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The Smithereens - Live At The Roxydotdotdotdot
artworkAny fan of the Smithereens would kill for this album. Any surf aficionado would drool for it. In 1986, the "Surfin'" Smithereens recorded this disc for a Special Forces Radio Concert. It was recorded live at the Roxy in LA. The album shreds top to bottom, and sports three great surf instros. The other surf track they used to do was a medley of "Wipe Out" and "Bat Man" they called "Wipe Man," which thrilled San Jose's Shockwaves to no end, since they did it almost identically under the title "Batwipe."
Picks: Mr. Eliminator, Stoked, Hang Ten High

Track by Track Review


Mr. Eliminator dotdotdotdotdot
Link Wray Big Guitar (Instrumental)

This is about as close as Link Wray comes to surf, damped and reverbed second guitar, and his big chord vibrato shimmer lead with piercing whammy accents. This is haunting and rhythmic, and unlike any other Link Wray tune. Gorgeous and powerful.

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Link Wray Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Egads! Link's slowest meanest nastiest tone, his darkest mood, his most patient timing, and his most dangerous attack - they are all here. It's a long tortured session that leaves you drained. It's Link Wray! Nuff said!

Hang Ten High dotdotdotdot
Link Wray Big Guitar (Instrumental)

Yup, this is back alley vibrato mean, yet magnetically beautiful. It's a basic Link Wray kinda thing, with lots of shimmer, evil edginess, and piercing high note break lines. Intense.