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Surfin' With The Astronauts/Everything Is A-OK! [2-on-1 CD]
Astronauts
Surfin' With The Astronauts/Everything Is A-OK! [2-on-1 CD]
Genres: Pop, Rock
 
  •  Track Listings (23) - Disc #1

If surf music's all-time heavyweight champions the Trashmen can hail from Minneapolis (where the lake swell wouldn't wipe out a canary), why shouldn't a landlocked cowabunga powerhouse emerge from Boulder, Colorado? That w...  more »

      
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All Artists: Astronauts
Title: Surfin' With The Astronauts/Everything Is A-OK! [2-on-1 CD]
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Collectables
Release Date: 10/21/1997
Genres: Pop, Rock
Styles: Oldies & Retro, Rock Guitarists
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 090431270721

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If surf music's all-time heavyweight champions the Trashmen can hail from Minneapolis (where the lake swell wouldn't wipe out a canary), why shouldn't a landlocked cowabunga powerhouse emerge from Boulder, Colorado? That would be the Astronauts, whose lead guitarist, Rich Fifield (with the aid of legendary L.A. producer David Hassinger) wrung from his axe the wettest reverb known to humanity. Workmanlike vocals are split between Fifield and bassist Stormy Patterson, but stellar versions of "Misirlou" and "Pipeline" on Surfin' that are what set the group apart from the pack. The second record included on this CD, A-OK, attempts a little genre splicing, surfing up versions of Trini Lopez's hit "If I Had a Hammer" and Buddy Holly's "It's So Easy." Surprisingly, the concept holds water. --Jud Cost
 

CD Reviews

2 ringing Fender lead guitars for crisp mid-60's surf/rock
07/15/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This group harkens back to simpler times when hot Fender Jaguars and Jazzmasters produced ringing rock and surf tunes. A polished group featuring twin lead guitars! Smooth as silk surf sounds and great cover songs of the mid-60's. A time when rock was pure and simple and ringing guitar instrumentals were "tough". Boulder, Colo based Astronauts toured campuses nationwide with their resume of great dance music. "Polished" best describes their act...heads above other campus based groups of the era, ie. Kingsmen etc. Fans of the early 60's campus touring bands sounds will love these CD's. Fender guitar fans will rejoice."
Rock At Its Best!
Dennis Fria | City By The Sea, TX United States | 06/25/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"As a lifelong fan of these guys I had to replace my worn out vinyl of these two LP's, which I purchased in 1963 and '64! Polished really doesn't describe their performances! Electric is more like it! Inspiration to a hundred "garage bands" these guys knew how to turn on a crowd. Incidentally, they were the No. 3 band in Japan for many years, right after the Beatles and the Ventures! This CD has some of the best Surf Genre music ever recorded - timeless! Buy it - you'll love it!"
The Best Surf Group---Ever.
Carl Beckmann | 03/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In the 60's every chance I had I would go to the University of Denver Student Union or Eliche's to dance to these guys. Unlike groups like the Beach Boys, The Astronauts were as good in person (actually better given the true sound)as on the LP's. Buy it if you like the surf sound, it won't disappoint."