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North Of Malibu - Live At The Last Record Storedotdotdot
artworkThese are more or less the same songs and arrangements as their studio demo. While the sound is much lower quality and ambient, the spirit of the performance is higher.
Picks: Gunsmoke, Spanish Kiss, Shake-N-Stomp, Penetration, Apache, Surf Beat, Pipeline, Mr. Moto, Raw-Hide / Rumble, Jack The Ripper, Baja

Track by Track Review


Gunsmoke dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Peter Gunn" meets "Smoke on the Water." It's the Dick Dale merger of the two. Very Dick Dale like in pace and mood.

Spanish Kiss dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale's "Spanish Kiss" was a dramatic monster when it first saw the light of day on his Summer Surf LP. North Of Malibu play it electric and with less pomp, but it retains the art and science of the song. Very nice!

Shake-N-Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A straight treatment of Dick Dale's "Shake-N-Stomp," but with reverb and a little more flow. Powerful and reverent.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While less delicate than the original single, "Penetration" retains all of the intent and adds ample reverb wash.

Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Splashed out and more stompin' than the early versions, "Apache" is nonetheless a powerful and dramatic song. Excellent and simple arrangement.

Surf Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Stomp on demand! That's what "Surf Beat" always conjures. It's not covered very often these days, but it is the definition of early surf. North Of Malibu amp it up and really seem to enjoy it.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Who can argue with "Pipeline?" Easily one of the most recognizable and enduring of all surf instros, it lends itself to many variant styles and sounds very well. Here, it's traditionally done for the most part, and is a simple pleasure.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another signature song of the first wave, and written and recorded before Dick Dale so much as caused stir, "Mr. Moto" remains durable and enticing. With reverb and a bit of gentility, it takes on a different flavor.

Raw-Hide / Rumble dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Two of Link Wray's signature songs, reverbed and segued for fun. Big and well played, and it show fun abounding.

Jack The Ripper dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a completely different rhythm section, and only the lead melody in the neighborhood, "Jack The Ripper" takes on a whole new texture. It doesn't seem to be completely worked out yet, but shows flexibility and promise.

Baja dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another very durable surf epic is Lee Hazelwood's "Baja." With great reverence, North Of Malibu plays the song because they love it, and it shows. Great whammy dips.