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Amazing News: New album out!On August 1st 2013 the first Surfer Joe solo album has been released on 12" vinyl and CD. The title of the work is SEÑOR SURF and includes 12 songs, 9 of of them previously unreleased.
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INCLUDES THE TRACKS:
Macaroni Pie • El Senor Surf • Devil's Bridge • Underwater Love • Waveboard Action • The North Swell • Fire Escape Rope • Cavalcade Of Surf • Etage 8 • Twangy Drippy Twisty • Changing Things • Beach City Bop
THE STORY BEHIND THE ALBUMThere are songs that were written still at the time when Lorenzo Surfer Joe was in Antigua. After the release of "Made in Antigua" on July 2009, Wadadli Riders started working on new material that has never been released, but that has been played live on stage. Going towards the new recordings, Wadadli Riders did suddenly split and since then Surfer Joe has been extremely busy with the new line up of the BOSS COMBO. The amount of concerts that the new band has done in the past 2 years is impressive for a surf band, and in addition to this Lorenzo has participated to various tours on drums (John Blair Band, Paul Johnson & Friends, Frankie & The Poolboys, Kilaueas, Surfadelics, Insect Surfers & more) and managed other bands and tours.
The Boss Combo is a power-surf band, with their own sound and style that take advantage of the composition of Luca (Lorenzo's brother), Lorenzo's stage presence and the great rhythm section of Tommi (bass) and Togno (drums). Lorenzo Surfer Joe with his own songwriting is definitely more traditional, so he felt natural to complete something that was started already some years ago.
This album represents Lorenzo's taste in surf music, a mix between 60s "first wave" material, new ideas and strong melodies. He wanted to put on tape his concept of surf music evolved from jazz and rock 'n' roll, maintaining the key features of the genre and its basic simplicity. These melodies are not complicated pieces of music, but rather an easy listening and remembering group of energetic surf tunes.
LINER NOTESIn modern surf music business Lorenzo Valdambrini (aka Surfer Joe) represents a strong reality, playing and organizing events worldwide. He dedicates his life to surf music with a positive attitude and a great energy, always ready for new experiences and ideas while keeping an eye on the tradition of the genre which involves the most typical reverb drenched guitar sounds and pushing drum beats inspired by jazz and rock 'n' roll.
After the years spent in the Caribbean and the many performances as Wadadli Riders - also releasing in 2009 the album "Made In Antigua" and an EP titled "Rev Hank Meets Wadadli Riders" produced together with Reverb Ranch (Canada) in 2010 - Surfer Joe came back to Europe in 2011 and formed a new group, the Boss Combo, to carry on his work and produce new music. Concentrating on the touring and delivering a power-surf style, the band did more than 100 concerts in the first year!
"Senor Surf" is the first solo release of Surfer Joe. It collects pieces from some years back and finally glues them together, but also presents brand new compositions that reveal the devotion to the classic surf sound of the 60s revisited with a fascinating style. "Senor Surf" flies from California to Italy, passing by enchanted Caribbean beaches and visiting remote European locations. This is the world of Surfer Joe, made of simple melodies, groovy arrangements, twanging notes, stories to tell and surf music.
We hope you will enjoy listening to this album as much as we enjoyed recording it!
I have chosen to work with Jorge Explosion at Circo Perrotti, one of the coolest analog recording studios on the planet and certainly one of the most experienced. An experience born from being a musician, trying, testing equipment, making mistakes, experimenting, and most of all... listening. Instead of "inventing" techniques and watching a computer screen we decided to listen to the music we were doing, if we were liking it or not. Taking this choice means to go the old way, to "trust" the person you are working with, letting him do his job while putting a bit of his own taste into the product. Jorge is not just a studio technician, he does not handle the knobs and faders, but he understands what you are doing and brings it to a productive way, giving life to it. This is why Jorge Explosion is listed as co-producer of this album. We together have "produced" this sound.
Now coming to the "vintage" sounding fact... well, I used a Jazzmaster or Jaguar guitar into a Fender Reverb tank and a brownface amp. That's it. All recorded in analog on tape, edited and mastered in analog. What would you expect? All microphones are the right ones to pick the perfect acoustic drums sound (a 60s Ludwig kit) which means - like it or not - "old" equipment from Neumann to AKG. The bass guitar goes straight into a nice Ampeg Combo. And no additional effects on the takes, only a fun mix of echo units, reverbs and compressors in the mixing process.
I am very proud of the result. I know someone will not like it, but this is the sound of the instruments I used, it is all very natural. All the rest depends on my hands and the ability or making, or not, mistakes. Everything is recorded direct, drums have no metronome not to keep the tempo quantized and maintaining it alive.
