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The Swamp Coolers - Dry Heatdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine CD full of rich music that crosses a few boundaries while retaining reverb and surf roots. Great stuff!
Picks: Escape From El Diablo (El Diablo De Polvo), Hawaii Five-0, Journey To The Stars, The Lonely Bull, Pipeline, 101 On The 101, Out Of Limits, Ms. Moto, Europa, Route 66, My Favorite Things, Sonora Sunrise

Track by Track Review


Escape From El Diablo (El Diablo De Polvo) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a richly textured track with a catchy riff and whammy chords. The sound is unique to the Swamp Coolers. While the progressions are simple, they take unexpected turns that make this a very memorable song. Very nice!

Hawaii Five-0 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sleepy island whammy and lush palms swaying bring forth a slithery version of "Hawaii Five-0." The wholly original arrangement of the first verse gives way to a pumped and wonderful arrangement inspired by the Ventures' original. Quite nice, and very refreshing.

Journey To The Stars dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Liquidy and reverent, this glissando laden rendering of "Journey To The Stars" is solid and fun. The arrangement is a combination of others, with a touch of Thom Starr and a chorus.

The Lonely Bull dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sol Lake's beautiful "The Lonely Bull" is very nicely laid down. Lush and shimmering with surf anticipation, this moderately paced take is a pleasure to enjoy on the open road.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In some ways, this reminds me of Dean Torrance's 1977 version, at least aurally. The drums play the glissandos a la the Challengers, and the guitars are fairly dry. The duel lead on the bridge is jazzy. The big break is pure rock. All in all, a different take on the Chantays' signature song.

101 On The 101 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"101 On The 101" is a rock instro with the shimmer of surf chords. The melody is motion driven, and the feeling of the wind in your hair with the top down is quite pronounced. Just a regional note, but only Southern Californians refer to numbered highways with "the" in front of the number. The rest of us would simply say "101 On 101."

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Swirly chants in the distance fade as the classic riff ensues. Slithery, smooth, and unlike other covers of this Mar-Ketts' classic. Quite a nice track.

Ms. Moto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This oriental-ization of the Belairs' signature "Mr. Moto" is sultry and very cool. Moderately paced and whammied out, this reverb arrangement takes on a new sound and feeling that's liquid smooth and very enjoyable.

Europa dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Europa" moves slowly through a European guitar melody styling that's tremolo driven and moody. Very nice.

Route 66 dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Bobby Troup's poppy TV theme made popular by Nelson Riddle and covered by hundreds including the Rolling Stones gets yet another lease on life. This time out it's saucy and liquid, yet tuff open highway motivated.

My Favorite Things dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Swamp Coolers take on "My Favorite Things" as if it was meant for the surf. What a wonderful idea. Playful, smooth, slithery, and too much fun!

Sonora Sunrise dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sonora Sunrise" softly oozes the orange warmth of an equatorial morning. The stereo slither of the whammy chords shimmer in the dawn's light. Quite nice.