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Permalink Playing Dick Dale's "The Wedge"

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Jake, FAN-tastic! Thank you so VERY MUCH! I really appreciate that, you're too kind! Cheers

Ivan
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Ivan, in your original post you made reference to something that I noticed and figured out in a lot of DD's playing is that on his trem side runs that he hits through the E string which gives that unmatched ringing. I was listening to DD while cleaning the garage a month ago and that's when it first dawned on my and why he sounds so incredible unique and it can't be duplicated easily. I tried! Us standard players have to upstroke from the bottom with a lot of power whereas for him it all came naturally to down stroke and power through the run. This runs throughout his catalog when he's doing runs and I wonder if it was just sloppy playing and he realized how incredible it sounded and just went with it.

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Totally wrong! Here's how it's done proper:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbonHS_mONo

Earl Palmer's drumming is what makes that song, in my opinion. The Capitol version is THE version. None other approaches it in pace and energy. Earl may have been just a simple session drummer (that's irony) but he seemed to understand surf music better than many who were more intimately involved in it. I've never heard a version of The Wedge that didn't make me just want to listen to the Capitol version.

Last edited: Mar 05, 2018 13:09:52

This may be a matter of liking what I heard first, but I actually prefer the version of this entitled "A Run For Life" with horn section and more prominent backing vocals. I have it on an old Rhino surf comp.

Anyone ever try to play this song as a slow tune?

gc24 wrote:

Anyone ever try to play this song as a slow tune?

Not that I've ever heard.

The Mystery Men?
SSS Agent #31

The Detonators play a slow version. Quite good I must say.

I think maybe the Duotones also???

Jeff(bigtikidude)

bigtikidude wrote:

I think maybe the Duotones also???

Nope. They're pretty much ripping it! (at least on the record) ~172bpm. Dick's: ~185bpm.
I'm working on an ambient version, for sick people.

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Where can I find the Detenators version at?

Maybe YouTube

Jeff(bigtikidude)

Nah, tried that.

Cocktail Preachers did a slow version as well it's quite good. Can't find a link anywhere though. Send me an email if you want and I'll send you the soundfile .

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Detonators had a CD, might have just been self recorded and not released. I will see if I can find it and if there's label info.

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