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The Windows - STdotdotdot
artworkThe Windows are dead set on replicating the eleki surf sounds of '65 in Japan. These recordings show a band with a great deal of power and fire in their belly. Many of these tracks would be monsters, except for one thing. These great performances are dumbed down in lo-fi ambient recordings that are very low resolution and distorted, sapping the life out of them. Oh please, the Windows really deserve a great studio session.
Picks: High Tide, Squad Car, Bikini Bra In The Surf, Surf Bound, XL-3, Time Bomb, Bombora, Devil Racers, Ali Baba, Gypsy Surfer, Mag Wheels, Falseta, Pipeline '65, Misirlou

Track by Track Review


High Tide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an appropriately rousing cover of the Lively Ones' "High Tide" in indiscrete mono. Its spirit is high, and its powered stark. Great energy and liquid whammy, coupled with spitting guitar.

Squad Car dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson's "Squad Car" is done with fire and spunk, though the ambient sound subdues what is an otherwise high energy performance. A pulled note in the opening gives a tentative feeling, but that is quickly forgotten as The Windows pump out the track.

Bikini Bra In The Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pumping and fiery track with a cool melody line and lots of fast picking. "Bikini Bra In The Surf" is just too much fun. It's the sort of track that begs for a decent studio session. This would scream for control in hi resolution sound.

Surf Bound dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Nevegans' superb "Surf Bound" is ably played with fire and exuberant shouts of "hey." This is a very rousing performance with a real sense of the original, but amped up.

XL-3 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Phantoms' classic "XL-3" is very well done, with screaming guitar work and a great rhythm section. Nice to hear this seldom covered instro powered out.

Time Bomb dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Avengers VI's often covered "Time Bomb" is played with raucous abandon here. It's a rousing performance in murky ambient sound.

Bombora dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The ambient sound soaks all of the obvious fire out of this cover of the Original Surfaris' "Bombora." The performance is great - very vintage. Solid power and fire underlay the sound. The keys are really quite effective here.

Devil Racers dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Devil Racers" is dirty and nasty, with more power than melody. It's an aggressive performance with lots of flair and great drumming.

Ali Baba dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of my favorite obscuros is Dave and the Customs' "Ali Baba." This is very true to the intent of the single, with flying guitar lines, rising power, and ample spunk.

Gypsy Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Virtually no one has covered this Avantis' track. The Windows give it a solid go in much the same fashion as the single. Big flair and a soaring break.

Mag Wheels dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This classic is overlooked and in need of a really tuff cover. The Windows use Dick's original arrangement to great effect. This has to really hot live.

Falseta dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Falseta" is a tuff track with great surf cred and splashy guitars. The drums are wonderful, as are the guitar and bass work. A thoroughly aggressive and powerful song.

Pipeline '65 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big throbbing tremolo gnarl bring on this ultra trashy version of Brian Carmen and Bob Spickard's classic. Reverbs crash throughout. A monster in waiting.

Misirlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Imagine that, a hard driving fire breathing very Dick Dale cover of Nicolas Roubanis' "Misirlou." Simply hot!