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The Surphonics - Let It Beatdotdot
artworkThis is the first CD from the Surphonics. Less inspiring than the second, and with fewer instros, this is a long way from a surf CD. The instro style is Shadows based. Holland's Surphonics sound like an beach party oldies review corporate party band. Not very interesting.
Picks: Goldfinger, Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son, Man Of Mystery, Wipe Out

Track by Track Review

Goldfinger dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The instro is slow and dramatic, but the Surphonics soon slide into a straight Shadowsy arrangement. Some cool percussion and silky sound make it just a cut above.

Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Solid drums support a tasteful version of "Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son." Not quite moody, but a little on the sad side, and with some vibrato chords.

Man Of Mystery dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Shadows' "Man Of Mystery" is reverently laid out. Nothing new.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The drummer does well with this, making his own mark, but the recording muffles the kit too much, removing much of the power. The guitars seem uninspired, but the duel chord attack in different octaves gives the tune new life.