Now and Then

Now and Then

by The Tornadoes


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Now and Then

A mountainous collection, Now and Then is the aptly titled story of a band that has been kicking around since the early '60s, and that still sounds as vital today as it did back then. No less than 29 tracks take the group from a clutch of tracks recorded back in 1962 -- "Bustin' Surfboards," "Beyond the Surf," and both sides of the remarkable "The Gremmie" single -- into a handful of similarly themed sessions with engineer Frank Zappa and on to the twin delights of 1964's "Phantom Surfer"/"Shootin' Beavers" single. Now and Then cuts from there, as did the band, to the mid-'90s and the Tornadoes' dramatic return to action: five previously released live cuts from 1995 lead up to Bustin' Surfboards '98, and further live and unreleased studio recordings bring the story up to 2005. All of which adds up to an album that could have been recorded at any time in the past 40 years, and isn't ashamed to admit it; "Old Surfer Blues," from 1997, is one of the funniest teenaged laments you've ever heard an older man sing, while the band's grip on classic rock & roll material (a Presley medley, "Yakkety Yak") reveals a versatility that makes a mockery of the band's reputation as single-minded surfers. The album's refusal to offer more than a passing nod to chronology does dent the listening pleasure a little -- the classic '60s material, for example, is stuck smack in the center, while the 1997 album peels out on either side of it. But when that's the biggest complaint one can come up with, you know you're in the presence of greatness.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/21/2005
Label: Crossfire
UPC: 0723850950126
catalogNumber: 9501
Rank: 140087

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tornadoes   Primary Artist
Greg Russo   Keyboards
Jerry Walker   Keyboards
Joel Willenbring   Saxophone
Leonard Delaney   Percussion,Drums,Maracas,Tambourine,Triangle
Gerald Sanders   Bass,Bass Guitar,Vocals,Shouts
Jesse Sanders   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals,cowbell,Vocal Harmony
George White   Saxophone,Tambourine,Vocals
Paul Johnson   Guitar
Roly Sanders   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Fogerty   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Augie Meyers   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Frank Zappa   Composer,Engineer
Scott Newton   Cover Photo
Mike Stoller   Composer
Greg Russo   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Dave Aerni   Composer,Producer
Dorinda Morgan   Composer
Leonard Delaney   Composer
Gerald Sanders   Composer
Jesse Sanders   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
Anita Steiman   Composer
Georges Boulanger   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Paul Johnson   Producer
Robert Thiele   Composer

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