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The Sandblasters - Jupiter Beachdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine compilation of tracks from the formative years of one of Austin's most unique instro bands. While all of the tracks on this disc are previously unreleased, some were circulated as demos in the early days. A splendid set of music, and well past due seeing the light of day! Thanks to Howard Raucous for putting this out.
Picks: Surf's You Right, Night In Tunisia, Weird Satellite, Vaquero, Pipeline B52, Stone Door, Lullaby Of The Leaves, Night Of The Vampire, Petrina, Mookiest Limbo, Ray Gun Smasher, Spys and Superguys, Water Gunn, Brutal Surfers, Naked Piranha

Track by Track Review


Surf's You Right dotdotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

Laika and the Cosmonauts' "Surf's You Right" with the Euro replaced by reverb, more beefy and more surf driven. Solid thumping glissando powered surf.

Night In Tunisia dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

Right down to the organ, this is the Laika and the Cosmonauts arrangement, except that the sound is much fatter, and the guitar is much louder/stronger. The power shift brings a different character to the tune than the Cosmonauts gave it. Quite nice.

Weird Satellite dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

"Weird Satellite" starts right off with a great big reverb kick, then settles into a fine melody and spacy feel. Ominous threats from the upper atmosphere, the kind of melody line Eddie Angel might write, and a thick intense delivery. This is a very powerful track with a Euro sense and a surf sense too. Infectious and fun.

Vaquero dotdotdotdot
Roots Surf (Instrumental)

George Tomsco's infectious "Vaquero" gets a reverent and twangy workout, with similar delicacy and more oomph than the original. Really fine and fun.

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Surf (Instrumental)

The Chantays classic, shredded with a cowpoke backtrack. This is such a great piece of writing, that itÕs hard to imagine going wrong. The lead guitar is mostly surfy, but one verse also employ post Cry Baby wah-wah. Edgy tones and that cactus needle drive make for a rodeo monster. The second half is at half speed. It is a spacy super warble progression, based on a variation from some version of "Peter Gunn" IÕve heard before, but canÕt place at the moment. This allows the track to stretch out without being boring. Great action.

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Hippy Garage Surf (Instrumental)

"Stone Door" is a medley of sixties and seventies classics by the Doors (Love Her Madly / Break On Through) and the Rolling Stones (Paint It Black / 19th Nervous Breakdown), surfed into oblivion in a short, fluid continuum of melodic pop surf. These songs date from a period when melody was still a component of garage punk and psycho pop. Rhythmic, infectious, and powerfully delivered. While itÕs easy to think of the Love Her Madly as a flower child pop-psych single, the other three seem to me to be much more garage punk anthems. This was originally titled "Hippy Trip." Great medley, great performance.

Lullaby Of The Leaves dotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Swimmingly whammied version of "Lullaby of the Leaves" with big surf reverb laden tone, and lots of energy. Powerful and enjoyable. Also called "Pink Flamingos" in its original release.

Night Of The Vampire dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

Greg Leport's eerie "Night Of The Vampire" is whirled and twirled with swirling modulation of the lead guitar as it orbits around a solid basic post rockabilly beat and bass. Very cool!

Petrina dotdotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

"Petrina" is a modified traditional tune, with a light and Euro-guitar instro arrangement. Its fluid guitar line is both haunting and romantic, while employing whammy and warmth. A fine song.

Mookiest Limbo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mookiest Limbo" is hardly a limbo... more a Link Wray-like sluggish in-your-street-gang number that moves into a swashbuckling scene before a low-E menacing melody rules, then back to the Link thing. This is a chunky rhythm dominated track, progressing from a riff through a full round field of solid heavy bass via a strong lead guitar line. ThereÕs a sense of seeing Osceola at Pepperland in front of the Megadeaths (Pink Floyd) before Kimberly came on... you had to be there. The fullness and body of the track just reminds me of Osceola, a band of big guys that had a very full, meaty sound, and never recorded (too bad). Cool track.

Ray Gun Smasher dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spanish flair and dramatic lurking danger are found within this eloquent track. It uses some familiar riffs, dramatic changes, stylized visions, and intellectual structures. A nice tune, assembled like something from an artier period. Very good listening.

Spys and Superguys dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Spys and Superguys" is a long splendid medley of espionage surf, from "James Bond Theme" through "Mission Impossible," with plenty of rich reverb tone and a delicate flow. Very cool!

Water Gunn dotdotdotdot
Water Hazard Surf (Instrumental)

"Water Gunn" is a very unusual tune, with it's cowboy rhythm and double picked bridge. When they play this live, guitarist Mark Stultz dons safety goggles to "keep dry," so to speak. It's funny to watch his perennial grin at the humor of this gag he's done a thousand times. Powerful track.

Brutal Surfers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Like the title says, pummelicious wave shredders, drowning gremmies, and shortboard cutbacks, plus some pretty cool psychedelic wah wah. Dramatic, powerful, and mean.

Naked Piranha dotdotdotdot
Latin Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

The track is tribal, rhythmic, Spanish flavored, exotic, mysterious, and full of changes. The sound of the band is urgent, fluid, powerful, and interesting. This song has power, big twang, drama, and a fine melody and structure. Big Spanish feel with lot's of guitar filigrees. I like it more each time I hear it. "Naked Piranha" is a very VERY dark track, with huge grode guitars issuing up low-E comin'-to-getcha chords. Cool!