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The Supertubes - Wham! Experiencedotdotdot
artworkFinland's The Supertubes play fairly high energy instrumental rock'n'roll with occasional surf flurries. The album is nicely mixed, and there are some really nice tracks here.
Picks: Journey To The Stars, For The Sake Of Three Dollars, Under The Hood, Wham, El Zalamar, Crystal T, El Charro, Rat Pfink Theme, New Orleans

Track by Track Review


Journey To The Stars dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a big production of The Ventures' "Journey To The Stars" with twang dominating the soundscape. The sound is rock instro with stinging whammy and lots of spunk. Double picking comes along after the break for a surf connection.

For The Sake Of Three Dollars dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Echoed guitar plays a sad melody line with a spatial drift. "For The Sake Of Three Dollars" is pleasant, and the drums are really nice. Some stereo whammy swirl adds a touch of psychedelics to the mix.

Strong Current dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Swimming whammy and echo drive this riff rocker. "Strong Current" ports great drums and a basic rock'n'roll progression.

Under The Hood dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Under The Hood" is a splendid instrumental with sparkling whammy and a spy bass rhythm. The echoed lead guitar, especially when muted, seems to sparkle. The energy and chemistry are very good, and the arrangement will bring you back. This is a really cool track!

Half Moon Bay dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Half Moon Bay" is a slow dance kind of instro with a touch of island imagery. Sunset on the bay is in focus as the long guitar notes float.

Wham dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lonnie Mack's "Wham" is done very differently, with none of his thick tone. This is straight rock'n'roll instrumental fun. Very infectious.

El Zalamar dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A cool melody riff cycles through "El Zalamar" via long echo guitar. Twang is the thang as The Supertubes splash their way along. Spunky and raucous.

Crystal T dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Gil Orr's splendid "Crystal T" is nicely converted to rock instro, and it retains some double picking with murky non-Fender reverb. Glissandos also run here and there, and the muted lines are perhaps the coolest part. Pretty fun.

Yeh Yeh dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Yeh Yeh" is all echo guitar with a deliberate beat and sort of Nashville sound. While very nicely done, it didn't really do anything for me.

El Charro dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

The galloping rhythm and beat of "El Charro," along with it's echoed guitar lines, give this its spaghetti ethic and catchy sound. It's also somewhat orchestral, which I think lessens the impact of the song.

Rat Pfink Theme dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Bitch Boys' "Rat Pfink Theme" is interesting. The Supertubes attempt to capture the original's tone, and since both bands rely heavily on echoed guitar, it's a natural. Lots of infectious energy here, along with really good aural qualities.

New Orleans dotdotdot
Zydeco (Instrumental)

A bit of zydeco and winds blowing are the basis of this pleasant instro. Fiddle, acoustic guitar, accordion, bass, and delicate drums. It's quite a departure from the rest of the album, and very nicely done.