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Nordic Surf - Live At The Viking Loungedotdotdot
artworkThe Twin Cities' Nordic Surf play reserved surf wit significant influence from The Ventures. This is a nice set of instrumentals recorded ambiently in a live club setting. The murky live sound detracts from the enjoyment somewhat. These are all covers, but they should be committed to tape anyway, at least as demos.
Picks: Diamond Head, Jack The Ripper, Baja, Cruel Sea, Red Top, State Fair

Track by Track Review


Diamond Head dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a highly reverent cover of The Ventures' "Diamond Head." It's well executed, and spot on.

Our Favorite Martian dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bobby Fuller and the Fanatics' "Our Favorite Martian" is played with honor and style. An occasional error just attests to the reality of live recording.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an appropriately gritty version of Link Wray and his Raymen's "Jack The Ripper." The menacing moodiness and angst of the song are very well replicated. Very nice!

Can You Dig It dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an accurate cover of Los Straitjackets' "Can You Dig It." It's well paced and a little less polished tonally.

Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood's classic "Baja" is arranged around The Astronauts' cover. This song is just always cool! Nordic Surf do it with reverence and feeling. Quite nice.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Covering The Ventures' cover of The Pyramids' "Penetration" with more surf flair. The gritty modulated guitar in the break is interesting.

Taco Wagon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The warm, infectious melody and backtrack of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Taco Wagon" is upheld with integrity. It's a bit less fluid, but quite enjoyable.

Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nordic Surf do a nice job with Jerry Lordan's "Apache." The baseline arrangement if from The Shadows' version. Tasteful and fluid. There are some very nice guitar lines here.

Walk Don't Run / Sleight Ride dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures are the influence here. This is very straight forward. "Walk Don't Run" is nicely done, just uninspired. "Sleight Ride" is more heartfelt, I think.

Cruel Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Dakotas' "Cruel Sea" is done using The Ventures' arrangement. Good playing and attention to detail. It's really not too far from Mike Maxfield' original either.

Red Top dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I'm not really sure who's version is being covered here, but Lionel Hampton and Ben Kynard's "Red Top" is done very nicely. The surf whammy adds charm to the jazz chords and rhythm section.

Secret Agent Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a tasteful cover of Phil Sloane's "Secret Agent Man." It's easy. fluid, and nicely phrased.

State Fair dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an infectious cover of Los Straitjackets' "State Fair." The surf rhythm is very cool.