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Cruisin' Pacific Coast Highways

by Tim Coffman

CD opens with the sounds of the waves and foam from the Pacific Ocean lapping against the rocks and coming up on a sandy beach, The reverb drenched guitars provide the ambience a surfing expedition with friends or a day at the beach
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  Song Share Time Download
1. E-Z Riders
3:12 album only
2. Tow-In
4:42 album only
3. JungleWave
4:41 album only
4. Fresh Roses 2
4:29 album only
5. Fascination
4:16 album only
6. Surfer Strut
3:51 album only
7. Ode' To My VW Bus
3:50 album only
8. Which Way Is Up
3:35 album only
9. Big Wave Gypsies
3:39 album only
10. Last Set
4:01 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
6 CD Reviews * Interview with TIm Coffman * Bio of Tim Coffman

TIM COFFMAN - Cruisin' Pacific Coast Highways
Instrumental Soundtracks - “The Longboard Collection”
(Rolltop Music)

One of the great guitar instrumental albums, in the spirit of West Coast instro-cool, to be released this decade, Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways - The Longboard Collection brings San Diego guitarist Tim Coffman back into the instro rock spotlight.
In recent years, Coffman has successfully diversified his Rolltop label and has even released a vocal / instro album of Hawaiian music (called Ka Hula O Na Niu), but the 2011 CD release Cruisin’ PCH is a solid Ventures / Sandals West Coast style dig. In fact you can almost hear the echoes of the “Endless Summer”theme permeating through the Cruisin' grooves but Coffman actually spins off the classic sound by adding steel guitar to his Strat / Tele style twang.
The CD serves up a most solid spin that also works as a surf-rock soundtrack, while the CD closer, “Last Set” will leave you misty eyed. It's worth noting that while Coffman writes and performs a number of instruments here, he also spotlights a number of musicians that make some awesome contributions, including Duncan Moore on drums.
As an audio experience, the distortion free CD sound is quite full bodied and has the capacity to bring out the best in audiophile stereo equipment. (for those of us old enough to remember such things!) Throughout, Coffman employs a wide range of guitars and all vintage gear to get that classic surf-rock sound.
Interestingly, Cruisin’ PCH is actually the first in a series of guitar instrumental albums that Coffman has planned that celebrates California’s long and winding coastal highways. Surf-rock guitar fans will hang ten in guitar paradise while admiring the merits of Tim Coffman’s latest instro rock masterpiece.

Robert Silverstein - MUSIC WEB EXPRESS 3000 - www.mwe3.com

Issue 102 November 2011

"Tim's guitars are always welcome at NGD and the opener "E-Z Riders" is a
joyful, jangly guitars, cheerful opus which moves along in a real boppy
manner and we love it! This is the track we kept playing but "Tow In" is
just as good! Crystal clear production again on another up-tempo theme that
reminds us of The Ventures meeting Dire Straits meeting Canada's Falcons -
just lovely.
Liked the titles too - who can imagine words like "Gypsies" and
"Jungle" next to "Wave". Speaking of that "Jungle Wave" is another great
reverb guitar track, highly melodic and addictive. "Fresh Roses II" slows
down to a gentle, almost jazzy, exotic relaxing sound until the beat returns
with a weird little thumper called "Fascination" with a bit of keyboard,
again great to listen to. "Surfer Strut" carries a 'red Indian' beat and
moves along with a menace!
"Ode ..." is again, a solid little medium tempo rocker with intent and
nicely structured with great interplay between layers of guitars. "Which Way
Is Up" sounds like a Japanese pops guitar workout played with energy before
we reach the delightful guitar seascape that is "Big Wave Gypsies". "Last Set"
is a dramatic, evocative deep throated Duane Eddy guitar which is just lush.
This is far and away the best Tim has ever done. It's getting towards end of
October as I write this and it's bloody freezing in the UK but I'm putting this in my
car and pretending I'm on the Californian shore line. A whopping ****
(Davy, NEW GANDY DANCER Magazine, UK)"

Independent Music Reviews
Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways- “The Longboard Collection”
Tim Coffman - Instrumental Soundtracks

