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The Surf Coasters - Surf Panic '95dotdotdotdot
artworkMan-oh-man! This sounds like the earliest of the Surf Coasters 4 CD's, all issued in '95. The performances are more raw and intense, and they play like there is no tomorrow! Until these guys appeared on the scene,Japanese surf bands were primarily either Ventures clones like Eddie and the Surfbeats, or lo-fi garage bands like Jackie and the Cedrics. This band is a lone on the Japanese front, and are indispensable to any surf instro collection. A great CD!
Picks: Into The Surf Space, Cut Back, The Clash, Ultra Q's Theme, Dolphins, Mr. Moto, Beach Monster, Bikemen!, Misirlou, Cartridge Wave

Track by Track Review


Into The Surf Space dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bit of electronic wave action fluff opens the CD.

Cut Back dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cut Back" is a high energy tune typical of their style, intense, melodic, chunky.

The Clash dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Clash" is very heavily Dick Dale inspired, and the guitar tones are very close to his, like the tones achieved by the reformed Chantays on "Killer Dana" - perfect surf sound.

Ultra Q's Theme dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ultra Q's Theme" is cool and moody. A new variation for the band, it is slightly reminiscent of Laika and the Cosmonauts.

Dolphins dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dolphins" is just plain wonderful. Surfy, melodic, pristine, precise, reverb heaven. This version of Live on a TV show called Pumpkin. The sound is quite lo-fi, but man what energy!

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cover of the Richard Delvecchio / Paul Johnson classic "Mr. Moto" is quite standard in arrangement and performance.

Beach Monster dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Beach Monster" is a mighty intense and hair-raising tune. You can not resist it's draw. And the glissandoes of sampled breaking waves is more than the mind can handle.

Bikemen! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky and aggressive, playful and powerful. Plundering the silence, "Bikemen!" thunders through a basic progression with power and intense drive.

Misirlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fine trad "Misirlou" to close it out. All I can say is WOW!

Cartridge Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Closing out with more electro waves...