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Surf Report - Live at Moonlight Beach, 2004dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a recording of the Surf Report performance at the Menehune Surf Classic on June 20, 2004 in a benefit for The Father's Resource Center of Encinitas, CA. I can't believe I let this mp3 only release slip until now. The audio is pretty serviceable ambient (or perhaps soundboard) live that, while not being particularly complimentary to this fine band's sound, does show a great band in full stride! My apologies to the band.
Picks: Telstar, Sandpaper Paddles, Latin'ia - The Wedge, Bluff Failure, Surf Beat, Catalina, Tsunami Rex, The Creeper, The Lonely Bull, Surfonica, Green Horizons, Crazy Train, Let's Go Trippin', Miserlou

Track by Track Review


Telstar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rousing cover of The Tornados' hit, with the organ parts replaced by driving double picked guitar. major spunk here!

Sandpaper Paddles dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sandpaper Paddles" is an aggressive high flyer with excellent development and double pick surf energy. The melody's journey is superb!

Latin'ia - The Wedge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tommy Nunes' glorious "Latin'ia" is done all liquidy cool in an arrangement that straddles the Sentinals original and some of the edgier vintage covers, and is simultaneously merged with a modern sound. The chords are gorgeous! Very very cool! The transition into one of Dick Dale's signature songs is splendid. There are subtle ska influences, and exuberant clapping from the punters. The arrangement borrows from Dick's earlier version under the title "A Run For Life," but uses nothing from the Tandems' (Al Hazan) original or it's original early fifties source "The Dance Of Love." All in all, a grand performance!

Bluff Failure dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bluff Failure" is one of Surf Report's more melodic numbers, with a haunting melody and sense of exotic adventure. Great drums, and a fluid and emotional sense of a summer rain as you move from sadness into a brighter future. A touch of psychedelia finishes it off. Very nice!

Surf Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The genre's namesake song pumps and grinds as required. The tone is so different, and the registers adjusted, giving "Surf Beat" a thoroughly modern sound.

Catalina dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This lovely Spanish flavored tune invites a breezy afternoon with an ice tea into view. Lovely flow and imagery. "Catalina" is just a beautiful song.

Tsunami Rex dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tsunami Rex" romp with the kind of power and fire you would expect from such a title. A traditional surf beat behind great double picked flights of fancy. Infectious energy and an adventurous melody line.

The Creeper dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mel Taylor and the Magics' "The Creeper" (or perhaps the Ventures preceded it) chunker is tastefully done with lumbering dark tone and power. Particularly well done for a song that's pretty much a chord progression.

The Lonely Bull
Surf (Instrumental)

Sol Lake's emotional and fluid song gets a tasteful and fluid delivery. This is one of those very durable melodies that just flows like water, regardless of how you arrange it. From the Tijuana Brass to the Dream Syndicate, "The Lonely Bull" is just a pleasure. Very nice track.

Surfonica dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's funny how some songs seem to define a band for me, but "Surfonica," along with "Naugahyde," define the magnificence of Surf Report. Wonderful progressions, rhythms, and flights of aquatic adventure. Superb!

Green Horizons dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A galloping hickoidal rhythm and beat, yelping yee-haws, and a sense of rockers invading a barn dance. "Green Horizons" turns out to be much more fun that I used to think. Big grins here.

Crazy Train dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Train" marks one of the earliest sojourns into metal land for surfbands. Surprisingly melodic and surfable, it brings out grins of "I know that song" and furrowed brows of "why can't I remember the name of it" driven by its total rearrangement.

Let's Go Trippin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In many ways, this is a pretty straight forward cover of Dick Dale's first instrumental from August of '61. Here for fun, with modern rock jamming breaks.

Miserlou dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nicolas Roubanis must have had no idea how many people would record his song. Based heavily on Dick Dale's signature arrangements, "Miserlou" rips with requisite guitar drive and a classic surf beat. This is in part the "Miserlou Twist" arrangement, and it displays lots of chunk as that demands. Nice way to end the set.