Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Bruce and Terry - Rare Mastersdotdotdot
artworkThis compilation appears to be entirely sourced from vinyl. It contains mostly what you'd expect from Bruce (Johnston) & Terry (Melcher) and their various studio pseudonyms. Patterned after the Beach Boys, the Rip Chords, the Rogues, Bruce & Terry et. al., they were among the usual suspects of the Hollywood studio hit machine. Bruce is now a member of the Beach Boys. The inner sleeve is a mighty thick book, rivaling the Belairs book with their CD... so thick, it required an extra wide CD jewel box.
Picks: The Hot Doggers - Walk, Don't Run, Bruce Johnston - Makaha At Midnight, The Rogues - Rogers Reef Part 2

Track by Track Review

The Hot Doggers - Walk, Don't Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Unlike their other instro tracks, this has no reverb, and it has distortion on the guitar. A really uninspired performance, but something catchy happening anyway. Completely different than the Ventures' original. Some double picked guitar.

Bruce Johnston - Makaha At Midnight dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the Bruce Johnston Surfing Around The World album on Columbia (which is available from session masters on CD as an import), actually titled "Maksha At Midnight," and in mono from a vinyl source. A really bizarre attempt at Hawaiian guitar, with some distortion on the guitar. It is a moody mysterious piece with very strange sounds. To Bruce's credit, it is inventive and unique. A slowdance melodic tune. That album is something of an enigma... puzzling ideas of disparate sources merged together for some sort of impressionistic view of the surf world. A few of the tracks work, but many are just typical of the studio session hit factory output of the period.

The Rogues - Rogers Reef dotdotdot
Organ (Instrumental)

An organ based pumping "Can I Get A Witness" progression with lots of mindless noodling, but no melody, and no guitar, just organ, piano, bass, and drums. The Rogues is NOT the Sacramento surf-garage-punk outfit of the mid sixties.

The Rogues - Rogers Reef Part 2 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Completely different tune, an actual melody, a lead guitar with a semi-Hawaiian twango, and a fifties hop backtrack. Slow and moody and romantic. Way better than the other track.