Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Jim Campilongo and the 10 Gallon Cats - Loosedotdotdot
artworkAnother disc full of cowboy jazz and Texas swing from Jim Campilongo and the 10 Gallon Cats. As before, there are a couple of cool tracks, most notably "Harlem Nocturne." No surf, but sunny seaside lap steel and fun.
Picks: Bustin' Up, Harlem Nocturne, Botro The Robot, Loose, Fiesta, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, The Girl With Red Eyes, Alien Autopsy, Mr. Sandman, Pluto, Above Paradise

Track by Track Review


Bustin' Up dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Frothy bouncy cowboy twill with a hot time dancin' beat. very fun.

Harlem Nocturne dotdotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

This is a mighty sultry version of Earl Hagen's "Harlem Nocturne." It's appropriately slow and dangerous, and drips cactus and hay. The laps steel lead and cowboy ethics add immeasurably to the twang and dockside visions. Very cool!!!

Botro The Robot dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Tribal tom toms, percussive lap steel, edgie rock guitar, and a noodly riff... it's like an inverted Kraut Rock anthem. Cool and quirky, and dissonant too.

Loose dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Slow and soft, like an Earl Hagen theme. It doesn't quite get going, yet percolates slowly in a backwater pond.

Fiesta dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Fast and furious fun in the sun bashing the old piñata. Quirky and jazzy, cowboy and fun.

Pee Wee's Big Adventure dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Yup, it's dedicated to Pee-wee Herman, and bouncy like it must be. A little chicken bop, a balloon tire bike with tassels, and a sunny day. Totally playful.

The Girl With Red Eyes dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

"The Girl With Red Eyes" is a very slow and kissy-faced song, with a moody riff and deliberate pace.

Alien Autopsy dotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

Throbbing fuzz, twangy tribute to the Grays, with scalpels and coiled phone cords all around.

Mr. Sandman dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

The Chord-ettes' harmonized hit gets a new lease on life under the light fingered control of Jim Campilongo and the 10 Gallon Cats. Very smooth and fun.

Pluto dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Pluckin' and noodling, jammin' and twistin'. Not melodic or fluid, more nervous and uncomfortable.

Above Paradise dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Dedicated to the dinky room I first saw the Woodies play in, this soft floaty instro has its roots in cowboy jazz and liquid cactus, and healthy nod to "Twilight Time."