Title - 'Tiki Lounge Live'
Artist - MerrellFankhauser
For those not in the know, Merrell Fankhauser is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s with bands including the Impacts, Merrell & the Exiles, HMS Bounty, Fankhauser-Cassidy Band, and MU.
In addition, 12 songs recorded by Merrell & the Exiles were later released under the group name Fapardokly, even though that group never actually existed!
After moving to San Luis Obispo, California in his teens, he began playing guitar, and got his first break playing in movie theaters and talent shows.
In 1960, after one of these shows, he joined a local band The Impacts as lead guitarist. Their Ventures-influenced sound developed a strong following at the start of the surfing scene.
That surf vibe stayed with Fankhauser forever thereafter and now the legendary psychedelic surf guitarist returns with a live set inspired by his long running TV and radio show, Tiki Lounge!
1. Merrell 'Fair Winds Blowin'
2. The Brymers 'Love Of Rock N Roll'
3. Lindsey Ikeno 'My Ipo'
4. Tim Fankhauser 'Witch Doctor'
5. Merrell 'Jungle Lo Lo Band'
6. Merrell 'Sweet Janeita'
7. Merrell 'Nawiliwili With You'
8. Merrell 'Feelin Ok'
9. Merrell & Ed Cassidy 'Out Of The Town'
10. Big John 'Rockin Country'
11. Merrell 'California Cosmic Jam'
12. Merrell 'Tiki Lounge'
Opening with the upbeat 'Fair Winds Blowin' and backing that up with the Neil Youngesque 'Love Of Rock N Roll' from The Brymers, the album continues onward in various styles. Such as Lindsey Ikeno's island-styled 'My Ipo', which is followed by the husky vocal styling of Merrell's brothe Tim on the slow funk of 'Witch Doctor'.
Merrell takes the lead again on 'Jungle Lo Lo Band', the romantic hipsway of 'Sweet Janeita', the surf ride of 'Nawiliwili With You', and then the brilliant country-tinged 'Feelin Ok'.
Featuring a guest appearance by Ed Cassidy of Spirit, 'Out Of The Town' is a blues jam of the highest order and that's followed by the Johnny Cashesque 'Rockin Country' from Big John. The album then rounds out perfectly with the '60s flashback 'California Cosmic Jam', before the title track, 'Tiki Lounge'.
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