Album review: Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet, Savvy Show Stoppers (1990)

 

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT, DEC. 13, 1990

By Steve Newton

With winter here for a while, there’s no better way to recreate the joy of carefree summer cruisin’ than throwing some surf music on the ol’ turntable. The ol’ CD player, I mean.

Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet are Canada’s foremost practitioners of the surf sound, and their latest album—a compilation of seven-inch records released since 1985—offers 18 tunes’ worth of the eternally cool instrumental sound that groups like the Shadows and the Ventures produced so well.

In these days of raunchy guitar gods, a trebly lead guitar playing pretty melodies over a freewheeling bass ’n’ drum combo is still mighty hard to beat.

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