Susan & The Surftones have released a CD that's proof positive that
they are much more than just a cover band. "The Originals…" is just
that, fourteen songs that are nothing but original material. Granted,
the group has done many covers, what surf-instro group hasn't? This
album was put together to prove a point. The point is well taken.
I make no bones about it… I love this group. If they are doing a cover
or an original, they rock. Their fans love it when they do the classics
live. And what is more important than pleasing your fans? This CD
will please more than just loyal fans; it will turn the heads of everyone
in the music community and make them realize what kind of talent this group has.
"Deep Blue Goodbye" is so sweet. Susan Yasinski's (lead guitar) guitar
is driven and rhythmic, and the saxophone is exquisite. They really
should think about adding more brass to their repertoire. Saxophone
really gives more oomph and substance to song, especially in this
genre. "Space Spider" is a real rocker; it stands as a great example
of what a tight knit unit the Surftones are. Susan is the captain
of the ship, but she wouldn't be able to steer it without her bandmates.
"Spanish Wave" is a tasty live cut to give you a sample of the atmosphere
of a live performance. They picked a great song to present to new
and old fans alike. Those particular songs really stood out as outstanding
in my opinion, although I enjoyed every track with equal amounts of
pleasure and satisfaction.
This is a great victory for Susan & The Surftones. The original music
was always there to be appreciated amongst their catalog; I guess
it takes a collection like this to really make people notice what
they are about. That's just fine with me; I loved every minute of it!
1. Blue Hammer
2. Stinger 67
3. Tiki Kiki
5. Clam Digger
6. Spaghetti Beach
8. Spanish Wave (Live)
9. Beat Rider
10. Barbados Twist
12. Deep Blue Goodbye
13. Space Spider
14. The Blue Hammer