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The Surf Coasters - Surf Attackdotdotdotdotdot
artworkWell now, isn't this fine! The Surf Coasters have rediscovered their high powered surf instro magic! This is a monster! Aside from 11 instro winners as only the Surf Coasters can play them, there is the ultra punched up version of Lee Hazelwood's "Movin'" with lyrics, which is a cover of the version by Terauchi Takeshi and his Bluejeans. Way fun!
Picks: Surf Express, Hurricane, Dead Tree, Beach Panic, Summer Is Nearly Hear, Jaws Break, Timeless Border, The Theme From Surf Attack, Cruel Sea, Oedo Sosamo, Bullseye, Movin' On, Rollin' On

Track by Track Review


Surf Express dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sea laps at the shore gently, then a scream! Suddenly, "Surf Express" launches into a classic Surf Coasters rage! Hyper aggressive, tom tom pounding thunder, and a great riff. Tuff is an understatement!

Hurricane dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Some great whammy and thundering guitar drive "Hurricane" wild. Surf riff oriented, high powered, and thundering with traumatic tubes. A great track, with the genuine Surf Coasters sound!

Dead Tree dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a lead guitar reminiscent of Nokie Edwards and the writing of Shigemi Komiyama, the Surf Coasters loudly pump out a splendid song with lots of energy. The power and drive does not overpower the beautiful melody. Excellent!

Beach Panic dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

All is swell on the beach until... "Beach Panic!" Grumbly open road low-E surf! Simple and melodic, coastal and high powered. This is an excellent track, with a nifty break that rises back to the melody line.

Summer Is Nearly Hear dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Soft seashore sounds and vibrato guitar lay the foundation for this beautiful track. The Surf Coasters are known for their punk and disorderly attack on the surf, but "Summer Is Nearly Hear" is a soft and beautiful track in the ventures tradition. In some ways, it reminds me of Eddie and the Surfbeats, but with a lot more perfection.

Jaws Break dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums and a guitar jammin' off the hard drivin' riff make for a non melodic, but very powerful track. Loud, fast, thundering, and sporting a glorious break. To call this tribal magic is less than enough. "Jaws Break" is pure unadulterated surf energy.

Timeless Border dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast, furious, glissando ridden, and sporting a cool guitar line, and pumped with energy. The multiple guitar parts drive the rhythm, and the power oozes from every note. "Timeless Border" is a great track!

The Theme From Surf Attack dotdotdotdot
Surf Blues (Instrumental)

The first half of "The Theme From Surf Attack" is a funky exercise which, if you pass it by, will leave you without the experience of the second half, for it is there that the blues side of the Surf Coasters comes out, hinting in some ways of the Flower Traveling Band on amphetamines. Some tuff surf guitar comes and goes too. Pretty darn hot!

Cruel Sea dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mike Maxfield's claim to fame gets a loud and fast arrangement without losing its charm. Great drums and bass grumble run rampant under the fast and glorious lead guitar. A great version.

Oedo Sosamo dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cymbals rise gently bringing on a beautiful island song. Lead guitar shimmers with vibrato above tribal drums and suave bass with bell like keys. The tranquility lasts but a minute or so before the Surf Coasters can't resist thrashing full bore. very high energy - powerful - with stereo guitars. Yikes!

Bullseye dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Danny Hamilton's "Bullseye" gets the tuff surf treatment, with wonderful glissandoes and punchy drums, grumbly bass, and perfect guitar. Not at all like the Ventures' version - this is surf!

Movin' On, Rollin' On dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Closing out the album is a fast powerhouse called "Movin' On, Rollin' On," which is more about frat slaughter than surf, though every surfism is there. Simply powerful!