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The Surf Coasters - Livedotdotdotdotdot
artworkThe final release from the best surf band ever produced by Japan, the Surf Coasters Live is an astounding testament to their power and skill. If ever you had any doubt, just listen to every single note being played in Bumble Bee. This is a superb CD!
Picks: Intruder, Samurai Struck, Sharkman, Riding High, Bumble Bee, Baja, Nineteen, Black Sand Beach, Typhoon Swell, Jack The Ripper, The Lost New Song, Dreams, Big Thunder, Popcorn, Kuroshiro, The Man From MI.5 - Thunderbirds Are Go!, Runabout - Bass Solo, Fly Up, Beach Monster, Misirlou

Track by Track Review


Intruder dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is one rippin' performance of one of the The Surf Coasters' most famous songs. Hot, tuff, strong, and very aggressive surf. This thoroughly drains you. It's tracks like this that remind me how much I miss this band!

Samurai Struck dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Samurai Struck" remains a major kick-bee-hind shredder! It's dangerous and angry and flying. Lot's of great energy and a tight riff.

Sharkman dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is one of those songs that employs a very simple riff, but really gets the crowd moving. Super simple, yet full of fire and spunk! Great track!

Riding High dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Riding High" is a crowd pleasing romper with huge punk attitude and surf edge. It rages and stomps and fires at will. Big fire!

Bumble Bee dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Once I saw Shigeo Naka actually play all of the notes (a first for a rock guitarist), I was forever impressed. Fingers can't move that fast, yet his surely do, and when you watch him play, he makes it look as if it's easy and fun. This is remarkable!

Baja dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lee Hazelwood's grand melody is so very cool in slow motion as The Surf Coasters make it theirs. Sultry and so very surf. Magnificent!

Nineteen dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Nineteen" continues to be huge and eerie and hard charging in a giant chord Link Wray way. It tortures you with relentless sound and fury. Great drums and bass and superb guitar. Did I say torture? maybe I meant reward!

Black Sand Beach dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Yuzo Kayama's most famous song rocks really hard at the hands of The Surf Coasters. It's a great Japanese surf instro, and these guys work it over as if it owes them a lot of money! Whew!

Typhoon Swell dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is one of those super infectious riff rockers that makes you grin. It's also the sort of thing that The Surf Coasters do better than anyone else. Simple, very effective, super fiery, and hard driving. Wonderful!

Jack The Ripper dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an aggressive and fiery version of Link Wray's superb song. What more do you need to hear than The Surf Coasters and "Jack The Ripper" in the same sentence? Nuff said!

The Lost New Song dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Acoustic guitar accompanies silky electric surf guitar over a soft and smooth backtrack. "The Lost New Song" is a lovely piece with a slightly sad melody and warm tone. This very emotional song gets right to you!

Dreams dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Ah yes! This is my very favorite song from these guys. With acoustic guitar accompaniment, "Dreams" is pure and lovely. I love the warm melody that just makes me smile, and the fuzz bass is so cool. Magnificent!

Big Thunder dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big harsh glissandos and reverb crashes give "Big Thunder" a rockin' start, and the hard driving performance makes it loud and raucous. The crowd is mighty pleased!

Popcorn dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Gershon Kinglsey' goofy melody gets the Surf Coasters' treatment. Big fuzz and keys in the lead playing this silly song like it's really serious. Grins all around. Then the guitar rocks out and the drums drive and the bass thunders and... too cool!

Kuroshiro dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Kuroshiro" is a moderately paced song beginning with drums, transitioning through dramatic chords, and eventually driving into a fine song. The big glissandos and reverb and whammy make this a splendid track!

The Man From MI.5 - Thunderbirds Are Go! dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a big and thundering Brit-rock instro with a loud and bass laden sound that's punctuated by strong drums. Its lumbering nature makes it very ominous when the big distortion chords are in play. It ends up fast and furious with raging drums!

Runabout - Bass Solo dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Runabout " was one of the game tracks they cut some years back. It's a giant riff rocker with an ominous and beefy sound. The bass solo is a relentless rippin' thunder and psycho wash of manic activity. I would have loved to see this. The crowd is laughing and clapping. I can just imagine the antics.

Fly Up dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Fly Up" has long been a hard driving rock anthem for The Surf Coasters. It's simple riff is fired up with great flair. Very powerful!

Beach Monster dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This has become their most popular song, with the visuals and shouts and manic thrashing action. Huge, pounding drums and growls and guitar flash and power chord and... yikes!

Misirlou dotdotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Flying fingers and big double picked power. This is a thundering version of "Misirlou" played as if Dick Dale learned it from The Surf Coasters. Big, powerful, fast, and thunderous. What a way to end their career!