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Tribal Thunder

Dick DaleAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B0000005QA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Nitro
2. The New Victor
3. Esperanza
4. Shredded Heat
5. Trail of Tears
6. Caravan
7. The Eliminator
8. Speardance
9. Hot Links: Caterpillar Crawl + Rumble
10. The Long Ride
11. Tribal Thunder
12. Misirlou

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Dick Dale is not only "King of the Surf Guitar," he is the living embodiment of the style itself, something he has not forgotten. This disc shows that being the king is good enough for Dale. He stays close to the style he invented, his idea of changing with the times being to play loud, fast, and reverb-drenched guitar. While this will not make anyone feel like they can throw away their old Capitol singles, it does show that Dale has not aged much, nor at all his raw surf guitar style--as is the case with all his recent recordings. --Skip Heller

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have November 4, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
OK--You've purchased the definitive Dick Dale compilation ("Better Shred Than Dead: The Dick Dale Anthology" of 1997) and love it. Where to go from there? In truth, EVERY Dale CD is worth having. There are two basic categories of Dale music: his classic 1960s material, and his "comeback" work since the early 1990s. This release is the best of the latter category, but there's more to know....
Two other compilations were issued before "Shred":
"The Best of Dick Dale and his Del-Tones" (Rhino, 1989). Only two cuts here are not included on "Shred," but one of them is the absolutely essential "The Victor." The tracking sequence is also quite different, so true fans will need to own this.
"Dick Dale and his Del-Tones: Greatest Hits, 1961-1976" (GNP Crescendo, 1992). This has 21 cuts, including many not on "Shred" or "Best of," such as "Surf Buggy," "Del-Tone Rock," "Death of a Gremmie," and "Peter Gunn." About half the cuts are Dale's original early 1960s versions, with the other half coming from a 1975 session. These later recordings have a distinctly different sound: they are looser, faster, and more "live" in feeling. They reveal Dale and the Del-Tones as the ultimate surf "garage" band of all time! Even less-than-successful songs like "Sloop John B" don't detract from the quality and energy of this compilation. Highly recommended.
Dale's work since the early 1990s:
"Tribal Thunder" (1993) is a masterpiece--simply perfect. Only two cuts are included on "Shred," but every one on this CD is a winner. To get a sense of both Dale's consistency and stylistic evolution, compare this CD's "The New Victor" with his earlier versions ("The Victor") on "The Best of" and "Greatest Hits." A must have.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's a pick dispenser mounted on his guitar December 9, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Way back when, TJ and I useta crank up Dick Dale on those long night drives back from the coast. The main problem then as now was keeping the speakers from rattlin. The definitive DD album up to the release of Tribal Thunder was Surfer's Choice. Surfer's Choice was the high-energy mysterioso fun beat. Hooray for the sound track of Pulp Fiction--the opening run of "Miserlou" brought to a more sophisticated `90s consciousness the power that was so foreign to the midwest farmer's daughter. Dick Dale is a true American original, and 30 years after Surfer's Choice, Tribal Thunder is a stunning expansion of his vision. DD finally found some drummers who understand, and the result is a celebration of intrigue, virtuosity and primitivism. Try to keep your amps below red line.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is The One April 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Curious about Dick Dale and confused over what album to buy? Maybe you don't want his entire discography, but you're a well rounded person musically, and would like some good surf rock for your collection? I'll tell you now that Tribal Thunder is the album you want. If you're a Dick Head(a hardcore Dick Dale fan), I'm not saying anything new, but someone interested in discovering this very talented man, who doesn't want to take a gamble with their pocketbook, will be 100% satisfied with this purchase. After getting Tribal Thunder, you will either love it so much you'll buy more Dale albums, or you'll keep it, enjoy it and play it once and awhile when the mood hits you. It's a winning purchase either way, and a very good introduction to Dick Dale. There are some very hard rockin' and speedy tunes here. It makes the simple act of driving in your car an epic experience. You can just feel the coolness and macheezmo ooze off of you. Dick Dale's got to be one of the fastest guitar players alive. Not so much fast in terms of the fretboard, but with picking. And we're talking about an older man who's music isn't even heavy metal! There are no vocals here, just instrumentals, which is a plus to me. I love you, Dick, but I'm not crazy about your singing. That's not totally fair, coz I have heard some songs Dick sings on that really are pretty good. All in all, if you need to get a Dick Dale cd, start here. Trust me, I 've never lied to you all, and I'm not about to start now.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable May 22, 2001
By D. Wolf
Format:Audio CD
This is a phenomenally good CD. There are no weak tracks at all, just great hard driving Dick Dale music. The amazing thing is that for all the energy Dale puts into his playing, he's never out of control. Even if you don't know where he's going, just hang on he'll take you there in a hurry.
This CD is a must if you have to drive a long distance. You will definitely get there sooner, if you're assisted by this music. But if you're stuck in traffic, turn it off; bottling up this kind of energy could be dangerous.
Last, put this CD on at a party. Everyone who doesn't know goes " that? It's great!!" ...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible surf guitar December 9, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There is no namby pamby playing here, this is absolutely the best in surf guitar. the King is totally in control of his material, and this is my favorite DD album. This isn't some beach boys limp surf, this is the real deal and hot stuff. Can't recommend this album enough. Melodic and hot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
1. Nitro
2. The New Victor
3. Esperanza
4. Shredded Heat
5. Trail of Tears
6. Caravan (Duke Ellington / Juan Tizol)
7. The Eliminator
8. Speardance
9. Hot Links: Caterpillar Crawl/Rumble [medley]
10. The Long Ride
11. Tribal Thunder
12. Miserlou (Tauber / Wise / Leeds / Roubanis)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Tribal
Tribal Thunder is a great title for this album, because it reminds a person of heavy drums on a thick green island somewhere with the waves reaching 20ft and over. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tripp Gazzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I was looking for. Perfect condition.
Just what I was looking for. Perfect condition.Great surf music from the 60's. Dick sure can play the surf guitar like no other
Published 14 months ago by JDS Schriewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Accept No Chartreuse Metal Flake Substitutes
"Nitro" is the best guitar instrumental. Ever.

See him in person and wear ear plugs, Depends and a padded chin strap.
Published 18 months ago by Lebowski Achiever
5.0 out of 5 stars surfs up!!!!!!!!!!!
one of my favourite dick dale albums, some really feirce guitar on here! ive met dick every time he plays salt lake city and he always does songs from this album, and hes a hell of... Read more
Published on October 9, 2012 by the anti mormon, el demonio
5.0 out of 5 stars Dick Dale - Tribal Thunder
If you're a fan surf music or just great guitar playing, this is a must album for your collection. I'm rediscovering this music after years of distractions and I can definitely... Read more
Published on July 15, 2012 by Richard A. Cole
2.0 out of 5 stars Limited appeal
I bought this pretty much impulsively, having no knowledge of the so-called artist, and expecting a learning experience. I have rarely been more disappointed with an album. Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by brian458666
5.0 out of 5 stars Surf Rock Genius
I believe this is one of the best instrumental albums that rock has ever produced. Dick Dale has a classic reverb drenched surf guitar tone and there are not a lot of surprises BUT... Read more
Published on February 22, 2007 by Jason R. Parrish
2.0 out of 5 stars Dick dales tribal thunder
This is the second Dick Dale CD I have purchased my first was "King of the surf guitar, The best of Dick Dale and the Del-tones". Read more
Published on April 16, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Timeless engaging music. Love this one and you will to.
Published on December 22, 2002 by Donald G McGahan
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