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Album Review

Those who look on the music of The Surfers as a modern take on the surf music so popular in the late ‘50's and early ‘60's are really only seeing part of the picture. Indeed, some of the material on the album does move those types of sounds into new directions, but there is really a lot more going on here than that. Much of the material here is in a modern alternative vein, calling to mind such bands as Cracker and Matchbox Twenty. The music also has leanings in the direction of somewhat strange sounding progressive rock sort of sounds. One track, "Spill", comes across with metallic Black Sabbathish leanings combined with a punk retro sensibility. The full picture of that track comes across feeling quite a bit like an early Pink Floyd mode. The album's closer, "Two Gether" has a pretty piano based neo-classical intro and is a great lovely ballad that gets just a little weird at times. In fact, there are really only three cuts that are pervaded by surf music tendencies. Those numbers are "Going", "Not Your Slave" and "Anything From You". The general feeling there is a total modern take on a faithful rendition of the classic surf sound. In other words, they bring that sound up to date. The group has an amazing versatility, blending retro sounds with modern and even neo-classical textures all with an ease and skill that is really impressive.

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Surf Music for the 21st century (a little early)

Songs From the Pipe blows any other surfer-turned-musician recording effort out of the water (sorry) by a wide margin. Producer T-Bone Burnett should really be given equal credit though, as he was largely responsible for taking somewhat average, though heartfelt songs and surrounding them with incredibly rich, atmospheric production. An amazing cast of musicians, including Jim Keltner, Joe Henry, Jon Brion, Greg Cohen, Patrick Warren, Marc Ribot and Greg Leisz lent their talents to the project.
Ironically, Slater, Machado and King probably didn't have a clue what T-Bone was cooking up or even who was playing on the album, as they were only dropping by briefly during breaks on the pro surfing tour circuit to contribute their parts. I hope they were happy, as the result is a beautiful work that takes surf music into the 21st century in a big way. It is one of the only albums in recent memory that left me totally in awe and compelled to play it over and over again. It also made me want to get out in the water!

toes on the noes

so mellow, so smooth, if you are not wishing you are surfing, you will be


I first heard about this CD one night many, many years ago when Kelly Slater was on Loveline with Adam Carolla and I bought it on a whim (because I LOVE Kelly Slater) and I totally fell in love with it. I was living in Huntington at the time and it just made living there so much better listening to this CD in my apartment. I still love this CD and am glad to see it getting props on iTunes!!

Songs from the Pipe, The Surfers
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  • $10.89
  • Genres: Alternative, Music, Pop, Rock, Surf
  • Released: Jul 29, 1997

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