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Shig 33 and the Surf Rockers - ...Surf Side Of...dotdotdotdot
artworkShig 33 and the Surf Rockers is a solo project of Shigemi Komiyama, drummer in the Shi-tones and Shig and Buzz. This set of demos is very surfable. Some very interesting arranging, great playing, and rich sound. I can't wait for the "CD in the works."
Picks: Cruel Sea, Beyond, Squad Car, Yellow Bird, Surf Party

Track by Track Review

Cruel Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

British surf standard "Cruel Sea" (Dakotas) is richly arranged with lush guitar tone and great playing. Quite a good version.

Beyond dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chantays' "Beyond" opens with a tuff glissando and rolls right into the best cover of this overlooked album track. Very solid, reverby, and well played. The dribbling double picked second guitar and shining lead over solid bass and drums combine very effectively here.

Squad Car dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Eddie and the Showmen's "Squad Car" open sans the usual siren. Paul Johnson's rhythm guitar parts is replaced with spaced long chords, while the drums pound and the bass rumbles. The lead guitar chases Eddie Bertrand's fire quite nicely. The arrangement is a refreshing change.

Yellow Bird dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exotica standard "Yellow Bird" gets an island interpretation, like a soft lagoon classic. The whammy is delicate and very aquatic. Beautiful.

Surf Party dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Astronauts' "Surf Party" is slightly de-surfed, with precise, almost deliberate lead playing. Ringing tone and a completely different arrangement make is very personal. Quite effective.