Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock
DRAGGIN? THE WAVES!!! Sundazed unveils our second thunderous batch of exact-album CD reissues chronicling the big ?60s roar of West Coast surf ?n? hot rod! Original copies of these ultra-scarce albums have skyrocketed in v... more »
DRAGGIN? THE WAVES!!! Sundazed unveils our second thunderous batch of exact-album CD reissues chronicling the big ?60s roar of West Coast surf ?n? hot rod! Original copies of these ultra-scarce albums have skyrocketed in value in recent years, and Sundazed has been granted the rare opportunity to liberate the original masters from the vaults of Capitol Records to give this groundbreaking music the royal treatment it deserves! The three exceedingly rare original Mr. Gasser & the Weirdos albums ? Hot Rod Hootenanny, Rods n? Rat Finks and Surfink! ? showcase the legendary artwork and sounds of hot-rod kustom-kulture king-pin Ed "Big Daddy" Roth along with some of the West Coast?s most frighteningly-talented studio heroes, including Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole, James Burton, Hal Blaine, Steve Douglas, Earl Palmer and more! The Knights? Hot Rod High and the Kickstands? Black Boots and Bikes showcase the stunning talent of leader/arranger/performer Gary Usher and his posse of studio buddies, while the Ghouls? Dracula?s Deuce spotlights Usher as session-leader, the cavernous reverb guitar of Richie Podolor, plus the unique sounds of studio-mavens Bill Cooper, Hal Blaine, Dick Burns and many others! Each disc features fully-restored vintage album artwork, dead-accurate mastering from the original analog reels, plus new liner notes by West Coast music authority Stephen McParland. It?s a BIG-ACTION round-up of vintage SURF ?N? HOT ROD SOUNDS!
Great surf-rock filtered through campy horror would-be novel
Bill Wikstrom | Long Island, NY | 11/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Ghouls was a Capitol Records in-band-name-only project of producer/songwriter Gary Usher (sometime co-writer with Brian Wilson in the early 60's) featuring Richard Polodor on guitar and Rick Burns on vocals. Rick Burns sings (or talk-sings in a style not too dissimilar to "Monster Mash") faux early Beach Boys songs like "Be True To Your Ghoul" and "Dracula's Deuce" which establishes the mid-60's campy horror theme of the album. These tracks do their job just fine in creating a silly throwaway novelty theme.
However, unassumingly, six of the the twelve tracks (in fact every other track) are great, moody and very effective instrumental surf-rock songs. "Dracula's Theme" is perhaps one of the very finest slow surf rock numbers of it's kind. So good in fact that it's a shame it was released on an album such as this where the audience who'd actually appreciate it would probably never actually hear it.
"Coffin Nails", "Voo Doo Juice" and the very cool and exceptional "Weird Wolf" are variations on the reverb guitar with lots of moody organ. "Blood & Butter" and "Shake Rattle & Rot" incorporate saxophone into the mix. As for the remaining novelty-numbers "Bela Be Good" (Johnny B. Goode), "Little Old Lady From Transylvania" (Pasadena) and the "Graveyard Shift" (with a trippy little oragan solo) all make much use of the phrase "grave undertaking".
Even if you've no interest in the actual album you've gotta love the psychedelic cover art with the priceless photos of Dracula posing by his wheels. Very recommended for those so inclined."