Anyway, this is Senor Surf and I am glad I had the chance to live this experience!
Lorenzo Valdambrini "Surfer Joe"
It is like the Challengers on cocaine!
Jorge Explosion - Estudios Circo Perrotti
REVIEWSMy friend Lorenzo (aka "Surfer Joe") is billed as an "Ambassador of surf music," and the title is fitting. In recent years, out of his love for this music, he has been on a one-man crusade to bring it to the music fans of Europe, both as a musician with his own band playing his own original tunes, and as an empresario as well, playing host to surf bands from around the world at the annual Surfer Joe surf music festival that he stages in his hometown of Livorno, Italy, and managing tours for many of these bands, taking them out to play at venues all over Italy and the rest of Europe as well.
And I am happy to report that with his latest CD release, "Senor Surf," his love of the music is clearly evident in the tunes he has recorded, which have an effervescense about them that is contagious to the listener; here is a man having great fun with what he is doing; this is the sound of joy.
Also abundantly clear here is his masterful command of the genre. His reverb-laden guitar licks and the clever arrangements of his tunes convey the essence of what surf music is all about. But beyond this, the CD testifies of the fruit of his love for the music, in that while it is so purely faithful to the fundamentals of the form, each tune retains its own unique personality. Lorenzo is not just rehashing familiar territory here; he is offering his own heartfelt rendition of a music that is rooted in the surf traditions yet vitally new and fresh in it's own way.
In keeping with Lorenzo's role as "ambassador", this is a welcome contribution to the current surf music scene, one that should not only please the existing body of genre fans, but win over some new ones as well. When a musician is having such fun at what he does, it puts out the welcome mat and invites "whosoever will" to share in that fun. That's the feeling I get from "Senor Surf," and I suspect that I will not be alone in that assessment. Thank you, Lorenzo, for sharing your joy with us!
Paul Johnson - Belairs, PJ & The Galaxies, Packards
Surf music "pioneer"
I thank Lorenzo "Surfer Joe" Valdambrini for sending me a pre-release copy of his new Surfer Joe solo album, "El Senor Surf". Right off the bat, I have to say that this is one of the most authentic, 60s style albums I have ever heard. It's a really great analog recording, and I love hearing the heavy tape compression that brings the reverb textures, both from the guitars and the very natural room sound, to the foreground. The sound is thick, but clean. And the songs are songs, they aren't jams or mood pieces, they have verses and choruses, are well structured and are harmonically interesting, without straying from the rules of the genre. Another cohesive element is the consistent vibe and tempo of the songs, always in the beach party style. Many surf bands will try and do an album of songs that sound like other touch-stone hits from the era- maybe one is a little like "Endless Summer" and another like "Miserlou". But the songs on El Senor Surf follow Lorenzo's mind set, always suggesting the twist party that starts right after the luau ends, the beach bonfire is lit and the rum begins to flow.
Lorenzo is very lucky to have a drummer like Dick Dodd, a guitarist like Art Fischer and a composer like Paul Johnson all living inside his head. It could be said that Lorenzo is a one man Challengers Band, his own surf supergroup.
Ferenc Dobronyi - Pollo del Mar, Frankie & The Poolboys
Events organizer and surf music promoter
Lorenzo "Surfer Joe" Valdambrini's new CD, "Senor Surf", adds an exclamation point to his title of International Surf Music Ambassador. Whether you like to dance with wild abandon or just soak in the sounds of double-picked, reverbed guitars, this record will put your feet on the floor and a smile on your face. Although this CD is mostly a solo endeavor, well-known and respected surf music pioneer Paul Johnson makes a surprise appearance on one track. It's all a fun listen and helps underscore how truly international this form of music has become in the 21st century.
John Blair - The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music, 1961-1965
Listening to this record and looking at the cover you would swear this was some long lost gem from the early 60's. It's actually from 2013 but the production values on this record sound more pure and traditional than on a lot of surf records from the actual 60's. This album is packed with highly memorable and timeless surf music classics and is a must hear for any instrumental and surf music enthousiast. The ambassador of surf music has once again lived up to his name.
Niels Jansen, founder North Sea Surf Festival
Lorenzo has always been one of my favourite surf musician. Playing with him in 2009 & 2010 was a real pleasure. His drumming makes playing effortless. Looking forward to the release!
