Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Sandals - The Endless Summerdotdotdot
artworkThis is not the original soundtrack, but it is the same guitarists and the same songs. Original Sandals members John Blakeley (lead guitar), Walter Georis (rhythm guitar) and Gaston Georis (keyboards, clavietta) have conspired with Scott Matthews (drums) and Allen Whitman (Mermen - bass) to reproduce the original intent, updated with modern production techniques. This is a fine CD, and it would be nice if there were a real band behind it. This is a good CD, well worth your attention.
Picks: Theme From 'The Endless Summer', Driftin', Scrambler, Wild As The Sea, Outer Wave, Decoy, TR-6, Jet Black, Out Front, 6-Pak, Route 1, Lonely Road, The Endless Summer Composite

Track by Track Review


Theme From 'The Endless Summer' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A nearly exact repro of the original. Nuff said.

Driftin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Hank Marvin tune is chunked and thumped like the Shadows never did it. Rhythmic and energetic, and stylistically Sandals.

Scrambler dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Infectiously rhythmic tune, well delivered, surfingly arranged, and thumpy. The melody is a minor progression into the sunset, while the drum's tribal beat shout of a rutty dirt road down to the coastline across uncharted territory. Nice track.

Wild As The Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and familiar tune, with a wistfully breezy lilt to it, and an almost siesta imagery. It's not fast, but rather a romantic mid tempo number. Nice listening.

Outer Wave dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is almost the same progression as a Halibuts' tune (the name of which escapes me at the moment), but a little more funky. The break is entirely different, but otherwise it is the same. Who was first?

Decoy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This tune starts with cool chords, and drops right into a very hooky and simple melody line. It is playful, but still intense enough. Dramatic without being pompous. The pumping piano is just right. Fine track.

TR-6 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is thee surf monster here, thumpy, pumped, dynamic, whammy dipped, and intense. Major energy spews from every corner. A picker's dream, it flows with a rolling swell, employing double picked rhythmic guitar chops and ringing chords. Even the drum break is interesting. What a big surf rage this is!

Jet Black dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Plunky, salsa and chips, watery twang, and tequila worms seem to float through this Jet Harris tune, with it's quirky tango beat, and occasional injections of "jet black." Very fun track.

Out Front dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast paced, ringing chords, and an unchanging progression. Energetic, but note very interesting.

6-Pak dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rhythmically interesting track, with a soothing melody line, and a relaxed delivery. The damped rhythm guitar is just right, while the lead rolls forth with subtle energy. melodic and pleasing.

Route 1 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thundering bass and drums and rhythm guitar sync together, while a dull lead guitar tone guides the way. Mostly rhythm dominated, almost melody free. The rhythm's draw is just enough to carry the day.

Lonely Road dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exotic percussion, a Latin rhythm, and a gentle wispy melody played on a dry and plaintiff guitar. Pretty, but not dominating. A good backdrop to the floatier side of the evening. References to the Endless Summer theme are many, with the melody being shared in spots.

The Endless Summer Composite dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a merger of the original and the new, of the intent and the interpretation. Like an overture, it combines melody elements from several themes from the film. Pleasant listening.