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The New Dimensions - Deuces and Eightsdotdotdot
artworkThis is album number one from the New Dimensions. Not as well developed or surf oriented as their second album, yet sporting 4 tracks not on the Sundazed Best Of release.
Picks: Chicky Run, Latin'ia, Soulout, Bongo Shutdown, Junker, Deuces and Eights, Tie Down, Totaled, Blacktop, Rumblebee

Track by Track Review


Chicky Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A mighty infectious hot rod song with a "Thunder Road" mentality with nice lead work. Grumbly and mean, with an infectious bounce and almost ska rhythm. Not surf as you might expect it, but charging open road adventure music. Fun.

Latin'ia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Latin'ia" has been covered many times. This is similar to the Centurions, but much more fluid. Grodie and powerful, it's an angular and loud bow to the Sentinals. Thumpy and very cool.

Soulout dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sax grumbles the introduction, and the piano carries the riff. This is a grodie R&B groover with surf jam guitar. Nothing special.

Bongo Shutdown dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a cool surf reverbed Preston Epps like track, with some similarities to their "Surfin' Dance." Big twang and dribbling surf, and excellent exotica percussion and piano. Not at all melodic, yet this is prime material for your next luau.

Junker dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Junker" is a saucy Pachuko Soul groover with a mean edge. Easily sits along side "Delano Soul Beat" or many an east LA souler.

Deuces and Eights dotdotdot
Organ Surf (Instrumental)

This is a riff rocker. The melody line is delivered by the organ with the sax honkin' accompaniment. It's miles from the surf aurally, but is structured like a classic surf single. Though it's more rock sounding, it's a very infectious rocker with a sparkle and gruff edge.

Tie Down dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a kinda Link Wray edge, and a Las Vegas riff, "Tie Down" honks and mumbles, groaning about the long nights in sweaty bars. Groovy.

Totaled dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based on Dick Dale's "50 Miles To Go," "Totaled" doesn't develop beyond an R&B backtrack. The drum break is pounding cool.

Blacktop dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Piano lead over an ominous low-E progression. While it rumbles and grumbles and parties hard, it's nothing special.

Rumblebee dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' arrangement of "Bumble Bee" is well played with flair and interesting drums. The reverb brings it into the surf, and the piano adds fire. very fun!