Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: A Nuestra Aire + Montse + Da Surfonesdotdotdot
artworkThis split CD features three Spanish acts. A Nuestra Aire (Fresh Air) is an oldies review pop band, doing trad US rock 'n' roll & country songs in English and Spanish. Titles like "Too Much" (Elvis Presley), Hey Good Lookin' (Hank Williams), "Like A Tiger" (Fabian), and a few of instros, 15 tracks in all. Montse sings one sultry version of "Fever," finger snaps and all, and way better than Dick Dale. Da Surfones contribute 4 beat generation surf instros, and here's where the CD comes alive.
Picks: Idilio, Tiana Expres [Chattanooga Choo Choo}, Estamos en Forma [In The Mood], Wooguie del Patinete [Guitar Boogie Shuffle], Tonido n Sesenta, Tempesta, Solo Surf, Los Pollos Fritos no Pueden Correr, Platja Nudista

Track by Track Review

Idilio dotdotdot
Loungeabilly (Instrumental)

This is a very smooth and easy instrumental, aged in sound, very pretty, fluid, and oh so delicate. Aimed at the Lawrence Welk crowd, this guitar track is very pleasant, but will not impress the surf fan at all.

Tiana Expres [Chattanooga Choo Choo} dotdotdot
Loungeabilly (Instrumental)

Jeepers, a guitar instro version of this ancient pop standard from the forties (Andrews Sisters?). It's pretty cool, but very laid back. The power cravers among you will be disappointed, but some may find this an enjoyable if uninspired listen.

Estamos en Forma [In The Mood] dotdotdot
Loungeabilly (Instrumental)

This is a version of the Ernie Fields Orchestra hit from the fifties, a tune that is just a progression, written for the big band. The plinking piano is cool, and the guitar is pleasant, but it's nothing to write home about.

Wooguie del Patinete [Guitar Boogie Shuffle] dotdotdot
Loungeabilly (Instrumental)

This energetic fifties rockabilly instro is tamed down for the dinner crowd. It's precise, but seems years and generations out of step.

Tonido n Sesenta dotdotdot
Loungeabilly (Instrumental)

I think this is a Duane Eddy song, but I can't place the title. It's pretty beat oriented, like a late fifties R&B hop. Fun, but unremarkable.

Tempesta dotdotdot
Beat Generation Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very pretty tune, with strong loud lead guitar. It blends a few elements not often together, a soft almost MOR rhythm guitar, and dramatic inspired drums. The bass is solid and appropriate for the piece. The many changes keep it lively. Unusual and interesting. This is listed as "Solo Surf" on the sleeve.

Solo Surf dotdotdotdot
Beat Generation Surf (Instrumental)

This is a particularly nice track. The lead is damped and echoed, and the overall gentility of the arrangement makes it flow quite nicely. I can't say I've heard anything written quite like this. Fine surfy feel and unique stylings. Island-sea imagery is strong enough, with a sultry feel, and a hint of bouncing free flesh. Great track. This is listed as "Platja Nudista" on the sleeve.

Los Pollos Fritos no Pueden Correr dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Melodic and powerful fuzzola, as you must expect by now. This track is a fine example of how effective the combination of melody and distortion can be.

Platja Nudista dotdotdot
Beat Generation Surf (Instrumental)

Heavily influenced by Robert Mitchum's "Beat Generation," this jams in a beatnik fifties style, with twangy guitar and rolling piano. I found this to be a very fun track. This is listed as "Tempesta" on the sleeve. "Platja Nudista" means "Nude Beach."