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The Surf Coasters - On Stagedotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a very well made live document of a great show in Japan. It also features some live footage from their performance at the KFJC co-presents at the Blank Club, plus stills from all over their NorCal tour. A must-have for any surf fan!
Picks: Tsunami Struck, The Crash, Cyclone, Riding High, Shark Man, Midnight Headlight, Nineteen, Adventures In Paradox, Black Sand Beach, Typhoon Swell, Beach Monster, Fly Up, Intruder, Closing Credits, Shark Man

Track by Track Review


Tsunami Struck dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Surf Coasters opened their set on this DVD with a power thrust of "Tsunami Struck", which a pumping instro influenced by "Point Panic." Extreme energy and exuberant shouts of "Wah!."

The Crash dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Crash" is a very Dick Dale-ish modern thrasher with a monster attack and powerful sound. The romping guitar and pumping bass, and the great drums power it right on through.

Cyclone dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cyclone" is an aggressive surf pounder based on a progression riff. It's delivered at lightning speed. The drums are exceptional, but then so are the guitar and bass. Totally solid.

Riding High dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Surf Coasters just keep driving with the rockin' "Riding High." It's a thundering riff rocker with major power. It's tracks like this that demonstrate what can be done with simple riff rockers when they are played by masters. Amazing energy!

Shark Man dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The circular riff of "Shark Man" is powered by thundering bass and great drums. The guitar is flash-perfect. Shigeo Naka flies around the guitar while everything else simply pummels. Pure flash and power.

Midnight Headlight dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Midnight Headlight" is a brand new song, a pretty fluid song with a lushness that rides between the strong tone and silky bass, and those drums! What a fine track!

Nineteen dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with feedback howls, "Nineteen" begins to grumble like Link Wray is in the house. Remarkably powerful and simply huge! The heavy thunder of the guitar stretches out atop grumbling bass and tribal drums. Totally solid!

Adventures In Paradox dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Adventures In Paradox" is a liquidy song with a sad melody. Spooky in a misty kind of way. Lush, beautiful, and full of easy energy. The melody line is very nice.

Black Sand Beach dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yuzo Kayama and the Launchers' classic "Black Sand Beach" is very well covered here. The Surf Coasters pay homage to one of Japan's great guitar heroes of the sixties, only they add significant drive and edge. Excellent!

Typhoon Swell dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The fun and power of "Typhoon Swell" are rampant as the Surf Coasters power through this grinner. It's a splendid instro with a catchy riff and big flair. Much too fun!

Beach Monster dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Beach Monster" is a rippin' assault of fun and chop chords. With wonderful grunts of "Beach Monster," this song is so much more than just intense and hair-raising. You can not resist its infectious power and charm. The descent into quiet as the monster seems temporarily out of sight yields quickly to another power surge. Wow!

Fly Up dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Fly Up!!" has survived for a long time in their set. It's a very powerful piece in front of an audience. You can feel the floor shake and the walls bleed. Huge and fun!

Intruder dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

At a hundred stars, this is still underrated! This is a spectacular and perfect performance of one of their most powerful and melodic surf rages. "Intruder" simply shreds! Not a better track will you ever hear! Unbelievable fire and perfect playing from all three musicians. Funny, but with all the power it possesses, I think it's not as hot as the KFJC Pitstop performance, though that only drops it to 90 stars! Very tuff!

Closing Credits dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a beautiful acoustic number played on two guitars. The melody is soft and summer-sad, with a profoundly emotional element. This song is uncredited on the DVD, and a scan of all of the Surf Coasters' acoustic tracks does not turn up a match, so I don't know the title.

Shark Man dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The circular riff of "Shark Man" is powered by thundering bass and great drums. The guitar is flash-perfect. Shigeo Naka flies around the guitar while everything else simply pummels. Pure flash and power.