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Frankie & The Poolboys just received a review in the latest issue of Vintage Guitar Magazine:

Frankie & The Pool Boys - Vintage Guitar - May 2009
by Dan Forte

If The Ventures, for instance, were still in the practice of mining regional bands' repertoires for material, they do well to check out ... Frankie & The Pool Boys. This self-titled splinter project of Pollo Del Mar guitarist Ferenc Dobronyi features every surf band's drummer of choice, Dusty Watson, and PDM bassist Jeff Turner along with such guest guitarists as Slacktone's Dave Wronski, The Surf Coasters' Shigeo Naka, The Space Cossacks' Ivan Pongracic and The Ventures Bob Spalding (supplying "wiggly guitar" on the Ventures' "Fugitive," one of the album's few covers. Fourteen of the CD's songs were written by Dobronyi. Inspired by Frank Zappa's Ruben & The Jets, he began recasting Pollo songs as surf instrumentals, and then started writing new tunes. The result is perhaps the party record of this batch! You want reverb? Try on the throbbing "The Raven" or the seductive (and onomatopoetically titled) "Teke Teke Teke." In the mood for whammy bar? There's the Shadowesque "Finito Bandito" or the whacked out "Little Woman, Big Dog" featuring Naka. And, just for yucks, Frankie & Co. turn Sir Edward Elgar's "Pomp and Circumstance March" into "Pumpin' Surfing Stance" (get it?). Graduation day will never be the same.

If you haven't picked up this CD yet, you can purchase it online at:

Or at one of Pollo Del Mar's upcoming shows:

Sunday, February 15
The Hotel Utah - 100 Year Celebration!
Fourth and Bryant in San Francisco
2PM - 6PM
with Slacktone & The Pyronauts

More shows to be announced soon!

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Congrats to Frankie & The Pool Boys! What a fantastic CD.

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Great review! Congrats!!!
Good album - good review!!!
All the best!

Twang cheers!
Ralf Kilauea

Twang cheers!

Ralf Kilauea

It really is a great cd!! Glad to see it getting some accolades!

Congrats Ferenc...

feel free to do another one.... haha

Congrats Ferenc! Its a great album and it just keeps getting better with every listen.

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Congradulations Ferenc!, great CD definetly deserves a mention in Vintage Guitar.

This CD makes almost all other surf CDs look and sound like poop!

...smell too!

Congrats on a well deserved review. It is a great, fresh sounding CD. We cover Amber Waves _and it's a real crowd pleaser. We hope to add _Ewa to one of our sets soon. That's also a great tune. Keep the inspiration coming, Ferenc.



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Plus! Other stuff not surf:
Enjoy every minute

Well-deserved! It's an astonishingly good CD, and it's a real honor to be on it. Ferenc is one seriously talented dude!!! Here's hoping there will be another F&tPB CD!

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Well gang, reviews are nice, but respect among peers is the highest praise! Thanks so much for listening to my music!

Congrats on a well deserved review. It is a great, fresh sounding CD. We cover Amber Waves _and it's a real crowd pleaser. We hope to add _Ewa to one of our sets soon. That's also a great tune. Keep the inspiration coming, Ferenc.

If you ever get any kind of live recording, I'd love to hear it!!!

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very cool!!!!!!! definately one of the best releases of the last (couple of) year (s).

does VG mag also list the sale adresses? that would be great.

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"When in Italy, if the menu says something's grilled, don't assume it is."

Congrats to Ferenc and all involved.
killer cd for sure.


I would like to add that aside from 'Frankie & The Poolboys' being a great album, That I am totally impressed by the quality of playing done by all the musicians that all belong to different bands.

Shows real talent and musicianship!

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