Warner Bros.
Pop/Rock, Early Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Surf

Album Review

Jack Nitzsche had one brush with greatness early in his career, apart from his job as Phil Spector's arranger -- "The Lonely Surfer," a classic of the surf music genre. This album attempted to extend his solo career beyond that of a one-hit wonder, with mixed success. The best cuts are songs that are in the same surfer mold: "Puerto Vallarta," "Baja," and "Beyond the Surf." Nitzsche had a gift for melodramatic, ascending arrangements that rose to dramatic crescendos, underpinned by rumbling basslines and clanging percussion. Less successful are a super-slow take on "Da Doo Ron Ron" and remakes of easy listening and soundtrack hits such as "Ebb Tide" and "More," which are given a precious sheen of strings. The one exception is a rather rocking version of Elmer Bernstein's "Magnificent Seven," which sounds like it was made for dancing. This is a pleasant, if not exceptional, set of music for fans of surf instrumentals.
Mary Grady, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. The Lonely Surfer
  2. Puerto Vallarta
  3. Stranger on the Shore
  4. Theme from "Women of the World"
  5. Old Town
  6. Ebb Tide
  7. Theme from "Mondo Cane" [More]
  8. The Magnificent Seven
  9. Baja
  10. Theme from a Broken Heart
  11. Beyond the Surf
  12. Da Doo Ron Ron
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