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3 Balls Of Fire - Burnin’ & Churnin’ / Live 2 x CD


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3 Balls Of Fire - Burnin’ & Churnin’ / Live 2 x CD (Two Faces)

At this point this combo, led by “Burnin’” Mike Vernon is one of the longest running surf/instro bands in the country. They got their start in 1987 in Texas, and have consistently released new albums and played live shows ever since, often collaborating with legendary first wave surf/instro guitarists along the way (see our review of their live CD below). Burnin’ & Churnin’ is their first new release in nearly a decade, and it shows off what can be achieved if you work on writing and fine-tuning a collection of songs over a longer period of time. The disc is all originals, with storming, upbeat rockers side-by-side with slower, Martin’ Denny inspired exotica. While the diverse, skillful playing of Vernon is at the forefront, the band he’s gathered for this album deserves some attention as well - there is some great bass, drum, organ and piano playing throughout. The album as a whole is a delicious soup with a wide variety of ingredients - surf, exotica, soul, jazz and bossa-nova. However, it never veers too far away to diminish it’s appeal to traditional surf/instro rock fans. A welcome return of 3 Balls Of Fire - and heck, you get a FREE live CD with the purchase of this disc, so you get a really nice package of tunes for one low price.

The Three Balls Of Fire Live CD is included as a bonus disc. This fifteen song disc captures the band live on stage with near-studio quality sound and minimal crowd noise. The set is all covers, mostly well-known songs, so that might not induce much excitement on it’s own. However, the covers are performed with the guitar greats that recorded the original songs - Nokie Edwards, George Tomsco and Jerry Cole! There are five songs included with each legend playing lead guitar - classics like “Hawaii 5-0”, “Slaughter On Tenth Avenue”, “Rik-A-Tik” and “Pealin’ Out”. If you are a fan of any of these guitarists, it’s well worth getting your hands on this disc while supplies last!  

Tracks (Burnin' & Churnin'): Road To Medina - Havana Calling - Mystic Sea - Burnin' & Churnin' - Crime Report - Alotto Staccato - Lucky Boy - Albatross

Tracks (Live CD): (1-5 Featuring Nokie Edwards) Secret Agent Man - Hawaii 5-0 - Slaughter On 10th Avenue - Rap City - I Got A Woman - (6-10 Featuring George Tomsco) Fireball - Rik-A-Tik - Chief Woopin' Koff - Dumbo - HarLee Guitar - (11 - 15 Featuring Jerry Cole) Road To San Felipe - Pealin' Out - At The Beach - Twin Scramblers - Heapin' Coles


3 Balls Of Fire Havana Calling (03:19)
From the album, Burnin' & Churnin' Video created by Nico Leophonte at Alnico Studio
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