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The Supertones - Cinema Surfdotdotdot
artworkThe new CD from the Supertones is a concept album of themes and hits of bygone eras. All covers, some very cool, some so-so. I particularly like "My Green Tambourine" and "The Last Walk."
Picks: Atlantis, The Magnificent Seven, Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, The Ballad Of Paladin, Our Man Flint, Windy, Never On Sunday, The Munsters Theme, My Green Tambourine, Music To Watch Girls By, Paint It Black, And I Love Her, Georgie Girl, Star Trek Theme, Wonderful Land, The Last Walk

Track by Track Review

Atlantis dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

As gentle as the original, refined and delightfully plucky. This is among my favorite Shadows tunes, and I think I like this version just fine.

The Magnificent Seven dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A horn launches the track, which is soft and fluid, like a cleansed version of Al Caiola's hit.

Slaughter On Tenth Avenue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fuzz and softness merge in this relatively straight Ventures cover. It's competent and rearranged just enough not to be a straight cover, but it's also too close to be a new arrangement.

The Ballad Of Paladin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the theme from Have Gun Will Travel is nicely transmuted into a country-surf idiom. Some simple yet very nice arrangement elements add to the sound. Jaws harp and twang.

Our Man Flint dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

I've never liked this song, but the arrangement here, which is a cross between the Challengers and the Ventures, somewhat compensates for my disdain for the song. So, not bad, fellas.

Windy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Association's "Windy" is an interesting choice for an instro. melodic and playful, and pretty surfable.

Never On Sunday dotdotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

Way better than Dick Dale's version, but still way beyond the pail. More or less MOR.

The Munsters Theme dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of a bazillion surf version of the theme to the TV show. Pleasant and fairly light weight, and unremarkable.

My Green Tambourine dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the gems of pop-psych, and it's well adapted to instrumental form by the Supertones. The best thing here by far, and the most imaginative, "My Green Tambourine" is melodic and playful without being gimmicky, and has chemistry too. Nice track.

Music To Watch Girls By dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pretty close in concept to the original, "Music To Watch Girls By" is pretty and quirky, but unmemorable.

Paint It Black dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Rolling Stones' hard-edged and gloomy "Paint It Black" has been surfed up and/or instrumentalized several times before. The Mermen and King of Hawaii do the best versions, but this is a very good track too. Vibrato shimmer and rich textures, and quite a bit of moodiness.

And I Love Her dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"And I Love Her" is softly done with a fluid sound and arrangement. Some nice arrangement elements keep it from being too passive. Nice track.

Georgie Girl dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a light weight arrangement of a bouncy song from an early chick-flick. The Seekers' original was high spirited and thickly produced. The Supertones' recording is softer and more fluid.

Star Trek Theme dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

To go where no surfband has gone before... The long intro is a bit tedious, and the exotica percussion waged against the distant guitar doesn't really work for me. Just unusual.

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...

The Last Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very pretty surf version of Richard Podolor's tune he cut with the Super Stocks. Rich surf tone and big boomy distant bass give it a mysterious sound. An excellent arrangement.