Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Billy-Blast-Off And The Surf Rockets - MySpace
|Five grand tracks from Billy-Blast-Off And The Surf Rockets liberated from their MySpace page. "I Want It That Way" appears to be a new track, and it's amazingly beautiful.|
Picks: Albatross, White Rabbit, Out Of Control, Hot Line, I Want It That Way
Track by Track Review
This is a superb and very moody surf take on Fleetwood Mac's classic "Albatross." Spatially eerie in a wash of deep reverb, the surf plays out across a black seascape where danger rides in on dark tubes, settling into a gentle glide across the placid waters of the lagoon. I love this!
Darby Slick's anthem that his ex-sister-in-law Grace Slick brought to Jefferson Airplane to become their first hit is completely surfed and bigger than life. The double pick verse is intense, and the entire arrangement oozes charm and psychedelic surf.
Scary slow introduction and feedback give way to great rhythms and rockin' assault. The gradual shift through the wah wah (or phase shifter) gives this original a sense of space and danger. Thoroughly cool!
The Ventures' "Hot Line" is a gutty glissando exercise that's compelling. The whammy and the jangle chords create an original sound for this venerable classic.
Boy, talk about lovely! "I Want It That Way" is a gloriously romantic liquid song. It gently rolls across a glassy swell at sunset. Wow!