Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Bloodshot! The Gaity Records Story Volume 1dotdotdot
artworkThis is the first of a two volume set chronicling Minneapolis' Gaity Records releases. About half is instro. This label was an important historian for the midwest sound at a time when rock was primal and real. Gaity was sadly not a label that spent money on quality recording. These tracks range from moderate to gummy sound.
Picks: Aldon and the ECs - Endsville, The Del-Ricos - Buggin' The Boogie, Voo Doo, The Flames - On Fire, Arabian Caravan, Rockin' The Blues, The Rhythm Rockers - Crisis, Twang, The String Kings - The Bash

Track by Track Review

Aldon and the ECs - Endsville dotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Murky low end grode frat vibrato grind, guitar plays second fiddle to the mean sax. Not very remarkable.

The Del-Ricos - Buggin' The Boogie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is unremarkable riff rockin' boogie fair, set apart from the crowd only by the superb tremolo guitar. Imagine a better recording...

The Del-Ricos - Voo Doo dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

The throbbing vibrato rings out a fine instro that's not far from the riff and feel of Nils Lofgren's live take on "Goin' Back." It's an infectious riff and rhythm, all decked out in trashy vibrato and real rock 'n' roll ethics. Even the piano is vibratoed! Great stuff!

The Flames - On Fire dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a crudely recorded piano instro in 15 ips slapback. Sax takes some leads, and guitar tries hard, but the energy in the performance is really lost in the murk.

The Flames - Arabian Caravan dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Voodoo vibrato guitar and plinky piano tell a tale of sensuality on the Arabian Peninsula. More or less a riff, yet hypnotic and primal. Hot blooded in an after dark kinda way. Muddy sound aside, this is a very cool!

The Flames - Rockin' The Blues dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a basic raw sax blues jam in a rock format. Aside from the clapping bridges, it's a riff rocker with a nasty edge and little melody. Primal intro rock 'n' roll.

The Rhythm Rockers - Crisis dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Crisis" is a sorta splashy riff rocker of the precursor to surf variety. Near surf tone, and minimal progressions as many early surf instros were. This is a decent track with flair and spunk, and stands up to repeated listening.

The Rhythm Rockers - Twang dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Loosely Duane Eddy inspired, this thick and intense number has a decent melody riff, and a very heavy overall sound. Mean and nasty, full throated backwoods jam. Lanesboro, Minnesota was home to the Rhythm Rockers. "Twang" was cut in 1961.

The String Kings - The Bash dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Strongly based on "Peter Gunn," this is a raw dockside rumbler, with a future in the tubes. "The Bash" is splashy and raucous, with a pre surf drive and edge. Somewhat in the Midwest rail road instro vein, yet menacing. An echoed bass carries the "Peter Gunn" riff. Sid King and the String Kings were a precursor to the Trashmen.