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The Victors - Victorious (1964-1966)dotdotdot
artworkThe Victors were contemporaries to Minneapolis' Trashmen. Their instrumental sound is much less pure and developed. While the sound is often rehearsal mono at best, this album is a fascinating glimpse into the period. The bulk of he band is strong garage fair.
Picks: Scotch Mist, High Tide, Shake-N-Stomp, The Victor

Track by Track Review

Scotch Mist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moody organ riffs run beneath a very cool echoed high register surfish line. The guitar dribbles notes in a jamming setting that's part surf, part garage R&B.

High Tide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a grubby take of The Lively Ones' "High Tide." Plenty of spunk and splash. The liners errantly title this track "Steel Pier."

Death Of A Gremmie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well, this tale on Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Death Of A Gremmie" is certainly primitive. The lads must have been just starting out.

Shake-N-Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is actually a pretty solid cover of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Shake-N-Stomp." The glissandos rip and the chunk is just right. Notes dribble off the guitar as surf is supposed to.

The Victor dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a solid cover of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "The Victor." The muddy sound doesn't show it off very well, but it is nonetheless very cool. The liners mistakenly title this "Arabic," which is pretty funny, since I'd guess the band used it as a signature tune because of its name.

Scotch Mist II dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This take of "Scotch Mist" looses the lead guitar, revealing that the rest of t song is very much like "Green Onions" (Booker T. & The MG's).