Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Supertones - Are Go!!!dotdotdot
artworkMost of the tracks here have appeared on one or more of the earlier CD-R vault purges. This time out, the mixes are better, giving the performances a much more flattering sound. Most are covers, many just different enough to make the cut. The originals are quite good.
Picks: Telstar, Avanti, Lullaby Of The Leaves, Surf Rider, Hot Line, Rawhide, Diamonds, Hawaii Five-0, Last Ride, Rumble, Freefall, Wingnut, 1,000 Foot Road, Oceanside, Harbor Patrol, Penetration, K-39, Sand Pumper, Bulldog, Channel Nine, Torque Wrench, Mr. Moto, Runaway, Out Of Limits, Surfista, Walk, Don't Run, No Matter What Shape, Bumble Bee Twist

Track by Track Review


Telstar dotdot
Space (Instrumental)

The effects are cool, but the arrangement's organ lead just lacks the power and grodiness of the Tornados' original.

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, in a cool sorta way. The glissandoes are great, and the trad feel updated just enough. Excellent drums and rhythm.

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.

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.

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...

Rawhide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's classic opens with "how 'bout I kick your fat ass... "Rawhide!" The piano is a nice touch, giving this surf grunge treatment a vintage sound despite the fuzz bass. Nice track.

Diamonds dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Version three of Jet Harris and Tony Meehan' song from the Supertones is different yet again. Rhythmic and more moderately rocked, this almost Ventures arrangement is friendly and lighter weight than previous attempts.

Hawaii Five-0 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The TV theme brought to the masses on radio by the Ventures is loosened up a bit by the Supertones. The percussion makes it all work.

Last Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Their best original, almost. 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.

Rumble dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Just plain grodie... lo-fi sound and a little too fast pace...

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.

Wingnut dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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

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.

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.

Harbor Patrol dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very restrained tune with a nice structure and great sound. The buoy samples are cool. The melody riff is interesting, and the tone very appropriate for the theme. Quite surfy.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Pyramids' hit, well played in an eighties LA surf band light, with lots of energy but not much freshness. The arrangement is essentially the Ventures', though it's much warmer and sports tasty whammy.

K-39 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Challengers' excellent single revamped slightly with crunchy drums and solid playing. Less energy than the original, but nicely phrased and quite enjoyable.

Sand Pumper dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tasty rhythms and a friendly riff together in a solid original. The riff is varied by climbing ever higher up the neck and onto the low-E. Fast and very fun.

Bulldog dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fireballs surfed up and slightly energized. Sorta like the Ventures cover it I think. Nothing special.

Channel Nine dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

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

Torque Wrench dotdotdot
Ventures Surf (Instrumental)

Bits of "Competition Coupe" and a Ventures-ish dryer sound. Great drums, and a solid effort in a nineties surf vein.

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Belairs' classic played well, with more drum energy than guitar spiff. It's solid, but not remarkable.

Runaway dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A more rock-surf rendering of "Runaway" than the Chantays or other typically trad treatments.

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A moderate cover of the Mar-Ketts' classic hit.

Surfista dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great Spanish bull fight chords and a racing melody riff with warm open road leanings... nicely structured and a tip of the hat to the Super Stocks style. Nice track.

Walk, Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures arrangement of the Johnny Smith track, all grunged our with reverb and fuzz bass.

No Matter What Shape dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The T-Bones' TV ad hit in a muddy format with OK arranging.

Bumble Bee Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

More Ventures worship here. Competent, but not particularly interesting, though the bridge chords are pretty darn cool.