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The Lively Ones - Surfin' South Of The Boarderdotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD is a reissue of the cool and experimental album that saw the Lively Ones in an alter ego persona they called the Surf Mariachis, which allowed them to experiment with West Coast Jazz and the East LA sound. Both styles are well suited to surf, and the album is loaded with interesting and unavailable elsewhere tracks. A fine release.
Picks: Torquay, Baja, Mexico, Limbo Rock, More, Exodus, Tequila, Watermelon Man, Undertow, Walking Memories, Latin'ia, Surf Fiesta

Track by Track Review

Torquay dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A trad cover of the Fireballs' classic.

Baja dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the most amazing thing. Originally issued as by the Surf Mariachis, this rendition of the Astronauts' classic hit is slowed way down, and translated into a mariachi format or sorts. Totally infectious.

Mexico dotdotdotdot
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

The Eddie & the Showmen arrangement of the Bob Moore hit single. It's got all the right Latin bits, the double picked guitar, and the surf sound.

Limbo Rock dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A kinder gentler rendition, flute lead, Latin rhythms, and moderate interest. Pretty MOR.

More dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Piano lead, and an arrangement that is gentler than the Kai Winding soundtrack version of this song. Pretty, but very MOR.

Exodus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Tango backtrack, major whammy stingers in the intro and outro, and the infectiousness of a familiar hit melody reworked into a fiery and piercing track!

Tequila dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While this is a tame session, it does include a spoken introduction of the band.

Watermelon Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The West Coast jazz influences in surf are no more clear than when the bands did this song. Lots of horns, and a decent arrangement.

Undertow dotdotdotdot
R&B Surf (Instrumental)

An ominous sax lead tune with a rippin backbeat. Hot and evil R&B rave. Most unusual.

Walking Memories dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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Latin'ia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

About half way between the Sentinals' original and the Challengers' cover, this version is clean and precise. Interesting, but not killer.

Surf Fiesta dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tom toms, Latin backtrack, and a piano melody line similar to the Beach Boys' "Don't Make Waves." OK, but quite MOR.