Rev Hank - Urban Surf Kings, Canada
I got an advance digital copy of this CD from Lorenzo a little while ago, and have been enjoying it (though haven't had a whole lot of time to listen to music for the past month or two, too much going on). Just thought I'd write up a few quick comments. This is definitely one for the lovers of trad surf music! (I think it'll especially appeal to the fans of the Thunderchiefs/the Sir Finks, there's a shared foundation and vision between them.) Lorenzo obviously has a VERY deep understanding of all things surf, but especially trad surf, and that's completely evident here. This album sounds to me like a head-on collision of the Astronauts and the Lively Ones, with some minor side collisions Smile of the bands like the Sentinals and some other more Latino/r&b/'soul!'-sounding surf bands like Jim Waller & the Deltas, etc. The album was recorded at the Circo Perroti Studios in Gijon, Spain (the same studio where Los Twang! Marvels recorded "Jungle of Twang"), who are absolute masters of the trad sound, and completely nail it on this CD. As a result, there's a heavy Del-Fi vibe through it all.
This album is the natural follow-up to the Wadadli Riders' "Made In Antigua" CD, with Lorenzo playing all guitars and all drums, while bass is handled by another player (Diego Fuenteseca in this case), and Lorenzo also doing (nearly) all the songwriting. We all know that Lorenzo is a SUPERB surf drummer, but it's pretty amazing how good his guitar playing is given it's not his first instrument (though I must admit that I would have enjoyed hearing a bit more variety in terms of guitar tones - he's got a really nice, authentic surf tone - a Jaguar, I'm guessing - and sticks to it the entire album).
Some of the songs I enjoyed the most: the album opens with 'Macaroni Pie', a Lively-Ones-doing-Freddie-King-sounding blues-rocker that's got some grease and groove and attitude to it. 'El Senor Surf' is happy surf and a real reflection of Lorenzo's always-upbeat and optimistic personality - he IS Senor Surf! Nice melody and an excellent bridge! It also reminds me a bit of the Sir Finks & the Thunderchiefs. 'Underwater Love' sounds like the surf version of some melancholy '60s bachelor-pad lounge music, with forays into latin exotica. 'The North Swell' is the recording Lorenzo did in Antigua that I included on Double Crown's "Brave New Surf" compilation, and I still think it's absolutely brilliant - still my favorite thing that Lorenzo's done. Modern trad surf doesn't get much better than this! 'Fire Escape Rope' (LOVE that title - I wonder if there's a story behind it?) is a dark and delicate piece that reminds me of the Bambi Molesters and the Kilaueas (for whom Lorenzo's has often played drums, of course). 'Etage 8' is probably the biggest surprise of the album: a completely unique and very interesting and compelling piece of music, with a marching beat (think more subdued 'Mar Gaya' beat) with a Spanish-sounding melody and all sorts of really creative counterpoint and harmony lines against the lead. That song is credited to Gerhard Seinholz, but I have no idea who that is. It actually reminds me of some of the crazier stuff done by the Spanish '60s instro band Los Relampagos. Wild! The album ends with a recording done in Italy with Lorenzo and few of his Italian friends backing Paul Johnson on Paul's own 'Beach City Bop' - otherwise known as 'Small Fry', as recorded by the Challengers. Paul unleashes some guitar fireworks on multiple lengthy solos, and it's a great way to bring things to close.
All in all, a real fun album and another fine accomplishment for Lorenzo! How can one guy do this much??? It's amazing.
Ivan Pongracic - Madeira, Space Cossacks
I've heard the album a few time and I hope my enthusiasm for this record is felt. I really think that it is on par with a few of the great trad surf releases of the 90s and 2000s. Surely a must have release for any true surf fan. I'll admit that I am a fan of the off the beaten path, when it comes to instro, but trad surf, when it's done amazingly well, or even perfect (if I can dare to say it), it gets me all amped up, and reminds me why surf when done right, can be so awesome! Congrats Lorenzo and all involved.
Jeff Hanson "Big Tiki Dude" - Surf Guitar 101 Convention, USA
Some people saying that surf music is simple. Some others don't like that it's instrumental. But that's why all of us love surf music. And surf music IS Senor Surf. When I first listen about this new Lorenzo's solo release, I thought I knew what I was expecting to hear. You see, I'm following him since Wadadli Riders and then with his Boss Combo. So when he sends me the tracks I put it on my player immediately. And then everything starts to make sense. From the first seconds of Macaroni Pie I listen some excellent surf tunes. And then I was getting deeper on his surf sounds. Underwater Love, The North Swell, drums and guitar on Cavalcade Of Surf, the smooth way of Changing Things and the final hit was Beach City Bop with Paul Johnson. Pure, classic surf music with his personal touch, simple and clear, with amazing guitar riffs and danceable tunes. And all recorded 100% ANALOG (recording, mixing, mastering) at Circo Perrotti Studio in Gijon, Spain. Produced by Lorenzo Valdambrini and Jorge Explosion. What more can anyone ask for? This is what surf music is all about. SENOR SURF! Records like this one, takes surf music one step forward.
