Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Birke Maier Trio - Live in der Linse Berlin at Voodoo Gerds Birthday
|These five songs are classic surf covers, except for "Cruel Rider," which is a fine version of Downhill Run by Swedish band the Shoutless. The mixes are over echoed, and often have too much snare, but the music is excellent!|
Picks: Cruel Rider, Ein Tag In Janschwalde, Kopfnicker Joe, Malaguena, Surf Rider
Track by Track Review
"Cruel Rider" is a retitled version of the superb Shoutless' song "Downhill Run." High energy and wonderful surf whammy chords. This song has been a fave forever (well, since the eighties when the original was cut). Wonderful.
Link Wray and his Raymen's "The Swag" is reverbed and pumped, with charm and reverence.
Another track from Link Wray, "Kopfnicker Joe" is "Ace Of Spades." The snare is way too out front, but the nastiness survives.
Despite being abbreviated, this is a fine rendering of "Malaguena." Ernesto Lecuona's tune has long been a staple of the surfbands. The Birke Maier Trio give it an intense twang.
The Ventures' "Surf Rider" is done with whammy chords and intensity. It's arrangement is not particularly original, but it works well and satisfies.