath The Southern Cross dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richard Rogers dramatic "Beneath The Southern Cross" from Victory At Sea finally gets a surfable airing. The rhythm section is lifted neatly from the Ventures' "Walk Don't Run." Excellent.

No Turning Back dotdotdotdot
Film Score Rock (Instrumental)

Rising from the mist, "No Turning Back" is a haunting number with moody piano and a delicate keyboard melody. Certainly film score material, its slightly dark mood and melody connect immediately, bringing out a vision of distant dangers.

The Happy Song dotdotdotdot
Simply Fun (Instrumental)

In a sort of Dave Edmunds country way, "The Happy Song" literally prances on the monitors. The "la-la" chorus adds a flippant feeling. This aptly titled song is simply fun.

Hobie Cat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pumping piano, rippin' double picked surf guitar, and an uplifting melody carry you down a coastal highway in search of surf. Aurally much like Kelly's work with the Surfaris, "Hobie Cat" is loaded with energy and fun.