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The Rhythm Kings - Surf Partydotdotdot
artworkFour selected tracks from the live Surf Battle LP on GNP Crescendo. Delano's Rhythm Kings were very cool, and these tacks show them off well.
Picks: The Soul, Pachuko Soul

Track by Track Review


Twist and Shout dotdotdot
R&B (Vocal)

The Rhythm Kings pay homage to the Isley Brothers with falsetto and all. Entirely cool and rockin'! It's one of just a couple of vocals on this album.

The Soul dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Soul" is the namesake song of the dance that goes with the surf 'n' soul / Pachuko Soul genre. This is much less melodic than most of the Rhythm Kings' originals, but still garners a grin or two.

Pachuko Soul dotdotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

The Rhythm Kings released this under the name the Soul Kings. "Pachuko Soul" was a cross between the East LA Sound, West Coast Jazz, Surf, Latin, and Mariachi. This song gave the genre its name. It's like a partied inversion of a "Watermelon Man" party theme. Great frat house anthem.

Hard Times dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

The blues standard "Hard Times" is soulfully saxed up but the Rhythm Kings as if it was their own. Very gutsy and cool.