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The Tube Sharks - Samplerdotdotdot
artworkThe Tube Sharks have been playing in the Bay Area and surrounds for a few years. They have yet to release an album. This CD-R is a document of the band's present state, not a release or even a working album project. It displays some nice arranging skill, and some solid playing as well. All covers, but an important document none the less.
Picks: Road To Rincon, Ghost Riders, Fiero, Surfer's Stomp, Pipeline, Boppin' Bison, Dark Eyes, Rebel Rouser

Track by Track Review

Road To Rincon dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Tube Sharks do a nice rendition of Dave Myers and the Surftones' "Road To Rincon," rearranged for trio. The rhythmic feel is there, but the accents that Myers provided via sax are missing, leaving it a bit hollow. Otherwise, this a respectable cover. Guitarist Tom Knezevich does a good job filling the void created by the lack of a second guitar.

Ghost Riders dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This version of Stan Jones' classic cattle drive instro is stretched out and made slightly psychedelic. It's single picked like the Ramrods' classic hit, filled with warm whammy and occasional double picking. There are touches of Link Wray's "Jack the Ripper" interspersed with surf riffs. At nearly six minutes, Big Wave Dave's relentless bass keeps the theme constant while the guitar and drums experiment. Nice track.

Fiero dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fun cover of the nineties Fireballs tune. It has less bounce and spunk, but more smooth tone. Nicely damped, with suave whammy.

Surfer's Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Twenty Six Miles (Across The Sea)" meets the Mar-Ketts at the funkengrooven cafe. Playful, loungie, and smooth. It lies somewhere between the big band groove of the Mar-Ketts and the surf soul of the Astronauts. Grins all around.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a basic trio excursion into "Pipeline." While respectful and tasty, it doesn't break any ground. It does tote a bit of power and charm. The meter of the opening glissando is a little rough.

Boppin' Bison dotdotdot
Hoe-down Surf (Instrumental)

This is the Exotics' tune. It's a fun hoe-down a la Buck Owens, or more likely Roy Clarke. Just plain fun.

Dark Eyes dotdotdot
Hoe-down Surf (Instrumental)

This traditional tune has seen many surf and rock instro arrangements. This is a lot like the Chessmen's version, but thinner and more surfy. tasty double picking and whammy.

Rebel Rouser dotdotdot
Hoe-down Surf (Instrumental)

Duane Eddy' "Rebel Rouser" is reverbed up, given a few variant notes, twang reduced, and added funky cowboy surf tone. It's not quite energy-centric enough to work really well, though the drums are very cool.