Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck|
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Itís been much too long since Bob Keane blew the dust off of the Del-Fi
music machine. I donít know why it has been so long since a new release
has come from Mr. Keaneís label. Well one has finally arrived, itís
been worth the wait, and it usually is.
The Royal Fingers, imported from Japan, are a sizzling instrumental
trio that combines the best of both worlds in their music. There is
the traditional surf, that Del-Fi had a hand in making a reality back
in the early years, and then there is the straight ahead facets of
rock that will keep you attached to your speakers and your heart fluttering.
"Wild Eleki Deluxe" is the latest release (Make sure you check out
the groupís website for their special vinyl releases and EPs, they
have quite a catalog of recordings) from this red-hot trio from the
land of the rising sun. Believe me, the sun never sets on this music;
itís on a continual rise right into the musical stratosphere. This
isnít your typical surf-instrumental album with five originals and
five or six cover tunes, most every song is an original. Certainly
you can hear familiar rhythms and beats; itís not something you can
easily sidestep with such simple music. Regardless of the simplicity,
this group really rocks, and they donít let up for second. This album
is a model of consistency.
The best tracks are "Violet Sky", "Test Driver", and the Surfarisí
classic "Point Panic." There are eighteen tracks of instro dynamite,
now thatís enough to keep you busy, right? This group has made their
mark in Japan, where they are very popular, and now they are ready
to conquer America. Ladies and gents, boys and girls, let me introduce
you to The Royal Fingers, one the hottest instrumental trios in the world.
1. Go Royal Fingers
2. Blue Jean No. 1
3. Black Sand Beach
5. Hey Chance!
6. Golden Guitar
7. Age Of Toyota
8. Running Donkey
9. Point Panic
10. Violet Sky
11. Test Driver
12. West Side Guitar
13. Wild Datsun
14. Burning 24OZ
15. Crazy Sue Sax
16. AJoen AJoen
17. The L.A.
18. Echo Rocket 66