Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Sandals - The Spirit Of Surfdotdotdot
artworkThis followup CD is just as solid as the the first, well produced, and well arranged. Original Sandals members John Blakeley (lead guitar, bass), Walter Georis (rhythm guitar) and Gaston Georis (keyboards, clavietta), and studio drummer Scott Matthews (drums).
Picks: Wingnut's Theme, Pleasure Point, August Rain, La Madre, Ooo-la-la, Wingnut's Theme - Slow Version, Summer Breeze, Sax On The Beach, Mundacca, Theme From 'The Endless Summer'

Track by Track Review

Wingnut's Theme dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like TR-6 from the last album, this rips with intense energy and impeccable melodic direction. perfect surf for a perfect day. The name comes from the character in the Endless Summer film. This is highly rhythmic, very powerful, and most tribal. A fantastic track.

Pleasure Point dotdotdot
Blues Surf (Instrumental)

named for the spot between Santa Cruz and Capitola, this is almost as mean as the surf there just below the cliffs. The tones are distorted blues sustained, and the melody is a slow and visual thing that flows like the wind up the cliff face from the sea. A gutsy and nice track.

August Rain dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gently ringing, like the drops from the clouds, this fluid track speaks of liquid warm skies and afternoon delights. Very romantic and pretty.

La Madre dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gradually rising from the sounds of the locale, this ambient and floating tune takes you out to sea on a raft, and sets you adrift as the warm sun streams through the mist.

Ooo-la-la dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dribbling notes, funky bass lines, drummer intensity, and edgy guitar, in a mostly jam like track. OK, but not memorable.

Wingnut's Theme - Slow Version dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Silky smooth variation, which shows the prowess of the writing. Most fast pounders can't be slowed down this much without falling apart. Slippery and soft.

Summer Breeze dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moody, moonlit, melting together kinda stuff. Pretty and fairly ambient.

Sax On The Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Secret affairs at the rocks, funky guitar licks, twin guitar almost metal sounds, and where's the sax? Bruce Unsworth plays it, but it's pretty far down in the mix, mostly for effect.

Mundacca dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Almost exotica, melodic Latin and afternoon antiquarian fluff. Would fit right in at J. C. Penney.

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

A nearly exact repro of the original. Nuff said.