Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Big Eye - Greatest Surf Guitar Classicsdot
artworkThis CD does not identify an artist name (so I guessed), and is a crass attempt to cash in of the surf tsunami. You can tell right off because the titles are not all surf despite the CD's title, or even guitar songs for that matter. Once you listen, you quickly discover that the sound is not even in the vicinity of surf, and worse yet, the titles aren't even correct. The blatant ignorance of the packager/artist is only exceeded by the deceptiveness of it all. They (he, she, or it) can play, but seem totally unaware of what the genre is all about.
Picks: Walk Don't Run, Wipeout, Pipeline, Tequila, Bombora, Apache, Hawaii Five-0, Rebel Rouser, Albatross, Perfidia

Track by Track Review


Walk Don't Run dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a relatively unfeeling Venturized version, tight but completely unremarkable. Not a surf tone nor surf beat in sight. The guitar is effected through a sweeping envelope filter, and the bass is direct fed with that thin eighties sound.

Wipeout dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Mistitled "Wipeout" (the Impacts' tune), this hopelessly energy free rock version of the Surfaris' "Wipe Out" misses on the drum front, the guitar front, and the sound front. It's emotionless and unimaginative, though the damped chop break is pretty cool.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The glissando is carried on the dry bass, and the guitar hasn't seen reverb in a decade. Shamelessly sterile and unimpressive.

Tequila dotdotdotdot
Latin R&B Rock (Instrumental)

This is their BIG HIT!. It is a sax based number that was probably the frat house standard, long before "Louie Louie" was. The spoken "Tequila" at the end of the lines has become a standard of Latin party rock. Very infectious.

Bombora dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The writing is credited to Gene Weed, but it's not the Original Surfaris' "Bombora," it's the Atlantics' tune of the same name. It's better than the rest here, but not more like a rock song than a surf song.

Apache dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Based on the Shadows, using quieter tones and attack, and playing in a sterile fashion, "Apache" is tight and precise, but just so-so.

Hawaii Five-0
Rock (Instrumental)

Jeepers, eighties Latin drums, but otherwise very close to the Ventures TV theme cover. Hokey at best.

Rebel Rouser
Rock (Instrumental)

Duane Eddy wasn't surf, and this isn't a surf song. Then again, this isn't a surf band, or even a pale imitation. Tame assigns more energy than it deserves.

Albatross dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The title is wrong, despite the credit to Peter Green. This is really the Shadows' "Foot Tapper," and it's not anywhere near as interesting as theirs or the Challengers' cover. Sterile.

Perfidia dot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Ventures dried up and dumbed down. Completely unremarkable, like elevator rock. The compression damps the audio on the over modulated cymbals too. Dry, dry, dry. Cheese with that whine?