Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Cazumbi - African Sixties Garage Vol. 1dotdotdot
artworkThere are two volumes of this album. It's cut from sometimes cruddy vinyl sources, but the glimpse into the African sixties rock scene is so rare that it's worth it, and volume one contains four surf instros to boot.
Picks: Les Krakmen - Krakmen Twist!, The Kriptons - Billy Boom, Manga Madura, Os Rebeldes - Murder By Contact

Track by Track Review


Les Krakmen - Krakmen Twist! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lightweight and circular, "Krakmen Twist!" sports pumping drums and a narrated line or two. The song is less than spectacular, but it is easily as good as many of the minor releases in the genre. Very jam-like, but there's more here than just that. The structure is more fifties than surf, and the sax just squalls and wails!

The Kriptons - Billy Boom dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Billy Boom" is a raucous near surf instro with a big drum break and surfisms on the guitar. Brash and splashy, with loud surf guitar. It's very interesting to hear how surf was transmuted in Africa.

The Kriptons - Manga Madura dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark surf guitar plays a frat progression and jammin' melody line, with a frantically double picked bridge. Really dangerous and primitive.

Os Rebeldes - Murder By Contact dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great beat runs beneath this whammy chord epic. "Murder By Contact" has a minimal melody line, and a galloping rhythm, but its muted guitar lines and infectious energy are the things that make it work. Great whammy chords.