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The Surf Raiders - Live At The Whiskey A Go Go 6/4/82dotdotdotdot
artworkThis posthumous release is an archival recording from the Whiskey during the Surf Raiders' peek. It simply pounds. A must have!
Picks: Pipeline, Squad Car, Midnight Run, High Tide, Steel Pier, Gum Dipped Slicks, Scratch, The Wedge

Track by Track Review


Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another fine performance, Surf Raiders is a well delivered cover of the Chantays' most famous tune, but the low energy of the tape just dampens the spirit of an otherwise OK cover. The performance is marred by guitar glitches and a fall-apart end.

Squad Car dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson's tune made famous by Eddie & the Showmen is made more reverby by the Surf Raiders. Infectious sax reed sirens, and mucho pound. Horrid drums and muddy sound sap the life out of it.

Midnight Run dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Richard Burns-Gary Usher-Roger Christian tune was most familiar from the Super Stocks and the Pyramids. This is a very good performance, with a little more power than the originals, and lots of spirit.

High Tide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Power surge guitar work, but not quite the edge of the Lively Ones' original. Big surf dribbling double picked lead guitar.

Steel Pier dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Impacts' "Steel Pier" is reverbed out, and played with fire and thunder. The drums are dull, but the tracks works ok.

Gum Dipped Slicks dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris cut this as a single back in '63 or so. Here, the feel is retained, while the drums are ambient and thin. The melody is so cool on this song. Nice performance.

Scratch dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another Eddie and the Showmen tune, this cover is spirited and fun pure trad. Crude boom box recording.

The Wedge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Flying guitar work, pounding drums, and Dick Dale-isms everywhere. This performance is exceptionally good. Hot damn!