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Vince and the Waikiki Rumblers - Waikiki Rumble c/w Pacificadotdotdotdot
artworkSan Jose ex-patriot Vince Mutulo worked in the LA studio systems during the mid sixties. The a-side of this single is a very infectious piano rocker with surf guitar rhythms and the sound of the surf too. The b-side is much less inspired.
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Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very interesting surf tune. Many of the vintage surf bands used pianos, not Farfisas like so many of the new bands. The piano was a rhythmic melody instrument... listen to The Chantays' "Pipeline" or Dick Dale & his Del-tones' "Miserlou." This band clearly had the surf sound down, as is evident in the backing to this piano lead tune. Most unusual and cool. It is not the same tune as Jon & the Nightriders (natch - that was written in the eighties). Vince and the Waikiki Rumblers was fronted by Vince Mutulo from San Jose, who also was involved in the recording of Paul Revere and the Raiders' infectious "Like Long Hair."

Pacifica dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Pacifica" is a slow moving near-exotica exercise with piano lead and easy percussion. It's very pretty and romantic, and nothing at all like its infectious a-side.