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The Squires - The Sultan c/w Auroradotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the illusive single from Neil Young's first band. It's a pre-surf gem with all the right leanings to suggest the surf idiom. Both sides are cool! Thanks to Ferenc Dobronyi of Pollo Del Mar for passing this along.
Picks: The Sultan, Aurora

Track by Track Review


The Sultan dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is a great single. The sound is like a cross between the Shadows and surf, with cheesy gong bashing out middle eastern incense for the ears. The main part of the melody line is similar to the Torquays' "Escondido." Some high note picking completes the track. It's a splendid obscuro, with charm and real pre surf sensibilities.

Aurora dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Dark vibrato and some chamber reverb brings this pretty close to the surf envelope. Not as interesting as the A-side, but still a solid find. "Aurora" grows on you after a few listenings, with its merger of Jet Harris and Tony Meehan sounds with pre surf.