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Los Twang! Marvels - Jungle Of Twangdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is an amazing release. Lots of superb tracks, really well recorded and mixed, and very enjoyable. Los Twang! Marvels play in their own part of the surf universe. This is highly recommended!
Picks: Sea Of Glory, Kaha-Huna (The Goddess Of Surfing), Cumana, Bali Ha'i, Mr. Twister, Tunisian Moon, Nose Walkin', Surf Dilemma, Sad On Mondays, Siboney, Adventures Of The Green Camaro, Return Of The Space Cossack, Danza Del Sable

Track by Track Review

Sea Of Glory dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sea Of Glory" is a track with a catchy traveling feeling. The rich tone and superb muted notes, along with the dribbled double picked lines, and the original and very likable melody line really make this shine. It gets finished off with glorious whammy chords, and then it grows on you! Very cool!

Kaha-Huna (The Goddess Of Surfing) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Textured and very playful, this cover of Gene Moles and the Softwinds' "Kaha Huna" is just too fun. Groovy whammy and lush island chords. Simply fun and uplifting!

Cumana dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With requisite mambo flair and a touch of near-ska, Barclay Allen's "La Cumana" is richly surfed into a superb reverb journey. This has all the fun and spunk of The Swamis, but is in a much purer surf arrangement. This is a really nice choice to update.

Bali Ha'i dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richard Rodgers's superb ditty is done here in a way no surfband has done it before. Quite different than my other favorite version from The Wangs, this is really suave, and features very infectious drums and bass. The rhythm guitar, the swimming lead... it all adds up to one superb cover!

Mr. Twister dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slightly twangy in a country fair kinda way, amped with stinging whammy chords, and oh-so playful. "Mr. Twister" is all fun, light hearted, and yet powerful. Perfect for a drive along the coast!

Tunisian Moon dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great ska rhythm and a Russian sounding melody drive you bonkers with wanting to hear it again and again. "Tunisian Moon" is a fiery and playful tune with lots of filigrees and spunk. The muted reverb drips like your mom's leaky faucet, and the double picked lines dribble ecstatically. maybe a bit like The Pyronauts in its fanciful attack, and all Los Twang! Marvels in it's sound.

Nose Walkin' dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Nose Walkin'" is an easy moving track with throbbing tremolo and dry chords. The bass lines are really good, and the drums just right. There's an intensity here that commands you to drive down 101 with the top down!

Surf Dilemma dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf Dilemma" is a superb track with really nice interplay between the two guitars, and genuine surf appeal. It's hard to overstate the light hearted energy and the good natured fun. The best parts are the muted reverb duets, but the entire track just sparkles!

Sad On Mondays dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a sad island shimmer, "Sad On Mondays" portrays a settling lagoon after a storm through tremolo and a lovely melody. Haunting and charming too.

Siboney dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a wholly original interpretation of Ernesto Lacuona's "Siboney." It bends classic loungy exotica rhythms and percussion with lovely surf tone. It's done beautifully, with great sound and a superb arrangement. Sparkling!

Adventures Of The Green Camaro dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In a bit of a switch, Los Twang! Marvels play this slightly country funk as if they are not quite ready for the hoe-down. The interplay between the guitars is really good, and the guitar playing superb.

Return Of The Space Cossack dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With Russian influences, this amazing track just rips! It reminds me some of The Bitch Boys in the arranging an guitar flair, but is completely in the Los Twang! Marvels zone. Great energy, fast and accurate spitfire lead guitar, plenty of swiped notes, and bit splashy twango! man, this is cool!

Danza Del Sable dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aram Ilich Khachaturian's "Sabre Dance" is arranged much as The Jokers did it long ago, and in keeping with their inspiration, it's mixed in mono. Great guitar tone and really fun rhythms. This is an interesting way to end the CD.