Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Cocktail Preachers - Spy-Fidotdotdot
This is the commercial release - expanded from the early demo version. Even better.
Picks: Bailout, Preacher Stomp, Pajama Party, Tiki Lounge Mix, Mecca, Kickstart Torpedo, Spy-Fi, Yo Quiero Talento, Go Betty, Deep Deep Space, Long Boards Rule, Smokin' Tune, Albatross Joe, Oxygen

Track by Track Review

Bailout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Double picked parachuting spies with a solid beat. The slightly Spanish feel, and the warmth of the delivery help make this a pleasant trip. Melodic and full of swimming whammy. An excellent tune.

Preacher Stomp dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spy saxophony, chunked guitar beat, and an anxious riff, slightly nasty, slightly uneasy. This is an unusually structured tune. Quite cool.

Pajama Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Laughing-giggling girls can be heard as the band plays a big suave party number. The organ howls under the guitar in a frat party whammy bar kinda blend. Fun and fluid.

Tiki Lounge Mix dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Tiki Lounge Mix" is a slow groove, a fluid afternoon verandah number that brings images of funny shaped glasses with little umbrellas in them, and undulating patrons being poured into motion. Very nice.

Mecca dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

"Mecca" is rhythmic and fluid, not exactly middle eastern, but exotic and nicely written. It has very pleasing melody line, and a solid arrangement. The vibes lead sound and Latin groove backtrack add up to one slushy track with lots of party goodness. A little more guitar and a little less drums in the mix, and it would be perfecto mundo!

Kickstart Torpedo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Kickstart Torpedo" has a minimal riff, but it's friendly and enjoyable, and played with lots of energy. This is very surfable track. The tiniest sounding motorbike engine I've ever heard is kick started and wound up like a rubber band.

Spy-Fi dotdotdot
Spy (Instrumental)

Slightly spacy, quite saucy, sax led with crunchy dissonant guitar and a slow moody rhythm section. It's got that waterfront feel to it.

Yo Quiero Talento dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chunky chop top delivery, percussive performance, and a string bent edge with whammy. It's a really interesting side trip, a journey back stage where the talent hangs out.

Go Betty dotdotdot
Jazz Surf (Instrumental)

This is a jazzy number, kinda sultry, sorta bubbly, a little exotic, and oozing undulating female forms. Quite fine.

Deep Deep Space dotdotdot
TV Space (Instrumental)

Theremin warbling and "Out OF Limits" guitar licks intro this eerie riff driven number, with keyboard simulation of the fifties female space chorus sound. It's a progression based thing with plenty of coy TV space movie theme sound. Quite nicely done and effective.

Long Boards Rule dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a chunky sorta thing, based on a detuned Jan and Dean melody and lots of choppy rhythm. It's highly unusual structure and combination of familiar elements gives it a fresh feel. The Kinks "You Really Got Me" emphasis chords are cool too.

Smokin' Tune dotdotdotdot
Bachelor Pad Suave (Instrumental)

This is a slinky semi loungy number with a fine fluid melody and interesting interplay between the lead and the backtrack. The horn and semi-ska rhythm break make it even more bachelor pad cool.

Albatross Joe dotdotdotdot
Bachelor Pad Suave (Instrumental)

This is one fast chunky number, like a minor Surf Trio thing with edgy guitar and tenacious energy, plus some nasty double picking, along with some cool whammy dips. Yowsa!

Oxygen dotdotdotdot
Shimmering Suave (Instrumental)

Vibrato throbs the lead guitar over a slow and moody low-key backtrack. It is pretty and sad, almost dangerous without being menacing. Quite pretty and most appealing. Simply shimmers.