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Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet - CD - Rating: 10/10

While technically I could say that my love of surfy, guitar-based instrumental music started when I would listen to my parents’ old Duane Eddy 45s on a cheap turntable in our basement back home, this record is the real starting point in my love of the genre. Shadowy Men had a way of taking fairly simple but catchy songs and infusing them with tons of energy and fun. While the playing is top-notch, this is a band that really excels at arrangement. Every guitar tone, found sound or “woo!” comes together perfectly. The resulting music transcends the “surf” label that they were often given and in my opinion remains unmatched (with the possible exception of Laika and the Cosmonauts who come pretty darn close to Shadowy Men quality instrumental rock).

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