I drove up to Trestles (The famous Southern California surf spot) two days in a row to surf some incredible 4 to 6 foot waves. I put in the CD Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways by Tim Coffman each day and was immediately brought back to my childhood years growing up in San Clemente where surfing, travel and music was at the forefront of life.
The music on this CD has a wide range of flavors to taste and enjoy. I was very impressed with the sound production and the guitar tones. My favorite songs were "Fascination", "Which Way Up" and "Last Set". Each of these songs gave me the feel of riding my surfboard walking to the nose and hanging ten. I loved the energy that came from the guitars and then a great song to end the whole CD was Last Set.
The whole album took me on a journey that was perfect to reminisce, waking up early to go surf San Onofre in the family Ford station wagon with wood on the sides, long boards stacked in the back with the fins hanging outside the window and six kids excited to head down to the beach early in the morning. Take this CD with you on any trip to experience the joys of Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways and enjoy the journey of life with great music right along side you.
Steve Antti is a surfer, songwriter and music producer that has traveled the world surfing, playing music and enjoying the simple things in life like great music when traveling. steveantti.com
If you loved the Ventures and miss that sound, pick-up a copy of “Cruisin' Pacific Coast Highways” the new CD by Tim Coffman.
The music flows and transcends you to a sunset drive of colorful musical beauty. The instrumental soundtracks are of high quality recorded with that big analytic sound. My favorite cuts are; E-Z Rider, Surfer Strut, Ode To My VW Bus, Which Way Is Up."
Currently John Francis Peters is working as an artist, devoting his life to painting nature. In music circles John is best known for producing 2 albums in the 70s for Don McLean, "Solo" and Prime Time". You can reach John at www.johnfpeters.com
What a joy to play the new “Longboard Collection” from Tim Coffman’s Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways series. Even if you’ve never been on a board, the rhythm of these unabashedly surfer tunes will make you dream of waves at Ponto, Trestles, or Huntington. Coffman has established his own sound, style, and delivery of these happy melodies (it’s an all instrumental effort) that makes this set of ten cuts distinctive from other beach music albums out there. Particularly appealing is the cut, Ode to My VW Bus, which in both title and sound, cements his credibility in the surf music genre. This is not loud or raucous party music; instead, The “Longboard Collection” is designed for listening and straight-on enjoyment.
This CD is the first of a series that Coffman plans as a homage to California’s legendary Pacific Coast Highways. In each tune, you’ll clearly hear his close relationship with the water and community. Also of important note is the technical vibrancy and depth of the sound. The music was recorded on vintage tube equipment, similar to that used by the 60s surfer bands to achieve the Telefunken sound so familiar to those of us who appreciate the richness of analog.
Ronn Rohe is a blonde beach city lifer who doesn’t surf, but loves to watch the pros, wherever the waves may be.
Crusin’ Pacific Coast Highways is another exciting release by Tim Coffman for Rolltop Records. I’m already looking forward to the next installment in the series, but don’t look too far forward because this motivating CD is worth a heavy rotation on your iPod and all the other listening devices you might own.
There’s a long list of excellent and familiar musicians here. Outstanding ensembles display plenty of driving rhythms, biting guitars, soaring sax, and remarkable keyboards. The true fun to Crusin’ Pacific Coast Highways is the musical expression of an afternoon ride through the small coastal towns that make up Southern California, the sand between your toes, and a tumble in the roaring surf. After a good rain the air is clean and crisp, even in L.A., and the distant mountains will loom so close you get a sweet glimpse of the beauty that drew people to the area in the middle of the last century. This CD is a taste of that glimpse through the splendor of sound.
My top four favorites are Big Wave Gypies, Surfer Strut, Fresh Roses II, and Jungle Wave.

Leif Skartland Sr. / leifsr@yahoo.com

Music Web Express 3000 presents an interview with
TIM COFFMAN – “Cruisin Pacific Coast Highways”
Rolltop Music

mwe3: Tell me about the events that led up to the release of Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways - The Longboard Collection. I hear you’ve got a whole series of Cruisin’ CDs / instrumental soundtracks (as you call them) planned that are devoted to sonically depicting the scenic grandeur of the California coastline. Why did you call this first one The Longboard Collection in the title and what other titles do you envision coming out one day?

TC: Several years ago I was in Oceanside California at the California Surf Museum and I had some time before my next appointment so I decided to drive south on the Coast Highway rather than take the freeway. There are parts of Coast Highway that are right next to the Pacific Ocean and it was a beautiful summer day, the beaches were full, the surfers were riding the waves and you just couldn’t help being in a great mood. I have traveled that road many times and had never really thought about the great impact it had on me. That was the start of the idea to commemorate the Pacific Coast Highways.

I called the first CD The Longboard Collection because that best describes the style, although there are many other influences, all the tracks take you to the beach. It also is the beginning of my own story, my first board was a 11’ 6” Longboard.

