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The SurfNiks - One More Summerdotdot
artworkThis 1997 CD release is not widely disseminated. It is also not very surfy. Its tracks are mostly moderately melodic riffs, slightly post surf MOR clean, with a hollow more European / Memphis sound lacking the layered balance of well written surf instros. Hardly a double picked line or glissando anywhere in sight. The keyword here is sterile. After numerous listenings, I just can't recall a single track in any detail. Bob Dalley's liner notes say nothing at all about the band, except personnel. The band is from Provo Utah.
Picks: Wild Ride, Surfin' Showdown, Stiletto, When Dreamers Do, Robyn, Vaquero de la Playa, Los Gatos, The Ballad Of Osa Minor, Moon, Bring Back The Tide, Solar Plectrum, One More Summer, My Little Kon Tiki, Dragonfly, Robyn [classical arrangement]

Track by Track Review

Wild Ride dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

This seems to be an under developed riff without much direction. I have to say that after 5 times in the CD player, I still don't have an identifiable recollection. The riff is much more country than surf. "Wild Ride" features ex-Surf Raider Bob Dalley on guitar.

Surfin' Showdown dotdotdot
British Surf (Instrumental)

This track sports a solid melody that suggests strongly the Shadows and European guitar instros much more than surf. The development is much better here than anywhere else on the disc.

Stiletto dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

I half expecting "Wipe Out" from the title. It was the first name for that famous tune, after all. I was instead greeted with a country twangster not unlike "Wild Ride" in structure and sound. Slightly less dismissible, but still not particularly interesting, unless you're into Memphis twang.

When Dreamers Do dotdotdot
British Surf (Instrumental)

This is a richly Hank Marvinesq tune, soft and twangy, and British in it's melody. It's tracks like this that make the connection between the Shadows and country so clear. A nice tune. Bob Dalley guests on guitar.

Robyn dotdotdot
Island Tourist Surf (Instrumental)

Soft and fluffy, like a British tourist in Waikiki at sunset. It's pretty and picturesque, but not very memorable.

Vaquero de la Playa dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

Slightly hinting of the Fireballs in a Shadows disguise, using a pretty little riff and a gentle delivery. Rounder tone and a more American sound, though retrained and "elderly" sounding.

Los Gatos dotdotdot
British Surf (Instrumental)

"Los Gatos" sports a definite Shig & Buzz kinda reinvention of the Hank Marvin sound, with excellent phrasing and whammy, and a very friendly feel. This is as close to surf as this disc gets.

The Ballad Of Osa Minor dotdotdot
British Surf (Instrumental)

"The Ballad Of Osa Minor" uses island shimmering very pretty chords and a breezy melody. This is quite a pretty track, lush and romantic, and quite European in approach.

Moon, Bring Back The Tide dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and deliberate, vibratoed shimmer, romantic in an MOR way, with a country feel. Likable while in the player, but not memorable.

Solar Plectrum dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

"Solar Plectrum" is one of the rockin'est of the tracks here. It's country twang basis is clearly evident. The drums are well played, and the guitar break is quite tasty, graced by a lone glissando.

One More Summer dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

"One More Summer" is like a cross between "Sleep Walk" and "Endless Summer," without the charm of either. It's just a pretty slow song, fit for a backdrop.

My Little Kon Tiki dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

Lacking only the humor of a Buck Owens tune, this gentle country ditty is friendly enough, slightly islandic, and warm.

Dragonfly dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

I was hoping for some surf variation on Thee Midnighters' odd instro. It was not to be. Not Oriental in flavor, but more open meadow warm, like a "Dragonfly" floating on a summer breeze. Nice and friendly.

Robyn [classical arrangement] dotdotdot
Acoustic (Instrumental)

This is an acoustic rendering of this tune. I must say it's much better this way. I have to wonder if it wasn't worked out on acoustic and translated to electric. This seems so much more natural for the style of the writing. Very soft and pretty.