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The Original Surfaris - Wheels (Shorts - Hot Rods)dotdot
artworkThis is one of those albums that is quite rare and should remain that way. Much of it is poorly recorded, and most bares little resemblance to the more familiar Original Surfaris tracks. There are a few really bright spots, and some not so bright.
Picks: Delano Soul Beat, Gear Down Boogie, Dirt Track Baby, Speed Jocking, Wheel Soul, Shutdown Daddy, Spinout, Floorboarding

Track by Track Review


Delano Soul Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Central Coast soul sound is stronger than the East LA sound that usually dominates versions of this tune. This is not just soulful, but also surfy and large. A fine version.

Gear Down Boogie dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one lame and utterly disappointing track. I had expectations of greatness from the earlier releases I had gotten as a kid. This is among the low points on the album. It's no more than a fifties boogie, fun, but no surf, and certainly nothing unusual or powerful. Probably a fun track live, but it sure doesn't come across on disc. A sax and guitar duet, limited to a progression jam.

Dirt Track Baby dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a Help Me Rhonda feel in the backtrack, and a melody free jam lead, this is unremarkable, and unmemorable.

Speed Jocking dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An R&B based progression, muddy sound, and uninspired playing. Nothing like their former selves.

Wheel Soul dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A boogie in the dark kinda track, rhythm oriented, and uninspired. It fades from memory faster than a bad cold.

Shutdown Daddy dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More Jimmy Reed blues based jam session nothingness. It's slow and uninspired. The sax is nice, but otherwise, it's just there.

Spinout dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Boogie in the woods, tinkling piano, fifties sock hop sax, nothing to write home about. Like a frat band looking for a party.

Floorboarding dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jammin' progression fun, and nothing else. A frat band jump with no direction.