The Dick Dale show last night was great. Phenomenal. Etc. The fidelity was astounding: I seriously don't know if I've ever heard a show that sounded that good before. And the acoustics at the Cabooze are pretty poor, so I don't think it's just that I've accustomed myself to the patented "Wall of Mud" sound you get at local Clear Channel club, the Quest.
Also of note: House of the Rising Sun and Amazing Grace are officially dead to me. I have now seen the ultimate, perfect version of those two tracks performed live. Any further listenings will merely bring a wistful look to my eyes, as I stare into the sunset and ponder better days... specifically, that one day, yesterday.
The cover of Ring of Fire was also pretty good... just not definitively amazing. And Fever was phenomenal live. Not to mention all the instrumental tracks I couldn't name to save my life (except for the Peter Gunn theme: too short!), but loved regardless.
So anyways: if you've got a chance to see him later in the tour--or in later years, since he seems to do this every May--and have any interest in surf or just in guitar virtuosos, then you should definitely check it out.
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