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Los Polaris - Demoledores!dotdotdot
artworkVirtually all covers, and very late (1966) for this kind of sound, but Mexico's Los Polaris play very honest instro rock. "Pipeline" is very well done, as are a number of others. This is all mono, not particularly crisp, but very consistently mixed. The drummer is the most interesting musician in the group, but all are very competent.
Picks: Tubo De Escape, Me Siento Bien, Salto Mortal, Algas Submarinas, Escondite, Bulldog, La Novena Ola

Track by Track Review


Tubo De Escape dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a surprisingly cool version of The Chantays' "Pipeline." On the gritty side, with tuff glissandos, and an interesting sound. The energy is high, the keys kinda cool, the drums solid, and the bass on the mark. For a non surfband, they pretty much nailed it, except for the lack of reverb.

Me Siento Bien dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very competent, and kind of punchy version of The Shadows' "Dance On" rocks. Less clean than The Challengers' cover, but spunkier. Quite nice, with fine drums and crisp delivery.

Salto Mortal dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Freddie King's "The Stumble" gets a blues-rock treatment that's a lot more combo rock than blues. The sound and arrangement do it justice, though you couldn't say it retains the sole of the original. Not at all gritty like the plethora of British Blues versions.

Algas Submarinas dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine cover of The Ventures' arrangement of Bernice Petiere and Joe Young's "Lullaby Of The Leaves." Solid drums, correct twang and whammy, and a genuine band sound.

Morgen dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting choice. Ivo Robic and The Songmasters' "Morgen" (1959) is certainly melodic enough for a guitar instro treatment. Cool chords and whammy, delivered at a modest pace.

Bomba De Tiempo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Here we have a straight cover of Johnny and the Hurricanes' "Time Bomb." While it's very honest, "Bomba De Tiempo" is not particularly interesting.

Escondite dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Freddy King's "Hideaway" has a very honest sound here. The arrangement may be very simple, but so was the original. This is more cool rock than blues. Quite fun!

Bulldog dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lot less subtle than The Fireballs' original. It seems rushed a bit, but uncomfortably so. Pleasurable, with a direct and honest delivery. Cool drum work.

La Novena Ola dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The drummer rocks on this cover of The Ventures' "The Ninth Wave." It's even less surfy than the original, but it does keep you going. A cool track for sure.

En La Movida dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"En La Movida" is a frantic, flailing number with raw sax and rolling drums. If not for the drummer, this would be completely dismissible.