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The New Dimensions - Surf 'n Bongosdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the classic album from the New Dimensions, featuring the essential "Cat On A Hot Foam Board," "Failsafe," and "National Breakout."
Picks: Failsafe, Cat On A Hot Foam Board, Bongo Surf, Intoxica, Church Key, National Breakout, Avalanche, Vesuvius, Wild Wave, Aqua Limbo

Track by Track Review


Failsafe dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the great surf tunes, "Failsafe" is completely unique in its sound and composition. The piano plays a key role, and the double picked damped surf guitar is the rhythm. Great lead guitar tone, and the piano pumps perfectly throughout. Excellent!

Cat On A Hot Foam Board dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cat On A Hot Foam Board" is a track I've adored for 30 years. It's fiery, has a bitchin' melody, an incredible infectious tinkly piano, and pummels the drawers right off of your surf buns with its great staccato lead lines. Crank this one up big time! This song is worth the price all by itself! There are not enough stars...

Bongo Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The bongos go bonkers up against the guitar and piano in a cool and ominous song that brings lounge tikis and fifties beat generation movies to mind. Think luau. The chamber reverb on the bongos gives them an eerie warehouse coolness.

Intoxica dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Neal Nissensen's classic surf ode to inebriation is competently done. The twang and exotic bongos, along with the sax, provide a proper ambiance for pre-hangover partying. Well done, but not far from the original.

Church Key dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Revels' classic Central Coast beer party anthem "Church Key" is complete with openers and grunts of "that's very good" in lieu of "church key." Excellent version.

National Breakout dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"National Breakout" is just too cool for words! The piano lead with solid surf chops is one great driving experience. The piano is so infectious that you can't get it out of your mind. Simply a tuff and intense ride through rhythm country.

Avalanche dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of screams and shouts and fun. Not at all surfy, but full of R&B greaser party fire and gay abandon. Totally fun.

Vesuvius dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty straight version of this tune, sounding a lot like a raw version of the Sentinals. No magic, but definite period chunk, rhythmic and edgy. "Vesuvius" was also issued on the Surfing collection under the title "Surfin' Dance" credited to the Surf Boys.

Wild Wave dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a piano and sax duet over an R&B base. Rhythmically pumped, but too riffy. Lots of fire in the performance.

Aqua Limbo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A lot like the Dave Myers version, "Aqua Limbo" is saucy and luau ready. The piano is excellent, as is the exotic percussion and sax.