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Joe Weed and the Vultures - The Vulturesdot
artworkIt's all been done before. No, it's not trad arrangements, but it's all over done standards performed in a sterile acoustic fashion with none of the evident humor of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra's "Walk, Don't Run", the California Guitar Trio's "Pipeline", Z'ev's "Hawaii 5-0", or even the endearing tweakiness of the Bombay Beach Boys' "Pipeline". Joe Weed is backed up by Norton Buffalo, David Grissman, Rob Ickes, and Todd Phillips. I think Joe had this nostalgia idea on his acoustic guitar, at least that's what the local press detailed. He is among those who think every instrumental he liked as a kid in the sixties is a surf instro, and that if he plays 'em with name dudes, it'll be cool. For my taste, Joe missed the mark completely. The whole CD is little more than a curiosity. Nice try, but no cigar. Joe Weed & the Vultures use acoustic guitar, and other folkie instruments (dobro, accordion, mandolin, harmonica, and various percussion).
Picks: Pipeline, Apache, Sleepwalk, Wipe Out

Track by Track Review

Pipeline dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cover of "Pipeline" pales compared to any of the other acoustic versions, from the California Guitar Trio to the Chantays, or even the endearing Indian tweakiness of the Bombay Beach Boys. Not terribly original, and not very interesting either.

Apache dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Even as over covered songs go, "Apache" requires a fresh face to stand out. Using acoustic instruments is unusual, but the effect is a one-time listen. It doesn't hold up.

Sleepwalk dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Sleepwalk" has been done to death. Not may acoustic versions, but then, so what. Like the other tracks, it's just not interesting.

Wipe Out dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Next! "Wipeout" doesn't work either.