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Drew Weaver And The Alvarados - Good Ain't For Gooddotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a splendid CD from one of the great and bands, Drew Weaver And The Alvarados. Three grand instrumentals are tucked in between fourteen vocals in Drew's unique style. His writing continues to be demented in a way that connects with a grin. It could easily be argued that Drew Weaver was the first to create surfabilly as a style back in the beginning of the surf revival, even before Snake-Out. "Midnight Wind," "Lovers Graveyard," and "Too Hot For Hell" remind me of Drew's legendary earlier bands The Vibrabeams, The El Caminos, and The Surf Piranhas. So, while you only get three surf instros, you also get a solid slab of very cool vocal material.
Picks: Vaquero, Casbah, Stakeout On Alvarado

Track by Track Review

Vaquero dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a reverent and cowboy fun version of The Fireballs' "Vaquero." Its spunk and rhythm, and cowboy beat romp with fun, and the hand claps and exuberant shouts add raucous vaquero imagery. Great drums and rich surf guitar!

Casbah dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Richard Podolor's song is done with more warmth, whammy, and rhythmic texture than the grand original. The drum break is all Sandy Nelson, with only mic placement and production separating the two. Very strong. The whammy chords and occasional reverb nudges from Mel's guitar are superb. Excellent!

Stakeout On Alvarado dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Traffic passes while the officers exchange comments and drink cold coffee until the rich tremolo comes on, followed by delay expanded dribbling double picked guitar. There's big drama here, and rich surf tone. The melody is more spy in the rain than detective on the hunt, but "Stakeout On Alvarado" while the guitar tone and chords are private eye jazz all the way. The horn section finishes this off. This is a fine track.