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Spruiker - Music For Toe-Tappin' Freaksdotdotdotdot
artworkAustralia's Spruiker have included 4 instros in this fine CD, released in 2000. The vocals are interesting and entertaining, and the instros quite solid.
Picks: Spruiker, Surfsucker, Aloha Boris Yeltsin, Rainy Day

Track by Track Review


Spruiker dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rich twangster with warm chords and a heavy atmosphere. In the tradition of Eddie Angel and the Cadillac Angels, but more rock than the latter. Some great guitar wizardry, tuff thick sound, and an ominous edge.

Surfsucker dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big thick dangerous riff surf with heavy handed punch. "Surfsucker" is a vacuum destined to cleanup on wave 9. In a minor way, it's reminiscent of "Shakin' All Over," but mostly in the structural intensity of it.

Aloha Boris Yeltsin dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Light weight and very attractive surf with a sparkling melody line and great drums. Big and adventurous, with a strong sense of the sea. It's pretty funny that an Oz band would name a surf instro after Boris Yeltsin before a Russian band did.

Rainy Day dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Perhaps a little like a Sandals song, "Rainy Day" is very pretty, sparkling with a slightly sad coastal sound. The keys support the guitar with a suitably subdued swirl. This is a very nice track!