Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Big Brother and the Holding Company - Can't Go Homedotdot
artworkOK, so you're wondering how such a psych-blues dinosaur could be in this list of surf. Well, it is a bit of a stretch. The reason is simple. This French CD releases a few live recordings from the early seventies, long after the departure of Janis Joplin, and near the end of their life. There turned out to be three instros on the disc, two of which are segments of a performance of "Ghost Riders In The Sky." The recordings are ambient,probably rehearsals. The performances are tepid, with a fairly sterile deliverance of the Stan Jones classic.
Picks: Machine Song, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky (Reprise)

Track by Track Review


Machine Song dotdotdot
Blues Jam (Instrumental)

This track is aptly named, with it's mechanical drums and rhythm. It's more a blues-based jam than anything else. Not very interesting beyond the first couple of minutes, but listenable none the less.

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdot
Cowboy Blues Rock (Instrumental)

Part 1 of a slow country blues rock variation of Stan Jones' incredible cowboy classic. It's slower than you'd expect, but it works just fine. There's nothing surf about it, except that it has been surfed up so many times. Good listening, despite the crude recording.

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky (Reprise) dotdotdot
Cowboy Blues Rock (Instrumental)

Part 2 of the same performance, probably initiated by tape run-out.