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Terry "Buffalo" Ware - Ridin' The Reverb Rangedotdotdotdot
artworkAlbum number two from Terry "Buffalo" Ware finds him much deeper into the surf idiom while retaining his country roots. The writing seems much more developed to me, and the rhythms and melodies much more surfable. While this is not straight surf, there is a lot for a surf fan here, not the least of which is very fine playing and writing delivered through well thought out arrangements.
Picks: Galactic Orphan (Meek's Shadow), Belmont Blues, Snownado, The Passion, Clear Bay Glide, Me and Mr. Z, Chopper / Fender Bender, Desert Solitaire, Buffaroo (Homage To Don Rich), Buster's Panic, You Don't Have Say You Love Me, Bob Goes To Spy School

Track by Track Review


Galactic Orphan (Meek's Shadow) dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very surfable cowboy song with a very good melody line and great damped rhythm. Glissandoes and coastal highway rhythms make "Galactic Orphan (Meek's Shadow)" a very friendly song. From the title, I expected a hybrid of Joe Meek and the Shadows, but it's not at all like that. The break sports an organ. A fine song.

Belmont Blues dotdotdot
Surf Blues (Instrumental)

Aquatic chords and bluesy guitar lines float above a soulful organ. The bass plays a great low down line, and the drums provide a precision slow beat. Think blues for the beach on a sad rainy day.

Snownado dotdotdotdot
Surf Twango (Instrumental)

This is a fast song with a big twang melody riff and a pumpin' surfable rhythm. There's a lot of energy here, and a sense of straight forward motion. The slide guitar lines link it to the country, and the organ to rock 'n' roll. Fun track.

The Passion dotdotdot
Surf Cuisin (Instrumental)

Slide guitar softly floats an introductory line before the slow vibrato lead guitar takes over. "The Passion" is a little like a cross between Duane Eddy and the Dirty Blues Band (with the amazing Glenn Ross Campbell on lap steel). The slide guitar also carries the break It's a very pretty song.

Clear Bay Glide dotdotdotdot
Crystalline Surf (Instrumental)

Aqua-chords bring forth a subdued song of soft surf at sunset. With a touch of the countryside, "Clear Bay Glide" is a very pleasing track. gentle and nicely written, with liquid guitar lines and pristine sound.

Me and Mr. Z dotdotdotdot
Floating Surf (Instrumental)

"Me and Mr. Z" is an interesting track that blends some of the surfers play surf music sounds with the real thing, and some country and some gentle rock. The piano is very becoming, bringing in a genuine warmth. Simply a nice track.

Chopper / Fender Bender dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

A pair of Davie Allan songs are reverently cut. Where King Fuzz made them totally grodie, Terry Ware gives them a more even handed and smooth sound, but doesn't take away from the biker ethic in the process. This twosome is quite god.

Desert Solitaire dotdotdot
Desert Country (Instrumental)

This is a beautiful song with a warm country melody line. Written by Susan Hyde-Holmes, "Desert Solitaire" moves gently through a cactus landscape with optimism and a sense of open space. Very pretty.

Buffaroo (Homage To Don Rich) dotdotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

If the title doesn't tell enough, then perhaps knowing that Don Rich was lead guitarist for Buck Owens and his Buckaroos, with credit on many an instro, most notably the impeccably written "Buckaroo." With the bounce and infectious rhythm of "Buckaroo," Terry "Buffalo" Ware pays tribute to a fine country guitarist with a song full of reverent licks.

Buster's Panic dotdotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

That Buster must have ridden a wave or two, 'cuz "Buster's Panic" sports damped rhythms and glissandoes, and a surfable country lead riff. This is a splendid song, with a lead melody not unlike some of the Sandals faster songs. Tribal tom toms and glassy walls on a hot August afternoon seen beneath the brim of a Stetson for the first time. Very cool!

You Don't Have Say You Love Me dotdot
Country Pop (Instrumental)

Who was it, Dusty Springfield? Country slow and emotional, "You Don't Have Say You Love Me" is nicely done.

Bob Goes To Spy School dotdotdot
Lumbering Cool (Instrumental)

Not as much spy as you might think, but enough to make "Bob Goes To Spy School" a fitting title. The melody rides above a slowish almost lumbering beat and bass line. You can almost imagine this becoming a reggae song. A nice way to end a solid album.