The Concussions | Magic Fingers

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Magic Fingers

by The Concussions

If Joe Meek recorded The Ventures.
Genre: Rock: Surf Rock
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1. Bulletproof
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2. Think Pink
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3. Allskate
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4. Stiletto
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5. Curb Feelers
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6. Last Regrets and Moist Towelettes
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7. Beach Ball
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8. A Booguru
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9. Tillie the Soiler
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10. Guitorgan
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11. And I Love Her
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12. Mod Monster
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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by Pete Bruinsma, WYCE Music Director
Pure and filthy at the same time. Twelve short instrumental cuts on Magic Fingers overflow with a Joe Meek-style gamut of emotions from Tarantino pathos to Lone Ranger justice; charming neon-lit bubblegum diner to shadowy swamp creature molestation!

by John Sinkevics, Grand Rapids Press
Magic Fingers maybe the most vinyl-sounding CD yet. The Concussions' surf-guitar mastery gets enhanced by guitarist/vintage studio owner Dick Chiclet's "let's-make-this-sound-like-a-needle-on-a-groove-in-the-early-60s" vibe. It's impossible to pack more retro rock fun into a single instrumental CD, whether it's an original like "Stiletto" or a cover of The Beatles "And I Love Her."

Magic fingers es también la segunda entrega de The Concussions. Un disco instrumental -que no surf-, que me ha parecido bastante interesante. Esta banda de Michigan definió modestamente su debut de 2004 Introducing The Concussions como “…si Joe Meek hubiera grabado a los Ventures…”. Por problemas de agenda del señor Meek, fue Pete Straitjacket Curry quien produjo aquel disco y en este ha quedado relegado a mezclador y percusionista en tres de los temas, asumiendo el guitarrista y líder de la banda Dick Chiclet las labores de producción, grabando en mono en su propio estudio vintage. Otros colaboradores son el saxofonista jazzero Wilton Machen y la virtuosa trompeta con cuatro décadas de trayectoria de Danny Barber, vientos que aportan agradecidos solos a Beach Ball y la muy destacable Stiletto respectivamente. Imagino que la referencia a Ventures no iba por los primeros años del grupo de Nokie Edwards y los suyos, sino por la etapa en la que estos abrieron totalmente sus miras estilísticas. Cuesta definir el sonido instrumental de estos Concussions. Son capaces de tirarse a un esquema de rhythm&blues (Guitorgan) como de crear un hibrido inclasificable a base de extravagantes teclados (Tillie the soiler). Por obvio que pueda parecer, triunfa a primera escucha su versión del And I love her de los cuatro de Liverpool. También lo hacen temas propios como la pieza de blues-surf titulada Curb feelers o la calidez de Allskate. Y aunque creo que alguna melodía o riff necesitaría algún hervor adicional, el disco no deja de entrar sin problema de principio a fin. Otro tanto para Double Crown, a los que deseamos por lo menos otros 10 años publicando material así.
Diego R.J.


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Steven Jorgenson

The Concussions Rock
The Concussions start Magic Fingers with Bulletproof. This song is a blast and I hope your ears are Bulletproof! Magic Fingers rocks through and through. There's not a bad song on this CD.

Bill Christy

BLENDERNESSISH
Smooth and bright, saucy and spicy but not heavy handed. These folks manage to pay homage to the past and still stay fresh. Their character shines through without a vocalist, not many bands can do that. Something old, something new; that borrowed sh*t just won\'t do.

Sam Boone

Surf & Instro that's just a bit off kilter...in a GOOD way
I took a chance on this without having even sampled any of the songs and I'm glad I did. The use of the clavioline on some songs gives the sound a bit of a strange edge, and the overall instrumentation is different enough to be VERY appealing. I liked this so much I had to order their first album too, and both are incredibly good. "Think Pink" is probably my favorite on this but "Bulletproof" is also a great kick-off to the CD. The band favors vintage equipment & the music is true to its roots but with a modern twist. Highly recommended.