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The Surfin' Tones - Back To The Beachdotdotdot
artworkAll ten tracks on this CD-R are demos recorded in a murky sound, some in mono. For a club demo, it's a good tool, showing off what the band likely is like live. There are a couple of cool variations here. The Surfin' Tones have a garagy sound that harkens back to the early eighties garage branch of the surf revival.
Picks: Pipeline, Calhoun Surf, Walk Don't Run, Theme From The Endless Summer, Penetration, Out Of Limits, Spanish Blue, Sleep Walk, Pacifica, Tailspin

Track by Track Review


Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The surf laps at the shore, ushering in the Chantays' ultra classic "Pipeline." Distortion rather than reverb is the order of the day. Dirty thick glissandos and a rock band sound that reminds me of a couple of the early eighties garage surfbands. While it's pretty trashy, it's also cool, especially the guitar flailing in the break.

Calhoun Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Surfin' Tones cover Los Straitjackets cover of the Overtones' catchy "Calhoun Surf." It's quite straightforward.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Johnny Smith's jazz instro turned rock instro mainstay is based on the Ventures 1960 non-surf arrangement. Nothing special going on, but it is well done and fun.

Theme From The Endless Summer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Sandals' created an amazing and timelessly beautiful instro for the theme to the Bruce Brown film. "Theme From "The Endless Summer"" is very reverent and moving. Quite nice.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Pyramids' "Penetration" is frequently covered. This is a pretty direct cover that reminds me a bit of the Dutch and the Dynamos mid-seventies cover, though it's not based on the Ventures In Space version.

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mike Gordon's most famous tune is done true to the original for the most part. It takes you back.

Spanish Blue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the more frequently covered Aqua Velvets' songs. Certainly not as silky as Miles Corbin's guitar magic, but it does shimmer with mystery as it should.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Santo and Johnny's signature song is done with quite a bit of slither considering it's not on lap steel nor slide guitar. With a billion covers out there, I'd stay away from recording yet another version of "Sleep Walk" unless you can really make it shine or do something completely original with it.

Pacifica dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Los Straitjackets most frequently covered instro aside from "Calhoun Surf," this song is done with a direct nod to the masked marvels. It's very nice.

Tailspin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lots of spunk and fun as the Surfin' Tones cover Los Straitjackets's frantic "Tailspin."