CD Surfbeat Behind the Iron Curtain, Vol. 1 (CD 658010), Audio Other
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Surfbeat Behind the Iron Curtain, Vol. 1

  • 1. Pe Linga Plopii Fara Sot
    2. Beginning of Autumn
    3. Theme from Unfinished Symphony
    4. Komandosi
    5. Saint, The - The Eliminators
    6. Return of Gemini
    7. Sputniks Thema
    8. African Guitar - The Thunderbirds
    9. Nocny Alarm - The Alarm
    10. Crazy Guitars
    11. Leicht Verdreht - Trocadero Sextett
    12. Bumble Beat, The
    13. Corso
    14. Lucifer in Coelis
    15. Twistin Safari - The Thunderbirds
    16. Aladin - Theo Schumann Combo
    17. Take Blya Moja
    18. In Gara la Leordeni
    19. Werwo's Rock
    20. Colorado - Constellations
    21. Javalins Rock - The Javalins
    22. Melodie Fur Barbara
    23. Wipe Out - The Eliminators
    24. Coach, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1057

  • Credits

    Recorded between 1963 & 1966. Includes liner notes by Harry Vee.
    This is part of Archive International's Planetary Pebbles series.
    Just when you think you've heard it all, along comes this compilation of '60s surf/instrumental rock from behind the Iron Curtain -- a scene that was barely even known to have existed, and whose bands were rarely given the opportunity to even record. Actually, the title is a bit of a misnomer, as 11 of the 24 tracks are actually from non-Communist countries, including West Germany, Japan, Italy, Holland, and the U.K. It's all still damn rare stuff, and surprisingly good, especially when you consider that when the Iron Curtain bands recorded, they usually had to do so on state-owned labels. This nonetheless holds up pretty well against the better instrumental guitar rock from the era, and is not so much influenced by surf music as by the Ventures, the Shadows, and the Tornados. The production (particularly for the Eastern European bands) can be primitive, but the playing can be hot, especially from the Japanese T. Terauchi, the East German Die Sputniks, and the Romanian Sincron. Acts from Poland and Czechoslovakia are also represented; the Czech Slava Kunst Orchestra has to be the weirdest (and most ridiculous) of the lot, with their berserk hybrid of twist rock, nonsense vocals, and wedding dance-band music. That track aside, this is actually a respectable compilation that's not solely of novelty value. ~ Richie Unterberger

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