Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: At The Hop
|Like a lot of mp3 collections on the various download sellers, this is full of questionable remakes and bad covers, but among the 106 tracks on this set (hey, it's only $5.99) are a handful of decent instrumentals, some quite obscure and probably not legally licensed (just my guess).|
Picks: The Champs - Tequila, The Crown T's - Pickin' Cotton, L. Sigman and the Sharps - Sweet Georgia Brown
Track by Track Review
Apache '64 - Walk, Don't Run
This made-up band plays "Walk, Don't Run" in the general style of The ventures' 1964 session, but with big guitar overdrive. It's mono, and even sounds like a very early sixties session, except for the crispness of the lead guitar, which gives it away.
This is their BIG HIT!. It is a sax based number that was probably the frat house standard, long before "Louie Louie" was. The spoken "Tequila" at the end of the lines has become a standard of Latin party rock. Very infectious. This is a re-recording in stereo, but exceptional attention to detail results in a very good reproduction. That is perhaps because it sounds like the original track with added rhythm guitars panned out in stereo. Whatever is the case, it works pretty darn well.
The Crown T's - Pickin' Cotton
Piano boppin' fifties rockabilly with sax and an infectious jammin' rhythm. While this is nothing special, it's very fun and enjoyable.
Johnny and the Hurricanes - Red River Rock
This is the original recording, but it's remastered beyond the period with thump heavy bass, compression, and stereo imaging via reverb. It's OK, but stick with the original.
L. Sigman and the Sharps - Sweet Georgia Brown
This rompin' track is all fun, with rockin' piano, excellent muted rhythm guitar, and boss drums. "Sweet Georgia Brown" verges on great. Aside from the dry guitar, this could easily be from the upper midwest in the sixties from a band like The Titans.
The Thunderbirds - Teen Scene
The Hunters' tasty little number is done with a bit of sauce and funky soul. A nicely done cover with great drums.