Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Bloodshot - The Gaity Records Story Volume 2dotdotdot
artworkVolume two features some tracks with better sound and production than volume one. The Glenrays' "Tambour" and The Jades' "Surfin' Crow" are particularly interesting.
Picks: The Big M's - Get Going, The Corvairs - Volcano, The Crown Teens - Easy Rhythm, Curtis and the Galaxies - Theme From A Fireplace, The Glenrays - Easy Rhythm, Tambour, Haunted By Reputation, The Jades - Surfin' Crow

Track by Track Review


The Big M's - Get Going dotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

"Get Going" is a simple R&B progression kinda thing, with raspy sax and piano doing the heavy lifting.

The Corvairs - Volcano dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Volcano" is a primitive chord number with no melody at first. Once the lead guitar starts jamming, a simple melody evolves that has potential. It's from the shadowy underbelly of rock'n'roll intros where danger lurks.

The Crown Teens - Easy Rhythm dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

tremolo guitar trembles as this not very tight band plays a gnarly riff rocker. While murky and simple, there's a genuine sense of the raw side of the danger of rock'n'roll of the period. Charming and ominous.

Curtis and the Galaxies - Theme From A Fireplace
Rock (Instrumental)

Moody bass and sax attempting sensuality are accompanied by jaws harp in a most curious instro.

The Glenrays - Easy Rhythm dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is a moody vibrato throbber with echoes drums a la fifties b-sides. It's much more than that, though. "Easy Rhythm" is a pre surf brooder in the best sense. dark riff rockin' almost morose twang and piano plinkery. Groovy!

The Glenrays - Tambour dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Tambour" features a cool melody line that's circular and oddly captivating. The simple drum bridges are enhanced by tape echo, and the sax lines are underdeveloped. "Tambour" easily could have been reverbed into a surf instro in the beginning of the genre.

The Glenrays - Haunted By Reputation dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Overdone 15 ips tape echo drenches a riff rocker in just enough weirdness, especially with the ultra cool vibraphone verses. "Haunted By Reputation" is super primitive, buy oh-so tuff. The echoed calls add to the period strangeness. A very cool track.

The Jades - Surfin' Crow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a studio session, with the necessary surfisms and rolling drums. Muddier here than the masters, it's none the less a solid example of lessor surf singles of the day. If I recall correctly, this was cut in Memphis. Shouts of "surfin' crow" and "caw-caw" bird calls enhance the track.