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The Supertones - The Big Wet Twang - Rarities Series - Volume 3dotdotdot
artworkThe fourth in the unreleased Supertones vault purge series... this is in many ways an unreleased Shadows tribute. A few of the tracks have marginal to dreadful sound, but as outtake issues go, this is actually a pretty good CD.
Picks: Pugsakuk, 1,000 Foot Road, Wingnut, Wonderful Land, Diamond Head, Victory At Sea, I Surf In Black, Holiday Inn Spain, El Rollo, Got Me A Hankerin' Marvin

Track by Track Review


Pugsakuk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a nice little number, with a sad feel, and an almost dangerous edge brought forth by the rhythm riff. "Pugsakuk" is a groovy little twangster.

1,000 Foot Road dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Without the hot rod peeling out, "1000 Foot Road" becomes much more interesting. The band launches into a rhythmic number that relies on a cool riff and really nice guitar picking.

Wingnut dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent super high damped picking accents this solid rendering. Very pleasing track, with tasty glissandoes and an open road rhythm.

Wonderful Land dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the most highly cherished of the Shadows tunes, perhaps due to it's haunting melody. This is a fine clean cover, right true to the intent with a bit of the old springs...

Diamond Head dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More WNYU yuk sound burying a solid performance of this Ventures classic.

Victory At Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and slightly sludgy track, a little like the Sandals in a bad mood. It's not o cover of the amazing TV series theme from Robert Russell Bennett and the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra (Richard Rogers).

I Surf In Black dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This delicately picked tune is very cool, with a sad drift and deliberate beat. Rhythmic and soft, with an enticing lilt.

Holiday Inn Spain dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another off-air take that's all distorted. Too bad, because this Raybeats tune is well done and nicely arranged.

El Rollo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Rollo" is a slow and semi military tune with a sad sounding melody line dripping South of the border vacation surf.

Got Me A Hankerin' Marvin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dedicated to Hank Marvin, this is a slow and silky number with a soft sound. Pleasant, but not remarkable.