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The Packards - Beach City Bopdotdotdotdot
artworkThis album was never issued on vinyl, and only a few copies were circulated on cassette. It's stunningly rich and out of sync with the herd of revivalists of the day (Spring 1982).
Picks: Beach City Bop, Wild Goose, Birdland, Vamonos, Rococo Rock, Don't Be Too Proud (To Be God's Child), Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord, Desert Madness (tango), Side Slippin', Scratchy, Kamikaze

Track by Track Review


Beach City Bop dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of Paul's more familiar modern compositions. It's warm and percussive, and full bodied in the way only he can write. The lead-rhythm interplay is splendid.

Wild Goose dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is without a doubt the most magnificent recording of this tune. It's tom-tom driven surfy as hell without much reverb, and very spirited. When Paul first played this for me back in '84, I was bowled over. Together with the version of "Baja" on his California album, this is as good as it gets.

Birdland dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul has been playing this west coast jazz piece for almost 40 years. The jazz influence on surf is often overlooked, yet many of the guitarists listened to the likes of Cal Tjader and Wes Montgomery right along with the Lively Ones and the Ventures. Spunky and cool.

Vamonos dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This tune is from the golden days of the Belairs, Paul's seminal surf band. Great infectious rhythm and playful riffs. "Vamonos" hurries with the urgency of its title, and the humor too. Excellent!

Rococo Rock dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a PJ original with a bouncy almost classical feel, and the lilt of a guitar exercise gone awry, where the grins abound and the wine flows. Very fun.

Don't Be Too Proud (To Be God's Child) dotdotdot
Christian Rock (Instrumental)

Highly rhythmic, infectious melody, and high spirits characterize this track. Paul's enthusiasm for this track is obvious in his performance, and in his writing as well. Very interesting and friendly, and most appealing.

Let Us Go Into the House of the Lord dotdotdot
Christian Rock (Instrumental)

Very chunky, infectious, and melodic. This track is magnetic, with many changes and drama, presented in an energetic and light hearted way. The addition of sax adds color to this number.

Desert Madness (tango) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is such a cool instro, with a tango beat and traditional tango sounding melody. Paul's playing is exquisite, and the rhythm very catchy. Fluid and celebrative.

Side Slippin' dotdotdotdot
Country Slide Surf (Instrumental)

"Side Slippin'" is a light bouncy bluesy n umber with a great slide guitar lead from Randy Mitchell. More country than surf, it also calls from the blue water. It reminds me of a few of the tracks on Chris Darrow and Max Buda's instro LP "Eye Of The Storm." Excellent track.

Scratchy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a playful cover of Travis Wammack's "Scratchy," made much more fluid by Paul's liquid guitar. Very cool and quite infectious.

Kamikaze dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An updated and spunky version of Paul's (Belairs) early work. It has all the youthful exuberance of the original with the honed skill of the modern day veteran player. Great track. Paul's classic from his days with the Belairs, played furiously and with Paul's modern tone. This tune is mighty direct, rhythmic, and infectious. It's power lies in part in it's adaptability, and in it's very human face.