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Sandy Nelson - Drums A Go-Godotdotdot
artworkThere's just one surf track here, and it's worth the price of admission alone. It's Sandy Nelson's killer "Casbah," written by Richie Podolor, who also plays lead guitar.
Picks: Drums A Go-Go, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, I Like It Like That, Casbah, Boot-Leg, Woolly Bully, , Whittier Blvd., Do The Boomerang, Kitty's Theme, The Clapping Song, Soul Drum

Track by Track Review


Drums A Go-Go dotdotdot
Go-Go (Instrumental)

This is a close variation of the Hollywood Persuaders' hit, with excellent drum work and without the cheesy organ. Highly rhythmic and hypnotic, and all about the drums.

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very Ventures like cover of the Rolling Stones' "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." Sax lead, and relatively uninspired.

I Like It Like That dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"I Like It Like That" is one of many Chris Kenner tunes that hit the charts. His sense of pop writing was superb. This is a pedestrian Ventures like arrangement.

Casbah dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Damn near the best surf single ever, and certainly Sandy Nelson's best track. The brilliant surf guitar work is from my personal favorite studio player Richie Podolor. This single kicks major hind quarter. Fast rippin' tune delivered like a machine gun. Amazingly good! It's been in my top ten for 32 years now.

Boot-Leg dot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an uninspired and uninspiring version of a lesser Booker T. and the MG's tune.

Woolly Bully dot
Rock (Instrumental)

Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs' "Woolly Bully" has lost all of it's life in this format. Just pulsing.

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Ian Whitcomb's "You Turn Me On" is nothing without its gimmicky falsetto and faux orgasms.

Whittier Blvd. dotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

"Whittier Blvd." is the definitive Pachuko soul instro. Despite the studio calm, this track does have enough spark to make it, though it's nothing like the fire of the original Thee Midnighters single.

Do The Boomerang dot
R&B (Instrumental)

Jr. Walker's All-Stars did this sort of thing with a lot of fire. This is entirely too contrived.

Kitty's Theme dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Soft piano and female chorus ooze elevators before becoming a lightweight flute and drum thing. Kinda fun, but dismissible.

The Clapping Song dot
Discotheque (Instrumental)

Big fuzz and great drums, but no fire. It's devoid of melodic value, relying solely on shallow discotheque rhythms.

Soul Drum dotdotdot
Drum Solo (Instrumental)

Great stereo drums for the day, rhythmic beats, infectious drum drops from the big band era and Sandy Nelson's early hits. Nothing but drums here, and it's well developed enough to hold your interest for the whole three and a half minutes.