One of the greatest instrumental surf groups did not even hail from America. The Atlantics, despite their name, were an Australian combo who not only emulated the sound of California surf music, but ranked among its very best practitioners. Featuring a reverb-heavy, extremely "wet" sound, the Atlantics attacked original material, standards, and movie themes with a nervy blend of precision and over-the-top intensity. As in Dick Dale's music, touches of Middle Eastern influences can be detected in the rhythms of melodies (some members of the group claimed Greek and Egyptian heritage). Their second single, "Bombora," went to the top of the Australian charts in 1963, and the follow-up, "The Crusher," was also a big hit. But Beatlemania spelled commercial death for the Atlantics, as it did for U.S. surf combos, in 1964 and 1965. After several albums and a few more equally fine instrumental singles, the Atlantics became a vocal group in the last half of the '60s, but are most renowned for their instrumental recordings. Richie Unterberger All Music .com
1 Boys (Unreleased) 2 Moon Man 3 Dark Eyes 4 Bombora 5 Greensleeves 6 Adventures in Paradise 7 Gremlin King 8 Glassy Walls 9 Turista 10 Surfers Paradise
11 Blue Bottles 12 World Is Waiting for the Sunrise 13 Free Fall 14 Crusher 15 Hootenanny Stomp 16 Coral Island 17 Tequilla Stomp 18 Tahitian Waters 19 Teddy Bears Picnic Stomp 20 Gremlin from the Kremlin 21 Shark Attack 22 SOS (Stomp on Stomp)
23 Stompede 24 Arabian Surf 25 Stomping Time
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