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The Von Rippers - Confidentialdotdotdot
artworkThis is the first release from the Von Rippers. Covers abound, but they have adapted them all to their unique sound, in some cases completely changing the songs' intents. Powerful and well played, and interesting listening. The sound is murky, which in some cases works, and in others hides a great performance.
Picks: Miser Lou, Apache, Skaterdater, Harlem Nocturne, Peepshow, Jack the Ripper, Endless Summer, 00 1/2, Spanish Blue, Telestar

Track by Track Review

Miser Lou dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Miser Lou" swirls in a sub psychedelic swirl, eerily awash in reverb and echo. While somewhat murky sounding, the distant exotic ambiance gives it a magnetic quality.

Apache dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an aggressive grind-fest assault on Jerry Lordan's "Apache." Power, string slides, and a slab of energy. Under the drive, it retains the delicate melody and draw of this fine tune.

Skaterdater dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Dark sustained fuzz delivers a careful nod to King Fuzz. I imagine this is quite powerful live, as it certainly drives hard and flows with intense energy. Cool track.

Harlem Nocturne dotdotdot
Detective (Instrumental)

Earl Hagen's great melody is given a choppy treatment with harsh rhythm guitar chords interfering with the melody. The lead, bass and drums work together, creating an appropriately mystical sound, while the rhythm guitar seems at odds with its harsh chop attack, in part due to mix issues.

Peepshow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a melody very close to "Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets," "Peepshow" presents a liquid line that rides across a wave crest in the warm sun. Quite a nice track.

Jack the Ripper dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very nice version of Link Wray's "Jack the Ripper." The band balances between the screaming intensity expected and the throbbing vibrato that lurks in the chords. Big and very cool, though much more sock than surf.

Endless Summer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little on the fast side, this echoed arrangement gives the tune a lost feeling. The Von Rippers ignore the Sandals original arrangement with different textures and sounds. The drums are so murky, they almost sound cardboard, yet add to the effect.

00 1/2 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Screaming spy modes and harsh guitaristry, howling night time danger, and escapes across the Berlin wall. Very intense and loud.

Spanish Blue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Aqua Velvets's "Spanish Blue" comes under extreme alteration, with harsh echoed guitar and drums. Murky, brooding, and dark, this treatment totally changes Miles Corbin's original idea. Quite a shock, yet magnetic.

Telestar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Using the actual spelling of the name of the satellite, the Von Rippers change the orbital path of this classic Joe Meek tune. A countdown launches the band into a double picked frenzy, yielding to a shiny melodic surf performance. Quite nice.