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The Storms - Thunder c/w Tarantuladotdotdotdot
artworkThis is one of a handful of monster guitar singles that inspired the birth of surf. Al Casey's lead guitar has a rich tone that is unmatched in the era. The Storms were Jody Reynolds backing band. Reynolds was a superb artist in his own right.
Picks: Thunder, Tarantula

Track by Track Review


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Surf (Instrumental)

With the manic energy if a less than correctly wired board rider in storm surf, this track angrily disorients the listener with a defined reality filter. Intense and nervous. "Thunder" was one of the singles that inspired the first generation of surfbands, from Paul Johnson onward.

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Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is Jody Reynolds' band. Their most familiar instro is "Thunder," which is a pretty straight Duane Eddy-Al Casey styled number. "Tarantula" is much more moody, with that same low-E guitar grumble and a nasty sax in the break. Excellent presurf from 1959