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The Pyramids - Penetrationdotdotdot
artworkLondon Records issued this album nationally. They made some track changes, including the addition of "Road Runnah" and "Out Of Limits," which were actually by the Road Runners (c/w "Quasimodo") and the Mar-Ketts respectively.
Picks: Penetration, Road Runnah, Pyramid Stomp, Sticks And Skins, Paul, Out Of Limits, Pyramid Stomp

Track by Track Review


Penetration dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of a handful of nationally successful surf single, this track has been covered more than "Miserlou," and in more varieties of rock styles. If you don't own this track, you have entered the surf idiom yet. This is one of the essential classics. The production is unusual and masterful, and the melody is simple and enduring. It spawned hundreds of covers, and is still quite infectious.

Road Runnah dotdotdotdot
Hot Rod Surf (Instrumental)

The single A-side (B-side was "Quasimoto"), this track ended up on the London Records release of the Pyramids' album. It does not appear on the original Best Records release, and bears no similarity in playing or style to the Pyramids. OK, so that's not a slam, just a clarification. This track rules! It's hot, "Pipeline" like, and fiery. It may be a bit obscure, but it's a great track!

Pyramid Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The obligatory self-named theme... most bands had one then... "Dick Dale Stomp," "Surfaris Stomp," etc. A much more rough and tumble track than "Penetration." Cool!

Sticks And Skins dotdotdot
Drum Solo Surf (Instrumental)

As the sixties wound down, the self indulgent drum solo died too. In the early sixties, it was still in it's heyday, with the Surfaris, Adrian & the Sunsets, Dick Dale, Sandy Nelson, and others providing examples. The massive guitar chord opener is quite powerful, and the drumming is imaginative.

Paul dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul who? The track is a solid surf instro, though mostly jam inspired.

Out Of Limits dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the hit. It sports the great guitar work of Tommy Tedesco. It's infectious little riff was heard everywhere in the hey day of surf. It's quite a rock standard. This track blends surf with Joe Saraceno's orchestral thinking, guitars, French horns, and bells. Unlike almost all of the Marketts' tracks, this features the lead guitar as the lead instrument, and approximates real surf music. It is a studio session, with Tommy Tedesco on lead, but it rips right nicely. A classic surf hit.

Pyramid Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The obligatory self-named theme... most bands had one then... "Dick Dale Stomp," "Surfaris Stomp," etc. A much more rough and tumble track than "Penetration." Cool!