Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: At The Drive-In 5-CD Setdotdotdot
artworkThis box set is pricey, but includes a two-disc set of nicely recorded and produced performances from 2003 at an oldies review held in Austin, Texas at The Drive-In includes three tracks from Jim Pash's Surfaris. Also here on one of the tree discs of oldies is Santo and Johnny's classic "Sleep Walk."
Picks: Santo and Johnny - Sleep Walk, The Surfaris - Wipe Out, Hawaii Five-0, Pipeline

Track by Track Review


Santo and Johnny - Sleep Walk dotdotdotdot
Lap Steel Pre Surf (Instrumental)

It doesn't get much more definitive than this. Sinewy slow dance classic, beautiful melody, covered endlessly and never as well. Simply a stunning song. Originally released in 1959, this is one of the great instro singles of the distant past, which featured, for the first time, the lap steel in a lead role (outside of country and Hawaiian). This slithery slowdance romancer was/is the prelude to a whole lotta whoopee. It is so very beautiful. Totally sweet guitar sounds.

The Surfaris - Wipe Out dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Wipe Out" will always define The Surfaris. It's interesting how this is not quite as intense and engaging as the original, but it is really high quality. This may be as close as any drummer has come to Ron Wilson's signature beat. Energetic, and the crowd simply loves it!

The Surfaris - Hawaii Five-0 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rousing performance, with keys aping the horn lines for the most part. Perfect for an oldies review, but less so for surf fans. Powerful and fun.

The Surfaris - Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very credible and pretty hot rendering of The Chantays' "Pipeline," including very correct electric piano. It's not anywhere near as fiery as most modern covers, but it's very reverent, and thoroughly enjoyable. Nice job.