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Urban Surf Kings - Live In Helldotdotdot
artworkThis is a great performance by a great band. The sound is not complimentary to the performance at all. This CD has been remastered and will be issued by the band in much better sound very soon. I would wait for the Canadian issue.
Picks: Journey To The Stars, Seven Faces Of Dr. Surf, Twister, Radar Range, Moment Of Truth, Mojave Hadji, Twisted Brain, Moncton Stomp, Star Wars, Diamond Head, Surf Kings Stomp!, Invisible Ray, Legend Of Bog Road, 7 Veils A Go-Go, Radarmen From The Moon, Kookie's Comb, Espresso Twist, James Bond, Misirlou

Track by Track Review


Journey To The Stars dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big tom-toms and pounding raucous surf raise the roof as the Urban Surf Kings rip through this classic Ventures masterpiece. Big and very powerful.

Seven Faces Of Dr. Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a big and very beefy instrumental with big drama and exotic melody lines. Hot guitar work, big power, and lots of dramatic energy.

Twister dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Large and fast, "Twister" rocks the house. Intensely loud and aggressive, with very strong drums. Flash and fire all around! The band chants and the guitar fires off machine gun notes.

Radar Range dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hot rockin' guitar and bass with great drumming. "Radar Range" is a song with great whammy chords that set up a dangerous sound. Dramatic and very tuff!

Moment Of Truth dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris' hard driving "Moment Of Truth" is powered and pumped up with flair. Dark and powerful, with immense energy. This is one excellent performance!

Mojave Hadji dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ample artistry and drama to go around. "Mojave Hadji" is mysterious and large, with thick guitar and a real sense of composition. The song is grand, and the performance is superb!

Twisted Brain dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Twisted Brain" is a rocker with tuff glissandos and big chords. A fine song, with a fine sense of structure and arranging. "Twisted Brain" grows on you. Quite p;powerful at times, delicate at others.

Moncton Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big twang and power, and a more developed sound than the early version. Big tom toms, and fiery glissandos. Quite fun.

Star Wars dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big Dick Dale glissandos open a ripping version of the theme to the TV show. Very hot, and very big too. Amazingly cool! "Star Wars" takes Captain Kirk to the waves!

Diamond Head dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Danny Hamilton's rompin' "Diamond Head" gets an extra pumped up delivery at the hands of Urban Surf Kings! Very tuff and very cool too!

Surf Kings Stomp! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf Kings Stomp!" is a riff rocker with a lot of oomph and splash. Not nearly as melodic as most USK tunes, but cool nonetheless. The guitar riffs from "Minor Chaos" in the break are a nifty touch.

Invisible Ray dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big and tortured with vibrato and throb, "Invisible Ray" is a slow and dangerously moody number that has grown immensely in power since its first rendering. Quite dramatic!

Legend Of Bog Road dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Legend Of Bog Road" started out as a mighty fun ditty, and has evolved into a great galloping epic. The story of the stranger on Bog Road in the intro adds to the song's coolness. Cowboy gallop and surf thrasher power! Great!

7 Veils A Go-Go dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"7 Veils A Go-Go" uses guitar chops and exotic moodiness to convey the allure of the oasis. Great drums, and interesting use of chords create tension and power. Excellent!

Radarmen From The Moon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The dramatic guitar and tom tom opening leads to a shredder of intensity. Not very melodic, but huge and commanding. The whammy chords add even more emotional edge. Wow.

Kookie's Comb dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fifties television icon Ed "Kookie" Byrnes has been immortalized before, though it's hard to imagine him as a surfer. Cool track.

Espresso Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Espresso Twist" has a sort of Los Straitjackets feel, but lots more power and grind that that might imply. Great gritty fun.

James Bond dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a heavy and chunky version of "James Bond" that's more about darkness than most. The arrangement is simple and original, and very effective. Great fun.

Misirlou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a power romp through surf's signature song. Fast, shredding, and very engaging. There's nothing really new in the arrangement, but the fire is very evident.