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The Packards - South Bay Surf Band Reunion 1986dotdotdotdot
artworkTeisco Del Rey introduces Paul Johnson's eighties-nineties band the Packards. The lineup is Paul Johnson - guitar, Mark Burroughs - guitar, Ray Husky - drums, Guy Hufford - bass. The performance is extra crunchy and just as fluid as you'd expect.
Picks: Ramrod, Armour Of Light, Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord, Bedlam, Day Tripper, Pressing In, Don't Be Too Proud (To Be God's Child), Joyful Blues, Baja, Mr. Moto, Kamikaze, Gird Thy Sword On, Link Wray Medley [Rumble / Jack The Ripper / Rawhide]

Track by Track Review


Ramrod dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rippin' cover of the Al Casey tune that is often played by the riff rockers. It pounds, it shreds, it powers the show.

Armour Of Light dotdotdot
Christian Rock (Instrumental)

Paul's Christian Rock side is displayed in this melodic and dramatic piece. It's quite pretty, and well played.

Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord dotdotdot
Christian Rock (Instrumental)

Infectious and rhythmic, this is a smashing high energy tune with a splendid riff and plenty of drive.

Bedlam dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Classic Belairs material still works really well. Paul Johnson's playing is just plain superb. This was covered by the Challengers and others, and is very similar to "Beat '65 in some ways."

Day Tripper dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Beatles' tune with the big guitar intro becomes an infectious rocker. Excellent.

Pressing In dotdotdot
Christian Rock (Instrumental)

Slow and uplifting, spiffy and shiny. This is a tame song with delicate lines and a melodic sound. very well played and quite enjoyable.

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

Hot energy, high power, melodic, and splendidly played. This is an excellent performance.

Joyful Blues dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Like the title says, an up tempo, upbeat, celebrative track in a clearly blues vein. It doesn't fit into the surf thing at all.

Baja dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Packards arrangement of this classic Lee Hazelwood composition is stunning. The power driven bridges make it really stand out. Chunky, powerful, and high spirited.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the earliest surf classic. It was originally cut by the Belairs in May of 1961. Paul Johnson's Packards keep it alive, fresh, and vital. Ray Husky's drums make this extra hot.

Kamikaze dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an extra rhythmic power chunk version of the ancient Belairs tune, driven and superb. 'Nuff said!

Gird Thy Sword On dotdotdotdotdot
Progressive Christian Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the best of Paul Johnson's modern instros. It transcend any notion of genre. It surfs, it flows with progressive blood, and it rails against the darkness. Stunning performance and exceptional writing.

Link Wray Medley [Rumble / Jack The Ripper / Rawhide] dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson medleyed together several Link Wray classics, including Rumble, Rawhide, and Jack the Ripper.

Rumble (album version): This is quite pure, precisely delivered, and quite nice. It is not as powerful as Link's masterpiece, and more rhythm oriented. It also is sans the raw distortion the the Linkster gave it.

Jack the Ripper Now, this is more like it. Somewhere between what the Insect Surfers have done with this, and what Link intended, this is a screamer with intricate perfection in the lead guitar. Powerful. Rawhide: This is a fast paced, almost manic delivery, fulfilling the promise only hinted at by Link.