Mike Surf - Co-owner of Green Cookie records
There are always records or CDs, that give you right away the impression of: "That's awesome"! (absolute hammer - German impression) I am thinking about "go surfin' with the Cruncher", "Halibut Beach" by the Halibuts, "Don't fear the Reverb" by Slacktone, "Reverb Explosion" by the El Caminos, "Ridin' the First Wave" by the Bitch Boys, "Fiberglass Rocket" by Jon & The Nightriders or "Swimmin' In The Reverb" by the Woodies. I start playing the record and the tracks come out like fired from a machinegun... Bam Bam bam bam Bam!
I felt the same with the LP / CD of Lorenzo Valdambrini aka Surfer Joe. I had been in the lucky position to listen to few tunes in the tour van. Lorenzo put the CD in the player when the Insect Surfers picked me up in Berlin. We had a little ride though the city to a record store and finally went to the soundcheck at Bassy Club. So enough time to get a first impression of the new album.
12 tracks (as it was usual for LPs in the past), 10 of them originals, are representing a very varied repertoire. Only the last track "Beach City Bop" (composition of Paul Johnson, who re-recorded this song with friends including Lorenzo) does not fit that well the harmonic atmosphere of the record. My favorites are El Senor Surf, Devil's Bridge, Waveboard Action, North Swell and Changing Things.
For me definitely THE Surf release of the year and a MUST HAVE for every collector, no matter if on vinyl as LP or CD! (I purchased both).
Rüdiger Nehls - Surf music collector, Germany
Nachdem das neue Werk von "Surfer Joe" Lorenzo Vadambrini nun schon Dank der Expresslieferung seit einigen Tagen angekommen ist und ich es schon ausgiebig gespielt habe, ist es Zeit für ein kleines Review.
Klein deshalb, weil es zu dem Album eigentlich nicht soooo viel zu sagen gibt, denn es fällt nicht wirklich aus dem Rahmen, denn es bietet wirklich authentische Surfmusik der 60er Jahre, aus der sogenannten "First Wave" des instrumental surf.
Insofern ist "Senor Surf" natürlich doch etwas Besonderes, denn ich habe selten neuere Kompositionen (10 der 12 Titel sind von Lorenzo selbst geschrieben) so klassisch klingen gehört. Beim Hören fühlt man sich tatsächlich 50 Jahre zurückkatapultiert nach Kalifornien, irgendwo an den Strand, den Wellen und den Surfern zuschauen oder mit Woodie auf irgendeiner Strandstraße...
Klingt nach Klischee und hört sich auch genauso an, und das ist auch gut so. ;-)
Das Ganze ist hervorragend produziert und ein musikalischer Hochgenuss; genau das Richtige für uns alte Männer, um bei einem Bier bei Sonnenuntergang an alte Zeiten zu denken.
Wer neben dem ganzen neumodischen Surf-Zeug auch klassischen 60s instrumenal surf mag, ist jedenfalls mit "Senor Surf" von Surfer Joe perfekt bedient...
Surfkraft.de - www.surfkraft.net/review-surfer-joe-senor-surf/
I really like the sound of this record, I listen to The Ventures, Dick Dale & so... much more of the 60's surf music. This record measures up to that great surf music of that time in history. If you listen and enjoy good surf music pick up a copy of this great recording from Surfer Joe!
Jerry Cerasani - Musician, surf music fan
What a remarkable record! Senor Surf, by Surfer Joe, is definitely one for the books. Except for the last cut, when we are treated to a cool tune by Paul Johnson & Friends, Senor Surf is performed by two men, Surfer Joe (Lorenzo Valdambrini) on guitars and drums, and Diego M. Fuenteseca on bass.
The thing that stands out the most, and makes Senor Surf an exemplary album, is Surfer Joe's remarkable talent. Man, oh man, can this guy play. Many of us who flog away on more than one instument are fair to middling with each one. Surfer Joe is extraordinary on whatever he touches. You have got to hear him for youself.
Surfer Joe: Senor Surf Senor Surf is a twelve-track all instrumental album. Nine of the tracks are previously unreleased. It's available as a 12" vinyl LP or on CD. The LP has six cuts on each side, just like in the old days. On the cover of Surfer Joe's LP it says, "International Surf Music Ambassador." He's all of that and more. Surfer Joe is a cool guy, too. A premier booker and promoter, he works tirelessly for the advancement of the surf music community.
Do yourself a favor and get your hands on Senor Surf. It's a great album. And while you're listening to it, be sure to check out Surfer Joe's kick-ass playing. I'd give my old Chevy and a sizable hunk of cash to have that man's talent.