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The Surfin' Mo-Tones - Dr. Peter Hinrichs Surf Filesdotdotdotdot
artworkLo-fi and very rare, these tracks are from The Surfin' Mo-Tones, lead by guitarist Dr. Peter Hinrichs, with Peter Apel - guitar, Thomas Milowski - bass, and Martin Kruzig - drums. They describe themselves as beach party a la Tarantino. The musicians are also of Cosmic Fun, The Dry Halleys, The Electric Family, The Telstars, The Sugar Plum Fairies, and more. This is easily the least experimental and fringe music these folks have made. It's more or less traditional surf and Shadows.
Picks: The Tidal Wave, Salt Mine Twist, Saturday Night At The Duck Pond, Surf Rider, Pipeline

Track by Track Review


The Tidal Wave dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slacktone's hard driving "Tidal Wave" is softened and layered. The effect is complimentary to the song, and makes for really fun listening. The fire of the original is dampened some, but that does not mean it's easy going by any stretch! Quite fun.

Salt Mine Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Laika and the Cosmonauts song opens with the waves lapping at the shore. This is lush and rich, with the lead not quite out front as much as needed. Still, it's a solid performance wit some very cool guitar interplay.

Saturday Night At The Duck Pond dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

using a title applied to Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" many years ago, The Surfin' Mo-Tones rock this one out. Echo laden, twangy, and sporting great drum work! This is way fun, and then there are those Daffy Duck calls at the end.

Surf Rider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a different sound and from either The Ventures' original or The Lively Ones hit, the band runs through this venerable surf classic with tremolo charm and bass boom. The combination of the tremolo and the bass make it stand out from the pack.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Some very cool guitar fills add to this version of The Chantays' classic Am hit. "Pipeline" is so well written that it stands up to many variations in arrangement and style. This is another very cool cover. Excellent!

Jack's Good dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Rapiers' "Jack's Good" is a bit goofy with its whistling weirdness. The arrangement is fresh, but it just didn't grab me.