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The Woodies - Swimmin' In The Reverbdotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis cassette was issued long before the album saw a final mix and sequencing. It's different than both the final product and the prototype "Smell The Wood" CD-R.
Picks: Maverick's, Surfin' With Bernie, If It Swells (Ride It), Zorba's Last Ride, Midnight Ride, Little Dume, The Swami, Chief Bigwood, Agent Woodrow, Spanish Word, K-55

Track by Track Review

Maverick's dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This dark and powerful track celebrates the fast and dangerous ride on a wave racing towards the rocks. You can just see a rider on a short board shredding back and forth across the face, all the while watching the approaching rocks, trying to get every last zig out of the wave before cutting back at the last possible minute. Great track.

Surfin' With Bernie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lumbering tom tom playfulness, like Ben Vaughn doing John Anderson tunes while chopping onions. Playful, percussive, and enjoyable. The chorus uttered a few times is "Dead Beat Dad."

If It Swells (Ride It) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A marvelously written modern surf classic, precisely written as if it were 1963, but it's not. Melodic, chunky, and oozing stormy swells just off the lighthouse at Steamer Lane. Cool.

Zorba's Last Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Fiddler On The Wave Surf (Instrumental)

Northern California:
From the fertile mind of Rick Escobar comes one of those mergers that leaves you saying of course. Take the nineties best trad surf bad, make 'em do the Greek line dance and yell "Hey!" a lot, and through in some Greek folk changes, and you have what should have been done eons ago. Totally wonderful!

Midnight Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the opening horror laugh, this ominous track reeks of monsters riding the waves after dark, haunting the surf, and stalking the unsuspecting.

Little Dume dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Closing out side one is a great sounding track from my favorite Woodies, a song they've played for a few years now called "Little Dume" It's a wonderful tune, and this version is quite inviting, capturing your attention wholly while you play the disc.

The Swami dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a sitar peaking out of the mix, Rick Escobar Y pals chunk out a grand surf epic that just oozes caravans of spice traders on the road to Morocco. This speedy powerful and melodic shredder will make even the sleepiest camel bow to Mecca and pray for surf!

Chief Bigwood dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This surf number delivers the best possible combination of the Indian instro ethic and trad surf. It is ominous and proud, melodic and strong, rhythmic and enchanting. A great track, and a great name too...

Agent Woodrow dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Spy (Instrumental)

The best trad surf band the Bay Area has ever seen, and among the best world wide, The Woodies embodied everything that traditional surf was, but did it with Rick Escobar's amazing writing. They almost got signed to AVI last year. Alas, they broke up recently. This track was recorded in '95 at an event Robert Emmett and I co-hosted called Psychotronic Surf. The crowd's reaction at the end tells all. They were great! RIP!

Spanish Word dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Occasionally known as "Fajita Sunrise," this spunky and pretty track oozes Mexican scenes, señoritas on the shore, waves off Baja, and a spicy taqueria. For the album, Rick brought in a Mariachi trumpet player to enhance the already splendid song.

K-55 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Simply stunning! Exotic bongos and slow slithering bass lines under the most romantic midnight walk on the beach down in Baja somewhere. The melody line is sensuous and the tones are all gentle and breezy and magical. This MUST appear on the soundtrack of some romance, or at least in a love scene somewhere. Quentin, are you out there?