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The Supertones - The Wet Setdotdotdot
artworkThe Supertones are living up to their names. This is one beautiful CD. The playing is gentle, precise, emotionally pure, and the sound of the CD is quite nice. They've moved away from a Ventures-centrist sound towards a more pleasing Richie Podolor sound, and their originals are coming up a notch too.
Picks: The Wet Set, Oceanside, Hot Line, Channel Nine, Turista, Dr. Yes, Surf Rider, Harbor Patrol, Avanti, Flamingo Stomp, Lullaby Of The Leaves, Freefall, Last Ride, Hawaii Five-0

Track by Track Review

The Wet Set dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nicely played and recorded, gentle, and somewhere between Richie Podolor and the Ventures. "The Wet Set" sports a circular riff a la Rake and the Surftones.

Oceanside dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Speaking of Podolor, he played lead guitar on the Super Stocks original version of this Gary Usher tune. Very smooth and less energetic than the Super Stocks.

Hot Line dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hot Line" is a fine original, with cool glissandoes and an interesting melody riff. The drums are very fine, and the really high wet runs are great... no, that's not diarrhea from drugs...

Channel Nine dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A gentle cover of one of the Challengers' best originals, also known as "Hop Scotch." Very nice gentlemen.

Turista dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A Spanish Tango drags you into a gentle raver. Rhythmic and infectious, "Turista" plays with Spanish themes and rides on the waves of locals only.

Dr. Yes dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dr. Yes" is very pretty song with a gentle melody that sticks to you. Enjoyable and soothing.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little too fast to capture the point of the original or the Lively Ones' classic cut, yet with excellent drums and a groovy batch of whammy, it makes the grade. The raspy low down sax is a nice touch. Quite cool.

Harbor Patrol dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Harbor Patrol" is a restrained tune with a fluid structure. The melody riff is interesting, and the tone very appropriate for the theme. The melody riff is interesting, and the tone very appropriate for the theme. Quite surfy.

Avanti dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well, not that I'm gonna let the fact that this track is named after my favorite automobile ever made influence my review, but... The lead/rhythm counter melodies are really nice to hear in surf. It has a great feel to it. I like it a lot... and the car too! This fine melody is warm and inviting, the glissandoes are great, and the trad feel updated just enough. Excellent drums and rhythm.

Flamingo Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An almost mono mix hides the interplay between the guitars. It's a nice track, but not outstanding.

Lullaby Of The Leaves dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' arrangement of this venerable classic, while competent and enjoyable, breaks no new ground, and has nothing that really makes it theirs.

Freefall dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A quiet and different arrangement of Richie Podolor's wonderful melody. The acoustic rhythm guitar is a nice touch, and carries this right along. Sad and moody, and a little exotic, "Freefall" is a pleasant respite from the angry sea.

Last Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Last Ride" is their best original I think. More energy than most of their other tracks. An infectious riff and rhythmic backtrack, pushed out with a real surf sound and a great walking bass line. Nice track for sure.

Hawaii Five-0 dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hawaii Five-0" has been done and done and done... The arrangement seems out of sync with the song... giant drums and all too quiet guitars.