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The Sidemen - Unreleased Tracksdotdotdotdot
artworkGermany's The Sidemen play some very good instrumentals. With only two exceptions, these are originals with a lot of careful arranging and excellent sound. While they are on the dry side, they also clearly portray the surf. Great stuff!
Picks: Walk Don't Run, Jambo, Gibraleon, Sledge Hammer, Astoria, Havanna, Cannon Beach, Kingston-A-GoGo, Soho

Track by Track Review


Walk Don't Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is quite interesting. The arrangement combines the Ventures' 1960 and 1964 arrangements very effectively. Dry tone, exceptional playing, and simple listening pleasure. great drums, solid bass, and very good guitar work.

Jambo dotdotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

This is a rockabilly instro with pumping bass and driving drums. Edgy and infectious, with just a hint of "Batman" in the bridge. Big energy and stompin' fun.

Gibraleon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Gibraleon" is an uplifting surf instro with a dry edgy sound that works really well with the bass and drums. It brought me back for repeated listenings. Lots of "borrowed" influences from classic surf instros add a sense of period reverence. Slightly dissonant, "Gibraleon" is also adventurous. It portrays a kind of island scene where things are not what they seem. Danger lurks, but is obscured by the kind of swimming chords that the Deep End used in "The Sheik Of Hips." Very cool! Way cool!

Sledge Hammer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Danny Elfman's theme from the 1986 TV show Sledge Hammer is solid fodder for rock instro conversion. The energetic rhythm track and spy-like double lead melody, coupled with double picked lead guitar lines, make this track shine.

Astoria dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The tribal drums and bass writhe under a moody melody line in a very infectious way. "Astoria" is a splendid track with great imagery and wonderful tone. It's the kind of track that makes you move, and fits perfectly with a topdown drive on a coastal highway on an early morning surf patrol. Wonderful!

Havanna dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Havanna" is slow and sad, with a haunted organ and great drums. The sound sets up an emotional rhythm and sense of a better day tomorrow. Quite pretty.

Cannon Beach dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More of a rock instro than surf, yet with very surfable tone, "Cannon Beach" is a happy song with a sunny disposition. It undulates and rolls and invites you down the to the beach below the cliffs where the tubes run a constant left hook. This is not the Surf Trio song.

Kingston-A-GoGo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A wonderful near-ska rhythm and mysterious melody combine to create a carefree sense of sun and sand and sparkling water. "Kingston-A-GoGo" is an easy and bouncing number that delivers a grin.

Soho dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Soho" is rich and heavy, with an arrangement that is well developed and perfect for the melody. Edge, twang, whammy, and more. It's thick and powerful in a post Link Wray kind of way.