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The Trashmen - Surfin' Birddotdotdotdot
artworkCool repro of one of the most important albums of the sixties from the only group the Rolling Stones ever had to open for in the US. It contains some fine instros, but also some of the best most aggressive non-California Beach Pop surf and rod vocals ever, and some fine trad covers with surf instrumentation. Naturally, it includes "Surfin' Bird and King Of The Surf.
Picks: Miserlou, Tube City, Malaguena, Bird Bath

Track by Track Review

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A softer sound than Dick Dale, but equally fiery. This shows off Tony Andreason's double picking prowess, and the solid sense of ensemble that this fine band reached. This is a very strong track.

Tube City dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an original tune with wonderful changes and intense delivery. Mostly fast and powerful, but the changes bring a slow pointed and stinging part waiting for the waves of accent. Marvelous. This has long been on my faves list. It is very infectious and powerful.

Malaguena dotdotdotdot
Flamenco Surf (Instrumental)

Ernesto Lacuona's great song, first turned into a surf classic by this Minneapolis band. It's a fiery infectious must-have track. Major energy and finesse. There is no finer flamenco surf than this. Infectious, rhythmic, powerful.

Bird Bath dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

When the ever nutso Trashmen decided to cover the Revels' "Church Key," they had to personalize it, like everything else they did. So, it became the demented "Bird Bath," with the gargling bird splashing in the water... The performance is hot, and the sound is pure surf.