Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA The Sprague Brothers - Best of the EssBee CD's, Volume I
|Five superb instros amid amiable and fun country. All but one of the instros is surf, the other being a hard not to like country romp. Very cool tracks!|
Picks: Penetration, Surefire, Green Arrow, Praying Mantis, Sunset In Tokyo
Track by Track Review
This is a solid version of The Pyramids' "Penetration." Rhythmic, reverbed, well paced, and very reverent. Great guitars, bass and drums all around.
"Surefire" is one happy country romp. with multiple guitar parts, and fiddle to boot. You can't hardly muster a disgruntled brow while diggin' this. Jaws harp, great country twang, and an infectious bouncing rhythm!
Rich surf rhythms and great drums, along with a superb melody and tone. "Green Arrow" is a bit spy, but mostly it surfs! Occasional Theremin and a long intro, but other than that, this song is pure surf joy.
This track is a bit distant, with some chunk and some splash. The song is nicely written, but is not well served by the murky mix. Superb playing all around.
Slow with lovely island chords, "Sunset In Tokyo" is just plain groovy! Its soulful melody and lovely tone simply shine. It's haunting in a sunset after a rain kind of way, with that sad optimism that only surf can muster.