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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

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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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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.

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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.

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

I think maybe the Duotones also???


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.

Last edited: May 31, 2018 03:30:25

Where can I find the Detenators version at?

Maybe YouTube


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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