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The Tornados - Heinz / The Tornadosdotdotdotdot
artworkThis split 12 inch couples seven tracks each from the Tornadoes and their blonde vocalist Heinz. Side one is the vocal side, which is typical pre-invasion post rockabilly English rock 'n' roll.
Picks: Telstar, The Ice Cream Man, Night Rider, Dragonfly, Jungle Fever, Robot, Globetrotter

Track by Track Review


Telstar dotdotdotdotdot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

This is it, the Tornados signature hit. Brilliantly filled with damped plucking, rhythmic churn, and whirring space. Joe Meek wrote this tune. It is utterly unique in the annals of rock. Meek was the UK master of thick completely filled sound, compressed until totally flat, and very cool. This 1962 release has been done by a bazillion surf bands. A must have for any serious instro fan. It is the Tornados signature tune.

The Ice Cream Man dotdotdotdot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

What a grand concept! Childlike joy at the sound of the ice cream truck delivered in the cold sterile environ of the asteroid belt. Marvelously melodic and playful, thick and powerful.

Night Rider dotdotdot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

A horse whinnies and then rides off just before the almost chorus sounding organ comes in. Like a cross between a mall organ and a carnival, this seems to have an unreal quality, while also seeming to fit into the elevator just fine.

Dragonfly dotdotdot
Space MOR (Instrumental)

Plucky and heavy, with guitar lead and a solid MOR melody line. Both gentle and thick, playful and thunderous.

Jungle Fever dotdotdotdotdot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

This was the B-side of "Telstar." It is beyond great. The compression is as much an instrument as any band member's implement of acoustic slaughter. Thick and utterly undynamic (the meters just sit there at zero VU plus-or-minus 1 dB), this is a masterwork of layered sound. The jungle noises, the growling organ, even the male chorus is superb. There is not another track like this anywhere.

Robot dotdotdotdotdot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

Talk about amazing! "Robot" opens with just about the best reverb kicks and deep crackling effects anywhere, then promptly evolves into a thick and dark stompin' monster.

Globetrotter dotdotdot
Space Rock (Instrumental)

Organic thick pop sludge, with a melody that hints of "Venus In Blue Jeans," while being pretty darn syrupy under the dull roar. very strange sounding track.