Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Barefoot Adventure - The 4 Star Sessions 1962-66 - Gary Usher
|On the commercial side of the street, Gary Usher was really something! He produced more hits and presided over more sessions than just about anyone, and did so from his teenage years onward. From the perspective of genuine surf instros, he didn't do much, but you cannot ignore his contributions, nor the shear volume of his work. In his heyday, he was recording an album a week, plus many single sessions as well. This is a very strong double disc set of tracks from the 4 Star archive.|
Picks: Gary Usher - Cactus Juice
Track by Track Review
Dry Hot Rod (Instrumental)
This is a lame studio rendition of the track Dick Dale pummeled a bit later on.
"Soul StompinŐ" starts slow, suggesting a bit of drama on the way, but it rapidly becomes a semi-fast, chumpy jam. While fun, it's also very juvenile.
Acoustic guitar, some nice drum work, and a Champs-like sax line are accompanied by whoops and hollers in a Mexican vein. "Cactus Juice" is as solid as many a lesser Champs tracks. The chorus is a bit much, but it still works pretty well.
Formula Rock (Instrumental)
Mindless studio jam riff rock, with no real personality in either sound or structure. Formula rock.