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Ben Vaughn - Mood Swings ('90-'85 & More)dotdotdot
artworkBen Vaughn first caught my attention with his single "Vibrato In The Grotto" with his band the Ben Vaughn Combo. His surf guitar excellence is also featured in the theme music for Third Rock. This CD spans much of his early work, and includes two fine surf instros. Vocally included is the extra fun "Lookin' For A 7-11" and the flamenco silly "El Camino."
Picks: El Rambler Dorado, Vibrato In The Grotto

Track by Track Review


El Rambler Dorado dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and sinewy, vibrato moody, sadly melodic, soothing cove drifting tone. This is a very pretty and soul stirring piece. It demonstrates the power a simple melody can have. The vibes and harmonica give it that cactus feel, as does the distant reverb of the acoustic chamber.

Vibrato In The Grotto dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This, the title track, is spacie and psyched out. It is a long and twisted journey down a road not traveled by the Chocolate Watchband, but performed by Ed Cobb, Bill Cooper and Richie Podolor. It serves as part two of Voyage Of The Trieste.