Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Beach Party Classicsdot
artworkThis 1989 cassette comp sports mostly California beach pop, plus a couple of lesser instros.
Picks: Surfer's Stomp, Beach Party, Wipe Out

Track by Track Review


Surfer's Stomp dotdot
Big Band (Instrumental)

Among the established studio lizards on the original track were Tommy Tedesco and Plas Johnson, who appeared on many a studio project in those days. One of the road versions of this band would include Pat and Lolly Vegas in a lineup that was essentially the Avantis. Frankly, Susan and the SurfTones do the best version of this song. This sounds like a recut, and darn close. This is simple slow paced innocent instrumental rock and roll, with great piano and saucy sax. Infectious and unpretentious. Don't look for the classic surf sound here, but do enjoy the simplicity and fun. Smooth and right nice. By the way, this is a re-recording.

Beach Party dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

As was the market trend for labels back in the heyday of surf, any instro could be titled as a surf track and some poor schmuck kid would spend his allowance on it. In those days, if you didn't like it, too bad, there was no return. King Curtis was an excellent R&B artist for sure, but the only relationship between this and surf was it's use of a guitar lead and title. It's an excellent R&B instro, clean and bright, with a bit of an edge, and a reasonably melodic riff. The guitar tone is almost surfy.

Wipe Out dotdot
Biker (Instrumental)

Highly uninspired dry rendering of the Surfaris classic. Mel Taylor's drums are way weak when compared to Ron Wilson's.