Al Dual & The Luaus - The Early Tapes Of... CD (Ritmos Primitivos / Sleazy Records)
Al Dual is a Spanish guitarist and vocalist that has released quite an amazing record. Despite the title “Early Tapes”, this is anything but raw and unfinished - these are lush surf and rock n’ roll recordings that find Duel’s guitar accompanied by double bass, drums, horns, violins, theremin, piano, sax, cello and pedal steel.The subtitle of the disc “Instrumental Surf - Rare n’ Rockin’” is a little misleading, since it’s not all instrumental, but “Secret Agent Man” is usually done with vocals (even by The Ventures), and “Ubangi Stomp” is the only other vocal on the disc. It’s perhaps not going to appeal to the surf purist, but it has such a great sound that if you dig surf and rock n’ roll, you’ll definitely want to give this a listen!
Tracks: Intro - Pipeline - Secret Agent Man - Riders In The Sky - Ubangi Stomp - Walk Don't Run - Young Love