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Wild Sammy and the Royaltones - Speed Crazydotdotdot
artworkThis CD contains very high energy intense music from Wild Sammy and the Royaltones that is unfortunately buried in mostly awful substandard sound, varying from a Walkman backstage sound to super saturated analog, with occasionally better sound that's only bad. This is really frustrating, and unlike most lo-fi releases, which usually contain low quality playing and writing as well. This surfband is great, with inspired playing and breakneck speed. Some tracks would truly rule in a clean recording. If you're a lo-fi trash surf fan, you're gonna love it. If you aren't, move on down the line.
Picks: Wild Datsun, 280 Z, Royal Tones No. 1, Aoi Hoshikuzu, Road Runner, Echo Rocket 66, Genroku Wave, Jet-GT, Pipeline, Running Donkey, The L.A., Eleki Heiankyou, Wild Jet Beach, Tsugaru Jyongarabushi

Track by Track Review

Wild Datsun dotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

Race that engine boys! Trashy sound and thrashy riff rockin' surf effected grind with chumpy organ and intense guitar assaults. Also done by the Royal Fingers.

280 Z dotdotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

Despite the trashy sound, this rocks intensely and powers with reverb on 11. Tuff, fast, and manic, with wild guitar action! Also called "Burning 240Z" by the Royal Fingers.

Royal Tones No. 1 dotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

Garage trash organ and big echoed guitar presented through uncomfortable tube-distorted audio. The melody line is catchy, but the sound is just too annoying.

Aoi Hoshikuzu dotdotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

"Aoi Hoshikuzu" is an interesting tune, with cool guitar lines and an infectious hook, which is all but totally negated by the dreadful audio.

Road Runner dotdotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

This is a high speed cover of the Road Runnah' single, with lots of trashy charm. Despite the cheap sound, this track is way fun and hard rockin'.

Echo Rocket 66 dotdotdotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

Count down to an explosion of reverb. The Royal Fingers' "Echo Rocket 66" is infectious, sporting a ska rhythm and lots of splashy picking. A great surf tune for sure, and well worth the price of admission. All this fine work shows through despite the substandard audio.

Genroku Wave dotdotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

A Euro style melody line, a manic rhythm track, trashy sound, and a jerky break, and guess what! It still rocks! Interesting ideas and lots of intensity.

Jet-GT dotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

Intense surf attack riff rockin' ultra trashed out bathroom sound. Youthful exuberance and high energy glissandoes do not overcome the Walkman-at-the-bar sound.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

Hard driving and very intense, this is one fiery performance of "Pipeline." The boom box sound dampens the experience considerable, but the power and drive come through enough to make this an intense listening experience.

Running Donkey dotdotdotdotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

Yuzo Kayama and the Launchers' amazing "Running Donkey" is driven hard, reverbed out, trashed and splashed, and brought full front with ultra intense guitar. Yikes, this is powerful. Imagine if it was well recorded!

The L.A. dotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

The Royal Fingers' tune "The L.A." is made mean and reverbier, with

Eleki Heiankyou dotdotdotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

This exotic tune is well developed, mysterious, middle eastern, and very interesting. Trashy, rhythmic, with exotic percussion and great double picked guitar, and improved sound, "Eleki Heiankyou" is an intense adventurous experience.

Wild Jet Beach dotdotdotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

Thrashy frat rockin' surf with lost of surfisms and hard driving guitar work. very intense and infectious, though not melodic. Double picking, big note bending power, and intense glissandoes. Yikes!

Tsugaru Jyongarabushi dotdot
Trash Surf (Instrumental)

Big Oriental twang, dramatic structure, and saturated sound. It would be great if not so overdriven.