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Los Twang! Marvels - Prueba De Fuegodotdotdotdot
artworkThere's lots of cool stuff here. Combine the uplifting exuberance of Brazil, the melody sense of Gypsies and surf, and a whole bunch of fun, and you get a general idea how groovy this disc is. It's not surf per say, however there's plenty of surf influence, and a whole lot to enjoy.
Picks: Gipsy Queen Witch, Luna Park, Runaway From Zardoz, Rancho Cucamonga, Space Tiki Twist, Phantom Of The Highway, Rippin Waves, Cannonball, Flight Of The Bumblebee, Safari Stomp, Brasil, El Fenderviche, Samba Estrella, Prueba De Fuego

Track by Track Review

Gipsy Queen Witch dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

Big twangin' drama amped by drum and bass pomposity builds a strong expectation for the riff power to come, and it's on course. While this is a simple riff rocker, it's varies verse to verse, yet has a vintage appeal. Delay is the effect du jour, and it gives "Gipsy Queen Witch" a swimming pool wetness.

Luna Park dotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

"Luna Park" is a rich Euro styled instro with ringing chords and an Eastern European melody. This very well done instro is friendly and warm.

Runaway From Zardoz dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

Galloping drums and a ska rhythm guitar run amok under a double picked melody line that leans heavily upon the Fender IV's "Malibu Run" while not being completely derivative. High spirits and excellent tone give "Runaway From Zardoz" a fresh face and great appeal.

Rancho Cucamonga dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

This is a rompin' number with a rich Eastern European sound and fury. Great drums make this so much than just that, and the fiery guitar work takes it over the top.

Space Tiki Twist dotdotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

This is a fine track with a quirky feeling and delicate muted lines. Hand claps add fun to this already grin-bearing song, This is really a fine track with lots of friendly little curlicues to capture you. Way cool!

Phantom Of The Highway dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

The keys circle the wagons, the rich rhythm and drums and bass pound, and the thunder rumbles onward. The pulsing rhythm of "Phantom Of The Highway" is what captures you, while the lead guitar just peaks out from under its spell.

Rippin Waves dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

How cool is this! The lead is sadly buried pretty far down, with the rhythm out from and dry playing a superbly infectious riff. The distance from the front of the lead gives this a haunted feeling.

Cannonball dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

Thundering traditional surf rhythm and racing drums power this fine track. The melody is halfway between surf and Euro classic melody structure, giving "Cannonball" a hybrid sense that's warm and unique. Very cool.

Flight Of The Bumblebee dotdotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

This is a very unusual treatment ofNicolai Rimsky-Korsakov's classic "Flight Of The Bumble Bee." The arrangement is thick and very original. Fiery dueling guitars rounded out by reverb and delay, and very engaging energy.

Safari Stomp dotdotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

Great drums and swimming chords bring forth this surf-worthy stomp. The guitar trickery adds a grin element with chicken plucks, string swipes, and wildly trembling whammy. This is not a serious rocker, it's a superbly fun and endearing grinner.

Brasil dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

Ary Barroso's wonderfully happy "Brazil" is done in a fanciful way with uplifting spirits and warm tone. The guitar swims in a panoramic wash of delay. Excellent!

El Fenderviche dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

"El Fenderviche" is very derivative of Randy Holden's "Mar Gaya," but that aside, "El Fenderviche" is a very fine track with abundant energy and charm. Round double picked lead lines sparkle and endear, and as we all know, the rhythm track to "Mar Gaya" is very powerful.

Samba Estrella dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

Samba is right. "Samba Estrella" sparkles with the happy energy of the samba, powered by dribbling double picking, and near steel drum guitar lines. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Prueba De Fuego dotdotdotdot
Eurosurf (Instrumental)

Dark fuzz and a charming rhythm track bring on a smooth yet bouncy track. The drums are very cool, and the contrast provided by the fuzz is quite interesting. "Prueba De Fuego" is a flight of fancy full of energy and light hearted spirit.