The next CD in the series is called Island Breezes and it’s almost ready to release. The music is Instrumental Soundtracks that bring together the Aloha of the Hawaiian Islands with the California beach culture. The next two will be an original collection of spy music (Bond style) and a collection of western music.

MWE3: I heard you played a number of instruments on the CD. How about drums and how did you get such a clean sound in the studio and can you say something about the vintage guitars you play on the album and how they were recorded? It sounds like there’s some steel guitar on there as well.

TC: One thing that is important to me is the drums themselves, I have a 1965 Ludwig kit that I had all the bearing edges re-cut and with new skins this kit sounds amazing. The next thing for me is a great drummer. Duncan Moore is the primary drummer on the CD and he does a great job of pulling the sound out of the drums. I used many guitars, Strat, Jaguar, Mustang, Telecaster, Ventura and a old Silvertone. Most of the time either a Shure ‘57 or Royer 121 into old Neve’s or API Mic Pres. The Steel was recorded in Hawaii with my friend and Hawaiian steel master Greg Sardinha.

MWE3: In an effort to enhance the guitar sound, what part does using vintage amps, effects and vintage recording gear play in helping you get that clean, retro surf-rock sound.

TC: Here is an interesting story. I recorded commercials for a few years and my job was to record the music with a specific sound in mind. One day the client would be looking for the sound of Revolver by the Beatles, the next session might be BB King, The Beach Boys or Charango. I had to listen to the sound, do the research and learn what guitars. amps, effects and recording gear would produce that sound. It was crazy at times but I learned how to produce authentic vintage sounds and I have used that experience on my own music. You never stop learning in the recording business but there is one thing that never changes, there are no shortcuts to a great vintage sound. You do need the real gear to get the real sound.

MWE3: The CD closer, “Last Set” is a sonic masterpiece. Sounds like, Glen Campbell meets The Sandals on the Kona Coast! How did you layer the guitars (how many guitars) on that track and overall how do you layer guitars and guitar sounds to get the maximum fretboard effect?

TC: “Last Set” is two guitars played in real time using different old limiters to get that sound. I can’t remember how many guitar tracks but there is a lot. Much of it is experimenting until you get the right sound. I also like old guitar pick ups, sometimes a modern pickup that is to hot will not give you the best recording sound. The Steel was recorded in Hawaii with Greg Sardinha and his track is a nice part of the song.

MWE3: Where did you grow up and what guitars (brands, looks, imagery, sound, etc.) and guitarists / bands influenced your playing the most?

TC: I grew up in San Diego and I love all good guitars. Fenders, Gibsons, Gretschs or Taylors they all have a unique and usable sound. I have always been open to a lot of different styles and artists. The early influences were the Beatles, Ventures, Frank Sinatra, Chet Atkins and the Doors. Later it was Fleetwood Mac, U2, Bee Gees, Foreigner, Bob Seeger and Tom Petty. Recently I have gotten into Donald Fagen, Asleep At The Wheel, Charango and Andrea Buchelli. I value soul and tone over style.

mwe3: What’s the latest news from your Rolltop Records? What role do you play there and who are some of the artists you’re working with on the label? Do you do A&R too? Does Rolltop have a label philosophy? How about mixing and mastering? Is that up your street (so to speak) too?

TC: We do have a philosophy at Rolltop Music. We are always looking for projects that are unique and artists that can be developed for the long term. We are very excited about our newest artist Sarah Maisel. She is a very gifted ukulele player and singer that does jazz and standards from the American Songbook. She is not only a talented musician but has a great work ethic, we are seeing her audience grow. Her first two CDs Have Uke Will Travel and In The Moment are doing well. She performs solo and with a band.

Rolltop Music is a small label and so we all wear a lot of hats. I oversee most of the A&R, artwork and promotion and will do the tracking whenever possible. I will give input, approve the final mixes and sit in on the mix sessions but I want the other Rolltop engineers to take the lead on mixing and mastering, they are very talented guys.

mwe3: What have you got planned for the coming year, musically, and with the Rolltop label and how about other plans up and coming?

TC: We would like to do 3 more Crusin’ Pacfic Coast Highways CDs, a new Sarah Maisel project and a new Christmas CD.

mwe3: Can you say something about the albums Rolltop has released by Sarah Maisel? How did you meet Sarah and decide to release her music and what do you think Sarah's music and CD releases adds to the Rolltop catalog?

