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Rod and the Cobras - Drag race at Surf Citydotdot
artworkThis is one of those budget LP's born of a studio session that has the general sound of Bruce Johnston's arrangements, but doesn't really sound like his usual suspects at work. Mostly just mindless jams plus a few really sad Beach Boys / Jan and Dean style vocals with a pair of passable tracks. I have no idea about the players of the date.
Picks: Dragsville, Four On The Floor, Gear Down, Stripped Down - Souped Up, Deuce On The Loose, Beach Boy Stomp

Track by Track Review


Dragsville dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

More or less rock 'n' roll studio jam fare, with a surfable melody that's played on dry guitar. The melody line to "Dragsville" is reminiscent of film score versions of surf songs, even hinting of the Astronauts' main theme to "Ride The Wild Surf," though it's certainly not of that caliber.

Four On The Floor dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is none of the songs with this title you might hope for. Aside from the vibrato lead guitar, "Four On The Floor" is just a combo rock instro with organ and little spunk.

Gear Down dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

the bass opens and the rhythm guitar comes in with dry chop rhythms similar to the Bruce Johnston studio sessions. The song never gets beyond a jam.

Stripped Down - Souped Up dot
Rock (Instrumental)

On the hokey side, "Stripped Down - Souped Up" is a sax jam with a Bruce Johnston session sound. It's a long way from here to the real thing.

Deuce On The Loose dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

the catchy rhythm track is borrowed liberally from Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." This is actually the best track here, and while it's not surf, it sure could be surfed up by replacing the sax lead with low-E double picked guitar, and maybe even a ska beat. "Deuce On The Loose" is kinda cool.

Beach Boy Stomp dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is the sappiest, silliest rearrangement of Dick Dale's "Surf Beat" anywhere! Yet, there's something strangely likable about it. Despite it's sax domination and pale rhythm track, it's not bad.