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The Trashmen - Live Bird 65-67dotdotdotdot
artworkIt's about time live recordings of this most vital and influential of all early sixties Midwest bands surfaced. These tracks are all in stereo, and sound pretty damn good. They were recorded in various venues, and lovingly remastered at Sundazed. This is an essential CD. The instros were all recorded at Proaches Popular Ballroom on August 8, 1965. The nature of the recording technology employed sapped some of the life out of the track via loss of dynamics and high end, but the band's fine performance transcends the tech limits. The CD includes one more instro than the vinyl edition.
Picks: Let's Go Trippin', Baja, Malaguena, Green Onions, Rumble

Track by Track Review

Let's Go Trippin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This performance of Dick Dale's classic first instro is fairly tepid, played a bit more slowly. It is precise and sounds great, but lacks some of the panache you expect from the Trashmen.

Baja dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a decidedly tight version of the Lee Hazelwood song made famous by the Astronauts. It's very fine, infectious, and sports a moderate tempo. Pure surf.

Malaguena dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a faster rendition than their studio version. It has all of the changes, and all of the power. A solid delivery of a fine song.

Green Onions dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surfed up and chunky, this is a fine guitar version of the Booker T. and the MG's organ hit. It has lots of flair and cool dribbling guitar notes. Cool track.

Rumble dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The whammified surf guitar lead is really cool. They varied the original Link Wray idea enough to make it their own, without losing Link's intent. It's chunky and ominous, as required.