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Ruins Review by Phil Dirt from Reverb Central

The Madeira - Ruins

Well now! The Madeira are a superb band. I had the distinct pleasure of seeing them live recently, and was more than a little impressed. You may think of the Madeira as a post-Space Cossacks band, but there's a lot more here than that. Sure, you can hear the Space Cossacks roots in the Madeira, but there are added dimensions of texturing and cultural influences that make this band something very different. Superb playing and style. This cover set features some thoroughly engaging songs!

Picks: The Victor, Dilmohammed, Almoraima, Intruder #1, Intruder

The Victor * * * * *
Surf Instrumental (Stereo)
Dick Dale's superb song, held by some as one of the best, most important surf instrumentals, is very well done here. The rhythm guitar's gutty edge adds quite a bit of bite, while the intense energy and rock-solid arrangement honor the original. Superb energy and bite, with wonderful Middle Eastern imagery and mystery.

Dilmohammed * * * * *
Surf Instrumental (Stereo)
The Treble Spankers' marvelous "Dilmohammed" is driven with great energy and power. The frequent reverb crashes add immensely to the power of the song. Its mystery and danger come through with intensity and clarity. Over the top cool!

Almoraima * * * * *
Surf Instrumental (Stereo)
Paco DeLucia's "Almoraima" is delightfully done with shining tone and imagery. The superb guitaristry gives it liquid flow and emotional charm. Powerful and passionate. Stunning!

Intruder #1 * * * * *
Surf Instrumental (Stereo)
"Intruder #1" is the acoustic intro the Surf Coasters originally cut. It's very Spanish flavored and superbly done. Fluid and emotional in the black lace and red rose sense. It segues directly into "Intruder" with all it's flaming glory!

Intruder * * * * *
Surf Instrumental (Stereo)
Hard driving rhythmically powerful, and with a tuff edge, "Intruder" sparkles with a dynamic assault. Wonderful power and exhilarating spirit. If Dick Dale did this, he'd want it to come out like this. Great drums and superb playing.

Phil Dirt - Reverb Central
PO Box 7240
Santa Cruz, CA 95061-7240

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