Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Les Champions - French 60s EP Collection Vol 3dotdot
artworkMore instrumentals, but just one winner. Pretty unremarkable.
Picks: Tempete Sur Hawai

Track by Track Review


L'Infini Au Soleil dotdotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

"L'Infini Au Soleil" is a sunny number with excellent rolling drums and walking bass. Its arrangement fits it well. Chamber reverb on the drum kit is used to expand the ambiance.

Le Train dotdotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

Whammy implies train whistles while drums generate the chug factor. Some fine drum work here, and short echoed notes on guitar. OK, but you probably won't remember it tomorrow.

Tempete Sur Hawai dotdotdot
Pop Surf (Instrumental)

"Storm On Hawaii" does have some Hawaiian elements, some gruff guitar, some cool percussion, and clearly could be converted to a surf tome in the mold of The Sentinals' "Sunset Beach." This is pretty cool, especially in this context. Nice whammy chords.

Blue Star dotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

Victor Young's theme to Medic is done with some edge, but doesn't rise to capture your attention.

Le Marsupilami dot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

Goofy cartoon pop. Quite forgettable.

Galloping Twist dot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

Never mind. Just a circular riff in a crude format. Can you say jam?

Les Yeux Noirs dotdotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

Yevhen Hrebinka's "Les Yeux Noirs" ("Black Eyes"/"Dark Eyes") is done with tango influences and some respect, and sports some cool string bending, but is otherwise just so-so.

Poupee Brisee dotdotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

"Poupee Brisee" is a goofy song with a very studio concoction sound. It's the kind of arrangement that such things tend to develop. Modestly interesting easy listening pop rock.

Barcarolle dotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

Yeah... if Buddy Merrill was French, he would have done things like this. "Barcarolle" quite well done, but it sure isn't very rock'n'roll! Only the loudness of the lead amp hints at the genre.

Le Marsupilami dotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

This is an alternate version of "Le Marsupilami," and it's both crisper and more rock-like, and much more goofy via the chants.

Poupee Brisee dotdotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

"Poupee Brisee" is a goofy song with a very studio concoction sound. It's the kind of arrangement that such things tend to develop. Modestly interesting easy listening pop rock.