Hi all - busy with Holy week so a quickie - as our tradition here at
FCCL get your religious groove on with one of the best surf tributes out
Easter - time for those who celebrate the occasion to
have something other than the standard pious muck to listen to. Grab
this and give to the minister, preacher, bishop, evangelist of your
choice and freak them out. Hey, now is your chance to "spread the word"
Phil Dirt:What a cool concept! Andrew Lloyd
Webber's controversial rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar goes to the
beach - mostly. 21 instrumentals and a handful of interesting vocals.
Most of the instros are surf. The whole package is well done. Vocal
tracks on this amazing CD include a delightful faux-pomp performance of
"Strange Things Mystifying" by Prawns With Horns, the traditional surf
backtracked "Simon Zeabotas" from Pipelines, the heavy garage fuzz and
organ pound of Babyshaker's "Damned For All Time / Blood Money," the
dry edged power of "The Arrest" from the HiFi Ramblers, and the Texas
heavy fuzz of Johnny Vortex's "Juda's Death." Phil DirtThe songs are
quite strongly melodic which play very well to the surf structure –
they stand up as instrumentals. I wind up adding the lyrics in my head.
One of the few tributes that stand out as a solid collection on it’s
own and in some ways – depending on your mood – improves on the
original. Get the original below and go with the flow on Easter,
however the wind blows.
1. Overture - Daikaiju2. Heaven On Their
Minds - Urban Surf Kings3. What's The Buzz - The Waistcoats4. Strange
Things Mystifying - Prawns with Horns5. Then We Are Decided -
Breakfastime6. Everything's Alright - Susan & Surftones7. This
Jesus Must Die - Atomic Mosquitos8. Hosanna - El Ray9. Simon Zealotas -
Pipelines10. Poor Jerusalem - Lava Rats11. Pilate's Dream - 3 Piece
Suit12. Temple, The - Ward 6913. I Don't Know How To Love Him - Crime
Factor Zero14. Damned For All Time/Blood Money - Babyshaker
Last Supper, The - Hypnotic IV16. Gethsemane (I Only Want To Say) -
Surfones17. Arrest, The - HiFi Ramblers18. Peter's Denial - Fabulous
Planktones19. Pilate & Christ - Capacitors20. King's Herod's Song -
Susan & Surftones21. Could We Start Again Please - Noseriders22.
Judas Death - Johnny Vortex23. Trial Before Pilate - The Supertones24.
Superstar - The Atlantics 225. Crucifixion - Longhorn Devils26. John
Nineteen Forty One – Aqualads
This is a new release, by a modern band, but the sound is brilliantly-made classic exotica. If you love the holy trinity of the genre: Martin Denny, Les Baxter, and Arthur Lyman, then this album is definitely for your ears. Most definitely the best exotica recording in a decade.These all-original compositions sound so clear and intoxicating you would swear they were a lost Martin Denny record. Instead, we have an ensemble performing exotica the way it was meant to be played - organically without synthesizers or computers.
There are some killer tracks. While this Swedish group has captured the *sound* of those great recordings, these aren't retreads of old standards. There's no "Bali Hai," "Yellow Bird," "Quiet Village" or "Hawaiian War Chant." Instead, Ixtahuele -- named for a group of Polynesian islands -- has written & recorded ten all-new instrumental numbers. And though the band and album are modern, the music is decidedly classic in feel.
Here's the test: Put Pagan Rites in a mix with classics by the masters, punch "random," and see if you notice when Ixtahuele is playing. It blends beautifully!
Buy Pagan Rites. Put on your aloha shirt and/or fez. Mix up a Mai-Tai. Relax, and let the exotic sounds of Ixtahuele take you away...
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