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The Surf Coasters - Surfdelicdotdotdotdot
artworkYikes, it's about time for another Surf Coasters album. Back together after a hiatus, they have evolved a slightly different sound, less assaultive and more melodic, with cleaner sounding guitars and finer picking. This is an exceptionally good CD. There is also a lone vocal here. "Neon Lights" is a great psychedelic party anthem, fast and well effected, with a darn infectious riff and sound. It was provided by Craig Smith, Ph.D. of Remote Sensing Systems, a listener who picked it up on a business trip to Japan. Thanks Craig.
Picks: This Is Surfdelic, Black Hole, Kuroshio, Mr. M, Jellyfish, Flash Point, Last Train, Mad Soldier, Kick Down, Hava Nagila

Track by Track Review


This Is Surfdelic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Los Straitjackets rocked with this, but Jon and the Nightriders simply pound the sand like a 50 foot wall! Highly infectious and melodic, extremely strong and engaging. Yeow!

Black Hole dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the great modern Indian riff based surf track, all pumped up live like there's no tomorrow. Entirely infectious, and not the usual trite Indian theme stuff either, but still readily recognizable as within that genre. Totally stoked!

Kuroshio dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big note bender, rumbling progression, major pound. Simple and sorta Freddie King like, but not... if ya know what I mean. Infectious and suave.

Mr. M dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Over a "Pipeline" styled rhythm track, a fine infectious melody lurks, commanding attention and infecting the soul. A fine track with great whammy and glissandoes, and major oomph. Too cool.

Jellyfish dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a suave new tune, swimming in whammy and sporting a great melody line. John Blair's flair for the guitar line comes through loud and clear here. The writing is quite inspired, as is the sad spirit of the tune. Marvelous.

Flash Point dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Webb Wilder did this originally. Jon and the Nightriders do it more swimmingly, more surfilly, more rippin', just more...

Last Train dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big waves driven by the big winds, swirling around the rocks, rippin' the beach apart, with surf ridden only by the brave or the stupid. Very infectious and melodic, and as energetic as they come. Intriguing structure and melody from the obscure Conrad and the Hurricanes single.

Mad Soldier dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Steve Soest's great tune, rocked and swayed by an increased pace and pumped energy. Steve's original demo was great, his version with his band the Torquays is great too. Jon and the Nightriders do it mighty proud! Infectious and unusual.

Kick Down dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Words like "wingnut" and "grommet" bring images of useless or bogus people to mind. This is somewhat whimsical, and very fun. The melody is strong, and well accented with whammy. A fine bass run too.

Hava Nagila dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale originated this over thirty five years ago. Jon and the Nightriders bring it into the modern era with thundering and racing attack, and a fine balance between the two guitars. Bravo! Best cover of it yet.