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OuterWave - Rockin' Surf Live At Baja Cantinadotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine set of traditional surf, played with great reverence. It is a just a little less aurally distinct than the live Suzy's set, and the arrangements have a different energy. I sure would like to see this band.
Picks: Diamond Head, Body Surfin', Depth Charge, Malibu Run, Wrong Planet, Malaguena, Bullwinkle Part II, Yellow Jacket, Squad Car, Midnight Surfer, Exotic, Bulldog, Hammerhead, Surf Rider, Latin'ia

Track by Track Review

Diamond Head dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is another fine performance of Danny Hamilton's "Diamond Head." Exactly as it should be, the song oozes trad everything.

Body Surfin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Centurions' "Body Surfin'" is done with real reverence. I've long considered this one of their coolest tracks, and in a less gnarly, more reverby setting, it certainly does capitalize on the darkness of the main riff.

Depth Charge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

OuterWave delivers a very respectful performance of Jon and the Nightriders' "Depth Charge," complete with the stomp bridge. Chunky and fun, with warm whammy chords.

Malibu Run dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Randy Holden's ultra cool "Malibu Run" is done in a moderate impact format that sounds really good. The arrangement is spot-on from the original, and it just sends chills down my spine, due in part to my 45 year love affair with this song. Wonderful.

Wrong Planet dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Los Straitjackets' often covered "Wrong Planet" is surfed out with a traditional muted reverb pattern behind the lead that makes it sound like it belongs in 1963. This is a wonderful adaptation.

Malaguena dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based strongly in the raucous traditional version from the Trashmen, this is a bit toned down, with more focus on melody and flow than energy. Ernesto Lecuona's classic number is very surf... need I say more?

Bullwinkle Part II dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very moody version of "Bullwinkle Part II." Where the Centurions made it dangerous and angular, OuterWave makes it over into a sad surfer's lament at the edge of a haunted lagoon. Very pretty and emotional.

Yellow Jacket dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Yellow Jacket" is delivered with an interesting and traditional arrangement, and much more reverb than the Ventures' original.

Squad Car dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great drums and a hard rockin' performance of Eddie and the Showmen's "Squad Car" is simply satisfying. A big siren amps it up. Very traditional.

Midnight Surfer dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Terry Jacks's "Midnight Surfer" is all pumped up to great effect. The sparkle of the arrangement gives new life to the Jerry Cole arrangement. Nice to see such an obscure track covered. Adventurous and fun.

Exotic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based on the Bob Vaught and the Renegaids and the Dave Myers and the Surftones arrangements, Bruce Morgen's "Exotic" is rockin' in a very traditional mode. Great energy and style.

Bulldog dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fairly delicate take on the Fireballs' "Bulldog," with rich reverb and a more surfy sound than the original conceived.

Hammerhead dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine cover of the Halibuts' "Hammerhead" with all the ringing charm of the original. and really solid drums. Great energy and splash here.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a totally traditional take on "Surf Rider," with what sounds like one guitar string slightly out of tune. That aside, the performance is solid and very endearing.

Latin'ia dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Latin'ia" is based mostly on the Sentinals' original, but with a taste of other early arrangements too. This song is so lovely, and OuterWave really honors that beauty. The crowd really likes the break. Thoroughly cool.