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The Chandelles “El Gato”

05/06/2011

A lost legend that’s now pretty easy to find on the Lost Legends Of Surf Guitar series and The Birth Of Surf, this is one of the greatest singles of surf’s first wave. The Road To Surfdom worked up a cover of it, but I’ve not yet been able to approach the blazing energy of the lead guitar. The Chandelles stay true to the basic I-IV-V structure that makes lesser early surf tracks fairly tedious, but this is one of the few really fast songs that doesn’t sound anything like Dick Dale.

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