|Supertones, Surf Music Rules The Universe
Various Golly Gee Releases
Surf music rules the universe and The Supertones are its royal ambassadors. Robert Silverstein, editor of 20th Century Guitar Magazine, says; "The Supertones are great. Clearly one of the best American, and the entire world's, guitar-based instrumental bands." Digitally remixed and remastered and back by populat demand are the two seminal albums "The Wet Set" and "The Wild Twang", combined on one CD "The Supertones Are Go!" - with an additonal 3 previously unreleashed bonus tracks - an ideal chance for any of you yet to be convinced to sample their earlier albums on this compilation of remarkable quality. It's not just the playing, or indeed the strong material, but the sympathetically appropriate range of sounds they use on each track. These guys clearly care about capturing the sound of the '60s, and they do it really well. This is a classy album you will play right through, over and over again.
The Supertones, a New York City-based instrumental quartet, have been playing around NYC for the past ten years at places like The Greatest Bar on Earth, Luna Lounge, Wetlands, The Rodeo Bar, Manitoba's and Don Hill's, and recently added a semiannual tour of Puerto Rico to their performance schedule. The Supertones compositions are also featured in reknowned surf documentarist, Bud Browne's recent movies including Surfing in the 50s, Cavalcade of Surf and Locked In. So belly up to the whammy bar and enjoy more Golly Gee releases of The Supertones!
"Surf Fever 2000" is a great 20 track collection that features a plethora of originals along with some oft covered classics (among them "The Lonely Bull", "'Exodus", "A Taste of Honey", "'Perfidia", "Movin", "Baja" and "A Hard Day's Night"). With so many Herb Alpert tunes on it I'm surprised they aren't on the new Wildebeest Records tribute CD. The sound is nice and thick with excellent pickin' (reverb applied in all the right places) and a top-notch performance from the rhythm section.
"The Big Wet Twang", is the bandís first record from 1990-91 which has never been released on CD before. Early versions of some of the "Ride The Wild Twang" tracks rub shoulders with other gems such as the punchy surfer "Pugsakuk", the Sandals influenced "Victory at Sea", and the two surf ballads that close the set: "El Rollo" and "Got Me A Hankeriní Marvin". Another for the collectors that's for sure.
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And if you still can't enough, here's a fabulous surf compilation album for you, "War of the Surf Guitars". The best surf instro CD of the year with 32 tracks of the coolest Surf music from Golly Gee Records and Double Crown Records. With almost 80 minutes of music from 15 of today's hottest Surf Instro bands - You need to own this disc. Includes songs from: The Supertones, The Apemen, Big Ray and The Futuras, The Boss Martians, The Coffin Daggers, The Del-Vamps, Estrume'n'tal, The Footstompin Trio, The Honkeys, Johnny and The Shamen, The Krontjong Devils, The Penetrators, Ralph Rebel, The Retroliners, Untamed Youth and The Volcanos."
Enjoy lots of soundsamples and reviews from Pipeline Magazine, Razorcake Magazine, 20th Century Guitar, New Gandy Dancer, Reverb Central, The Continetal, Garage And Beat, Blue Suede News, and many more on the excellent Golly Gee Records website.
Compiled by The BlackCat from various sources