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artworkDa Surfones continue to provide pleasant journeys through seldom traveled neighborhoods where surf is revered as a root cause, not a sacred urn of the ashes of history. Always tasteful, and arranged in ways that make these songs their own. Relaxed surf with edge.
Picks: Tema de James Bond, Peter Gunn, Simon and Simon, Dented Fender, Mr. Sandman, Summertime, Night Train, Apatxe, El Darrer Bottom Turn, Tequila, Wipe Out, Onada Ratllada

Track by Track Review

Tema de James Bond dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting treatment of the "James Bond" theme. The beat and rhythm are completely unusual for this tune. It's like a rockabilly beat under a spy theme... quite a good idea. The sax adds a detective feel to it as well. Very nice.

Peter Gunn dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Pedro Pistola" is pumped out with a nasty raspy sax and a round surf guitar over relentless bass rumble and drums. Quite nasty, and an interesting side trip from the usual treatment. In some ways, it's like a cross between Henry Mancini's original and Duane Eddy. Excellent.

Simon and Simon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Covering Mike Post's theme to the unlike detective brothers show is an unexpected idea. Most of Mike Post's writing is guitar oriented and very melodic. This just never came to mind as a choice like many of his others have. Tasty and entertaining.

Dented Fender dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sax carries the lead in this melodic surf tune. The rhythm and lead lines are just shy of wistful, while the edge and drive are solid. Well laid out and played.

Mr. Sandman dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chordettes' made big bucks with this syrupy fifties ballad. It demonstrates just how flexible the surf idiom can be. Both surfy and suave, this plays lightly on the silly side of the wave, while fluidly entertaining. An unusual choice.

Summertime dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Gershwin's "Summertime" is delivered in a sultry arrangement, just slightly less moody than the Viscounts'. The sax leads are detective cool, and the guitar shimmers. Excellent.

Night Train dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

James Brown' "Night Train" finds a saucy rock / R&B treatment, at the corner of Surf Street and Frat Row. It's groovy and very smooth.

Apatxe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Apatxe" ("Apache") is played pretty straight, yet avoids the trappings of "cover" by not borrowing much from either Jorgen Ingman or the Shadows. The rhythm guitar is different, and it gives this version it's own feel. Quite nice.

El Darrer Bottom Turn dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"El Darrer Bottom Turn" has been cut a couple of times by Da Surfones in demo form. "The Last Bottom Turn" is an excellent original. It's a mid tempo surf tune with a chunky rhythm track, and a mysterious lead. The whammy is nice, and the melody is quite enjoyable. The use of lead guitar chords as a drama device adds some pomp and urgency. The sax in the break is quite tasty. I like this quite a lot.

Tequila dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This many spirited party performance of Chuck Rio's "Tequila" shows off their unbridled fun side. Many shouts and happy noises accompany this performance.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's hard to imagine, but Da Surfones change this with a unique rhythm guitar pattern, breaking it outta the same-old-same-old mold. The extensive sax work also makes it unusual, with pumped honks and squirts. Even the drums are not just a pale Ron Wilson acid test, but rather are original.

Onada Ratllada dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening slowly from the click at the end os a lock-groove, cross fading into the sounds of the shoreline, and eventually disappearing. No music, just sfx.