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Tod Im Strandkorb - No Numbersdotdotdot
artworkThis 11 song set is available free online. The arrangements, while often simple and direct, bring in some interesting elements, particularly with regard to the use of sax where none was originally used. There are some melody translation issues that make a couple of the songs hard to digest. It's a demo, with too much ambient drums in the mix. The demo sound creates a roughness that sometimes makes it seem genuine, and other times just very much a demo. The aural qualities sometimes suggest live jazz club recordings from the fifties. No Numbers is an interesting sidetrip in the genre. Tod Im Strandkorb loosely translates to Death In A Beach Cabin. That didn't help me understand at all!
Picks: Mr. Moto, Miserlou, Latin'ia, Ski Storm, Wayward Nile, Esperanza, St. Pauli, Surf Rider

Track by Track Review

Mr. Moto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tod Im Strandkorb do "Mr. Moto" in a different way. Its guitar parts and sax are slightly different, which seems more due to stylistic variations than intent. It's the drums seem to really take it aside. They took some getting used to, but in the end it was cool.

Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sax in "Miserlou" has a middle eastern sound about it that adds to the song's regional origin. The guitar is much less intense than most, while the pace of the song is not relaxed. It's a bit rough, but it works.

Latin'ia dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is totally different sounding, mostly because of the sax, which adds an exotic sound. This is not a lush smooth excursion like The Sentinals' original, nor a dark rough brooder like Bob Vaught and the Renegaids. Lying somewhere between, "Latin'ia" is interesting and engaging. Aurally, it's kinda like fifties jazz club takes, and that seems to add more mystique.

Ski Storm dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While this is The Snow Men's "Ski Storm," it's textures and guitar chops are really different. That's not a bad thing - in this case it makes it seem almost like a new song. I can't only The Nitros have covered this song before. Pretty nice.

Wayward Nile dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chantays' "Wayward Nile" has long been a fave of mine, and it's been only rarely covered. Tod Im Strandkorb give it garage charm, add moody sax, and overdrive the throb of the sultry tremolo. Very cool.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One guitar arrangements of The Pyramids' "Penetration" always seem empty. In my opinion, the song really needs the muted rhythm guitar. That said, this is tasteful and enjoyable.

Esperanza dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Echoed guitar and sultry rolling drums pay tribute to Dick Dale's "Esperanza." This is a very nice arrangement, and the sax adds a new element. Quite nice.

Vaquero dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a spunky and fun rendering of The Fireballs' "Vaquero," with cool drums and pumping bass. I think it's the mix that holds this back.

St. Pauli dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a minor mod of Link Wray and his Raymen's "Commanche," but with less edge and snarl. It's amiable with garage charm.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Stilted guitar in the opening, and honking sax throughout, create deviations from the norm with this venerable song. It's just different enough to keep it separate from the pack.

Pipeline dot
Surf (Instrumental)

The opening glissando stops before the opening chords, and the lack of the muted second guitar leaves it somewhat spares. There are also a couple of melody translation errors, which don't sound like intentional artistic deviations, much the way Jerry Cole got it wrong when he covered it so many years ago. I don't think this works very well at all, though there are some interesting transitional elements. I just can't get past the melody errors.