Customer Reviews


4 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:
 (3)
3 star:    (0)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 
Most Helpful First | Newest First

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Power Of The Pyramids!, January 25, 2004
By 
Michael King "Mike" (Taunton, MA United States) - See all my reviews
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Penetration!: The Best of The Pyramids (Audio CD)
Long Beach, California's Pyramids consisted of lead guitarist Skip Mercier, bass guitarist Steve Leonard, rhythm guitarist Willy Glover, saxophonist Tom Pitman and drummer Ron McMullen. Steve Leonard wrote "Penetration" as a variation on the song "Pipeline" by the Chantays, but ended up creating a unique classic in its own right. The Pyramids are perhaps best remembered for their appearance in the Frankie and Annette movie "Bikini Beach." As they are about to perform a song, their wigs fly off to reveal their shaved heads! "Penetration" peaked at #18 in 1964. After recording one album and a few singles, all of which are contained in this collection, the Pyramids disbanded in 1965.

"Penetration" - There's no sound effects of crashing waves, or heavily echoed reverb. This song is a simple, solid, super surf classic.

"Road Runnah" - The sound of a revving engine signals the start of this sizzling hot rod instrumental. With a strong beat and great guitar playing, this sounds like a big hit that somehow missed.

"Pyramid Stomp" - This rocking instrumental is a showcase for Ron McMullen's fantastic drumming, with the rest of the Pyramids hitting on all cylinders.

"Koko Joe" - This rocking vocal about "the coolest little monkey in town" is very close to being a novelty song.

"Sticks And Skins" - After a couple of guitar licks, this instrumental is one long, rocking drum solo.

"Everybody" - The vocals on this version rival those of Tommy Roe on his original hit version.

"Paul" - This is a rocking instrumental, without a memorable melody.

"Long Tall Texan" - This humorous song is better suited for the Coasters.

"Do The Slauson" - In the tradition of Chubby Checker's dance songs, the Pyramids sing about the slauson. Evidently, the slauson dance craze didn't extend much beyond Los Angeles.

"Out Of Limits" - The Pyramids cover the Marketts' hit instrumental, and do the song proud.

"Louie Louie" The Pyramids cleaned up the lyrics to this classic song. Their sanitized rendition pales in comparison to the hit version by the Kingsmen.

"Here Comes Marsha" - This sounds like a standard love song from the fifties, and is the low point of this collection.

"Walkin' The Dog" - The Pyramids do a rocking version of this Rufus Thomas song.

"Contact" - This is another outstanding surf instrumental, which rocks from start to finish. It was one of the singles, released after their album, which failed to hit it big.

"Pressure" - This surf instrumental is a combination of "Pipeline" and "Penetration," and yet somehow manages to sound unique.

"Pyramid's Stomp" (45 single version) - The saxophone accompaniment to the guitar is gone on the single version of this song, giving it a heavier sound.

"Custom Caravan" - This vocal hot rod single sounded more polished than the vocals on their previous album.

"Midnight Run" - This rocking hot rod instrumental features a memorable melody and strong guitar playing. Its failure as a single hastened the end of the Pyramids.

"Record Run" - Written by Gary Usher and Roger Christian, the Pyramids perform this song in the movie "Bikini Beach." It's a hot rod classic, featuring great harmonies on the chorus.

"Bikini Drag" - This is another Usher/Christian composition from "Bikini Beach." It's a scorching instrumental, featuring great saxophone and drumming, and closes this collection out on a strong note.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pyramid Power, July 3, 2005
By 
This review is from: Penetration!: The Best of The Pyramids (Audio CD)
This CD contains all the known recordings of the Pyramids. The Pyramids were a surf group that had a hit with "Penetration", and that's about all most people ever heard from them. But they did record an album, which contained the first 12 tracks here (albeit in a different order). Half of these tracks are surf instrumentals, which are all quite good. The other half are a mixed bag of songs with lyrics, none of which sound like surf music. They are not bad, but not that great either. The rest of the CD contains the remainder of their recorded output, including a couple of unreleased songs. This consists of five surf instrumentals, two surf songs with lyrics and a cover of "Walking the Dog". The surf music is really good, but "Walking the Dog" sounds like any garage band of the time period. Despite have a few mediocre tracks here, it's nice to have all the Pyramids recordings on one CD.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Love Penetration!!!!, February 12, 2011
This review is from: Penetration!: The Best of The Pyramids (Audio CD)
The Pyramids are like many flash in the pan surf bands that got red hot for a brief moment, then seemed to drop off everyone's radar....except the surf fans that is. It's a good thing there are some of us out there who refuse to let this ignored chapter in rock and roll history be totally forgotten. The Pyramids did differ slightly from their brethren in that they had numerous promotional gimmicks(Beatle wigs and shaved heads, arriving at gigs through unconventional ways such as helicopters and elephants), and they are probably the only surf band to have a black member. They also have the distinction of having probably the most well known surf instrumental(Penetration)after Wipeout and Pipeline.
Like most surf bands they also recorded vocal tracks. This cd is about half or a maybe a bit under half vocal tunes. I don't hink they're as bad as some say. Sure they're not great, and we'd prefer that surf groups didn't really do it at all, but it is what it is.
I can only assunme that if you're reading a review of this out of print and obscenely priced disc, that you're a surf rock fan, and I'm probably not telling you anything you don't already know. I will let you know that this disc includes all of their recordings, and as always, Sundazed has done a careful and worthy job with the remastering. Lets just get it back in print, huh?
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


5.0 out of 5 stars The Pyramids - Penetration...The Best Of, August 10, 2010
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: Penetration!: The Best of The Pyramids (Audio CD)
This Is a great surf album by every means. If you like surf guitar rock and or instrumentals of surf music this is a must have for any surf music fan.
The album has a 'Challengers' quality or feel about it. It does have some vocal songs, but just a few. Sundazed Music did a great job on compiling these songs together, because a lot of them are hard to find nowdays. So, by all means buy this album when you can---It's worth it!
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

Details

Search these reviews only
Send us feedback How can we make Amazon Customer Reviews better for you? Let us know here.