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The Swordsmen - S/Tdotdot
artworkThe Swordsmen were an Australian surf band using reverbed guitar and singing a lot of songs. Founded in 1964, these tracks were recorded and released in 1966 on a self-titled album. Amid many familiar covers of the day like Johnny Kidd and the Pirates' "Shakin' All Over," Bo Diddley's "Road Runner," John D. Loudermilk's "Midnight Bus," and others you'll find a very unusually arranged surf cover of the Fireballs' "Bulldog." The sound is crude, with the entire album cut in four hours direct to two track and EQ'd on the fly. That aside, it's an interesting peak into Australian reverb of the mid sixties.
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Bulldog dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra muddy sound here. Aside from its rareness and collector's fever, this is relatively dismissible, except for the cool glissandoes and the tribal drums. A fairly good performance with period intensity.