Two Sides of the Chantays/Pipeline

Two Sides of the Chantays/Pipeline

by The Chantays


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Two Sides of the Chantays/Pipeline

Two Chantays albums on one CD, comprising much of the surf band's early '60s repertory. The "Move It" that opens the disc is not the Cliff Richard song but a slower, raunchier number with vocal choruses carrying a lot of the melody. "Maybe Baby" is the Buddy Holly song, however, and the group does a decent job of singing it. Unfortunately, not a lot of what else is here is exactly first-rate material -- "It Never Works Out for Me" is a tuneless bore, and much of the rest is similarly uninteresting, and generally vocals were not this band's strong point, based on the evidence here. "Beyond" is a follow-up to "Pipeline" with a similar opening, and it is far and away the best track off of that album. The Pipeline album includes several attempts to emulate that hit, repeating its introduction and mimicking passages, but without much of the vitality or excitement of "Pipeline." The best parts of the album are the band's instrumental cover of Del Shannon's "Runaway," which is a tense, exciting workout for the entire band -- and that goes double for lead guitarist Bob Spickard and pianist Bob Marshall, and "Blunderbus," an almost bluesy number that, if not for the piano, could almost pass for a Yardbirds demo. "El Conquistador" gives Spickard a chance to play an electric version of Spanish guitar. The sound is excellent, perhaps too good in the sense of being almost too clean -- surf music was supposed to have its loud, aggressive edge, like early rock & roll, and Steve Hoffmann's domestic remasterings of the Chantays' releases for DCC have that hard edge.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/1994
Label: Repertoire
UPC: 4009910411421
catalogNumber: 4114
Rank: 12254

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chantays   Primary Artist
Bob Marshall   Piano,Group Member
Brian Carman   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Bob Spickard   Vocals,Group Member
Warren Waters   Bass,Group Member
Bob Welsh   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Buddy Holly   Composer
Ray Peterson   Composer
Chantays   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
Gene Austin   Composer
Wayne Cogswell   Composer
Max Crook   Composer
Mar-Keys   Composer
Bob Marshall   Composer
Nat Shilkret   Composer
Brian Carman   Composer
Bob Spickard   Composer
Warren Waters   Composer
Charles Westover   Composer
Bob Welsh   Composer
Tony Asher   Arranger,Composer

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