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The Teen-Beats - Surf Bounddotdotdotdot
artworkThe Teen-Beats were a great band from Las Vegas, Nevada. They played from about 1960 through maybe '64. This LP contains early singles, a couple of unreleased things, a track or two from their later incarnation as the Nevegans, and a live 1962 radio broadcasts from the Knights Of Columbus Hall in Las Vegas over KENO.
Picks: Route '66, Slinky, Stalkin', Lullaby Of The Leaves, Caterpillar Crawl, Rawhide, Tequila, Mr. Moto, Russian Roulette, Surf Bound, Mystified, High Roll, One-Armed Bandit

Track by Track Review


Route '66 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Route '66" functions as an opening theme, with Steve Miller yakking over part of it to introduce the show and the band. The performance is romping and rocking with reverb and spunk.

Slinky dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray and his Raymen cut "Slinky" originally, and with reverb in tow, the Teen-Beats bring it forward into the brine. It's tuff and sultry as the warm Las Vegas nights demanded. The drums are great and the rhythmic pulsing is hypnotic and sweaty.

Stalkin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Stalkin'" is a very Link Wrayish number, slow and sultry, tortured and darkly moody. It gets the blood boiling.

Lullaby Of The Leaves dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures brought Bernice Petiere and Joe Young's "Lullaby Of The Leaves" into the rock'n'roll spotlight. The Teen-Beats play the Ventures' arrangement, but with reverb. Spunky and twangy.

Caterpillar Crawl dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Strangers' ultra raspy "Caterpillar Crawl" is nicely roughed out, with grodie sax and reverbed twang. Really cool arrangement!

Rawhide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's raucous "Rawhide" is splashed and rocked up with ample spunk and sax edge. The drums are great here, pounding out one hell of a beat!

Tequila dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The reverb splash and sax rasp add up to a dark and dangerous version of Chuck Rio's hit "Tequila." KLAS' Steve Miller yaks over part of the performance.

Mr. Moto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With chorus and effected guitar, the Teen-Beats rock out on Paul Johnson's classic "Mr. Moto" like there's no tomorrow. Echoed and pounded, the song is uniquely arranged and full of energy.

Russian Roulette dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Russian Roulette" is an updated version of "Surf Bound" with a much surfier sound and much better audio quality. Superb arranging and production, likely from Wenzel's Music. Utterly infectious rolling beat and guitar lines that are perfect for a drive with the top down!

Surf Bound dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody of "Surf Bound" remains utterly infectious, with it's circular transitions and semi-Middle Eastern sound. This early version sports effected guitar and a great sax. The echoed lead lines create a kind of desert surf feeling.

Mystified dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Mystified" is a slow moving and very moody piece with a soft rolling beat and long sustained lead notes, along with big cymbals and dramatic tom-toms, along with a distant foggy feeling. Very cool!

High Roll dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is totally cool! A great beat and utterly infectious rhythm, with incredible energy and great drums! Also called "Downey Surf," this amazing track simply rocks! It's really hard not to like it! Much like "Russian Roulette" in character, "High Roll" is essential listening.

One-Armed Bandit dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With R&B underpinnings, and a soft spoken kind of happy soul, "One-Armed Bandit" rolls a long with cool sax injections and a simple and pleasing guitar line. Nice track.