Kai Winding

More!!!: The Theme from Mondo Cane

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A strict surf album this is not, despite the packaging and a few titles. More is really the classic, best-selling album launching Kai Winding's mod sound. Actually, it is Claus Ogerman and Winding's sound, helped out in no small part by Kenny Burrell on guitar. Except when obviously imitating standard surf guitar, Burrell provides texture, specifically the "water sound" popularized by Vinnie Bell. Within this warm bath, as it were, the piercing electronic ondioline shimmers icily. The rhythm is basic "big beat" rock, and melody never really has a chance to escape blues figures, which is just as well. "Soul Surfin'" (also the reissue title of the album) is the longest track at 3:50, and with the others at around the two minute mark, the whole thing splashes by like a breaker. But just as a quick dip in the Pacific elicits an appetite, More leaves you hungry for, well, Mondo Cane #2.

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