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The 2000 Pound Bees - Catch The Big Buzzdotdotdot
artworkA long time coming, this CD-R from Fresno's "other" surf band contains some fine tracks, including an exotic and unique reworking of 'Misirlou.' Good writing, based on trad but quite modern as well, excellent playing, nicely mixed, and very listenable.
Picks: The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt, The Horror of Party Beach, Fat-Head's Woodie, Morro Strand, Big Uns At Avila, I'm Branded, Mr. Marvin's Shadow, AA Fuel Stratocaster, Tropical Depression, Death Of A Surfer, Down The Line, Love Theme (From Space Pirates Of Ganymede), James Dean's Last Ride, Misirlou

Track by Track Review

The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Shadows' only surf titled tune, named after the cartoon character from Surfer Magazine, is portrayed with a more echoed guitar in a Paul Johnson-esq arrangement.

The Horror of Party Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big guitar twang with a country edge. The melody line is simple but very effective.

Fat-Head's Woodie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Fat-Head's Woodie" sports a quirky and playful riff. Ringing chords and fluid notes rea the order of the day.

Morro Strand dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Morro Bay is the scene for this watery track. "Morro Strand" has a sense of the drive between SLO and Pismo Beach.

Big Uns At Avila dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Whammy, a fine progression, and fine tribal surf beat. The lead line is slightly moody without losing optimism. Are there any "big uns" at Avila Beach? The title is a tribute to Al Bundy and the girls with the "Big Uns At Avila."

I'm Branded dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's classic chord grinder... thick and relentless.

Mr. Marvin's Shadow dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

As the title suggests, this is Hank Marvin-esq piece. The guitar tone is right one, while the melody line more dangerous than most from the Shadows. Moody and slightly mean, "Mr. Marvin's Shadow" is a splendid track, part way between the Brits and the surf.

AA Fuel Stratocaster dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A basic progressional riff underlies this crunchy number. The structure is in the mold of early surf tunes, with the bass carrying the glissandoes and the guitar providing big chord whammy. Pretty cool.

Tropical Depression dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ominous tribal drums, mystic island guitar, great whammy, and sense of balance between the danger of the rhythm guitar and the lilt of the lead. Aside from sporting a great title, "Tropical Depression" is a fine track, flowing well and presenting distant storm imagery.

Death Of A Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent surf whammy and a watery dirge riff in the tradition of many a fine death-on-the-waves instro. Excellent!

Down The Line dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Optimistic and motion oriented, this is quite appropriate as you travel "Down The Line" in search of the tube du jour.

Love Theme (From Space Pirates Of Ganymede) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a bouncy riff with an optimistic bent, "Love Theme (From Space Pirates Of Ganymede)" sounds like it's right out of a movie. It reminds be a little of the music written for That Thing You Do.

James Dean's Last Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A fine number with solid surf rhythm and a bit of an edge. I'm not sure where the tune has to do with James Dean, but it' does have a roadway feel and a sad danger.

Misirlou dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exotic Latin rhythms, vibes, big whammy chords, and a slow and risky low-E delivery of thee classic tune tune. Not double picked, 2000 Pound Bees use the way it was written so many years ago as the launch pad, blend tribal exotica and Mexican village percussion to create a wonderful track. Excellent!