TC: 5 or 6 years ago I produced several CDs for a prominent jazz singer named Marchand Melcher, a few artists heard those recordings and some doors opened to work on some nice projects. One opportunity that came from that was, recording, The Dance Of The Palm Trees, a collection of classic Hawaiian music. One day the two Hawaiian musicians Frank Leong and Herb Pillilaau asked me if they could bring this girl named Sarah to the next session. After I heard her play, I asked her if she would like to do a song on the project and she agreed to record the song “Waikiki”. In the last couple of years we have done two more CD project with her, Have Uke Will Travel and In The Moment. The instrumentation includes drums with brushes, acoustic bass, jazz guitar, ukulele and vocals. What makes Sarah unique is she is a prominent female ukulele player in a male dominated field, she is an authentic jazz musician and she can sing very well. We don’t know of any other ukulele artist like Sarah that does jazz and standards. She also does some Hawaiian and country standards. There has been an enthusiastic response to Sarah’s music and she brings a new dimension to the Rolltop catalog. Her CD Have Uke Will Travel has classic songs like "The Lady is a Tramp", "Walkin’ After Midnight", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "On The Road Again" and "Misty". Her second CD includes "Quiet Night Of Quiet Stars", "Have To Say I Love You In A Song" and the James Taylor favorite "Carolina In My Mind". All recorded in a vintage studio, it’s fun to buy a CD again.

Thank you to Tim Coffman @ www.rolltopmusic.com / www.CruisinPCH.com / email: tim@rolltopmusic.com

STORY/Bio - Tim Coffman / Songwriter/Musician/Producer
CONTACT: Pam - Rolltop Music / E-mail: pam@rolltopmusic.com

Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways is the latest CD release from San Diego-based Indie label, Rolltop Records. Written, arranged and produced by Tim Coffman, , The Longboard Collection” is the first in a series of CDs that celebrates and commemorates California’s coastal highways, known as State Route1 or California 1, some portions also have a name designation, such as Pacific Highway, Cabrillo Highway, Coast Highway or the best-known road, Pacific Coast Highway, which the locals simply call PCH. These scenic coastal highways reveal a way of life as they pass through California’s unique beach communities.

Musically, Cruisin’ PCH has a stellar list of driving, up-tempo instrumentals. The old skool surf music rocks with that longboard sound and the vibe is just right for Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways. This is Coffman’s sixth original music project and is a collection of some of Tim’s best surf music recordings. Having all these songs in one collection is a great experience.

This original music journey actually began nearly 10 years ago. In 2002, Coffman began recording This Is Fun, his first personal project of instrumental songs that he had written over a 10-year span but had never gotten around to recording. The resulting nine-track CD represents a sentimental trip back to the 60’s, when melody dominated popular music. Coffman then added just the right blend of contemporary spices and captured the essence of the instrumental pop music genre of the time. The result is some very fresh "Vintage Soundtracks."
Never content to rest on his laurels, Coffman wrote and produced the 2003 release Nonstop to Paris, which was embraced by smooth jazz radio and during its debut week scored on the list of top 10 most added radio singles. Destined to be a smooth jazz favorite Nonstop to Paris is a mix of Cool Jazz, smooth Jazz and deep vintage grooves.

But to tell the story in more depth, we need to go back to Coffman’s roots in a three-decade career that has taken him from sharing the stage with rock music luminaries Steppenwolf and the Dave Clark Five to country legends Roy Clark and Jimmy Dean. During the following years Coffman performed as a front man and bassist for several West Coast bands and worked as a freelance songwriter and producer.
Coffman’s natural progression from performer to producer began in earnest in 1984 when he opened a small recording studio in San Diego and began building a solid reputation as a music producer and engineer. During the years that followed, Coffman produced hundreds of projects including local and national commercials, and full length CDs for Classical, Jazz, Rock, Blues, Latin and Contemporary Gospel artists.
In 1986, Coffman founded Rolltop Records as a way to promote the artists he was recording. Rolltop, named for the huge desk in which the studio mixing board was set, became the epicenter for many recording artists in San Diego. Coffman also enjoyed a stint as a successful concert promoter, working with many leading Gospel artists, including Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith and others.
In 1993, Coffman launched a series of CDs that eventually grew to six volumes of praise and worship music. Drawing almost solely on hometown talent, the Adventures worship series continues to enjoyed national airplay on over 250 Gospel stations.
Now, fast forward to 2011. Cruisin’ Pacific Coast Highways is a unique collection of music that is sure to be a favorite with both longboarders and traveling enthusiast.

Some things never change.



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