Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Cordelia Records Round Updotdotdotdot
artworkCordelia... one of the more creative labels around... these tracks are just a slice of its catalog, neither a best of nor a representation. Lots to dig, and perhaps point you to new explorations.
Picks: I Walk The Lion, Third Man Theme, Mar Gaya, I Only Want To Be With You, El Diablo De Polvo, Fear Of Bat Smuggling, Forgot To Put the Chain On Baxter, Bees, Bees, Magnificent March Of The Dead Monkeys (Excerpt)

Track by Track Review


I Walk The Lion dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bouncy and direct, "I Walk The Lion" is a sunny afternoon carefree surf instro with a groovy melody line and an infectious open road beat. Nice stuff!

Third Man Theme dotdotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Tweaky and weird, this rendering of "Third Man Theme" takes a strange song out of strangeness and into strangitude. Had Moog pioneer Gershon Kingsley played in an actual band, it would have been like this! Funny, weird, and entirely entertaining!

Mar Gaya dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is easily the most unusual cover of "Mar Gaya" ever! Very Middle eastern. The melody is played single-note style over a rich ethnically inspired rhythm track that's spectacular. This is a wonderful merger of surf and Middle Eastern sounds, and a complete inversion of the way the Fender IV intended. Since this song was inspired by Dick Dale's "The Victor," one has to wonder if this could be done there too! Marvelous!

I Only Want To Be With You dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The amazing Glasgow Tiki Shakers have done wonders with "I Only Want To Be With You" by using traditional surf styling and a grin. This beautiful track is a splendid example of just what can be accomplished with a little reverb and finesse. Frankly, I like this better than the other track they submitted which made the cut.

El Diablo De Polvo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a richly textured track with a catchy riff and whammy chords. The sound is unique to the Swamp Coolers. While the progressions are simple, they take unexpected turns that make this a very memorable song. Very nice!

Fear Of Bat Smuggling dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An interesting blend of surf guitar, a rock beat, and an organ from space. "Fear Of Bat Smuggling" is a fun track with a sort of lightened up "Telstar" feeling that's haunting and reverbed.

Forgot To Put the Chain On Baxter dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fuzz, organ, bass thunder and great drums. "Forgot To Put The Chain On Baxter" is a thickly textured progressional track with a somewhat dramatic build up, much like film scores. Sometimes intense, often commanding.

I Am The Walrus dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This relatively non melodic song doesn't hold up very well instrumentally, though a glissando or two give it a surf feel. Tuff guitar and love for the Fab Four prevails.

Bees dotdotdot
Guitar Sax Duet (Instrumental)

Repeated sample citing "bees" provides part of the rhythm under a guitar-sax duet with a curious disturbed surfability... like maybe if Captain Beefheart went surfing with Frank Zappa and Creed Taylor.

Freak Saturn Tattoo dotdotdot
Whirly Electro Melange (Instrumental)

This is a 17 second introduction to a most unusual album. It's a whirly electro melange.

Bees dotdotdot
Guitar Sax Duet (Instrumental)

Repeated sample citing "bees" provides part of the rhythm under a guitar-sax duet with a curious disturbed surfability... like maybe if Captain Beefheart went surfing with Frank Zappa and Creed Taylor.

Magnificent March Of The Dead Monkeys (Excerpt) dotdotdot
Prog (Instrumental)

Yes, Virginia, it is a march - mostly, separated by very well written and arranged, almost orchestral passages. Imagine modern classical music electronically delivered. The melody values are excellent, reminding me of the writing of Renaissance among others. Very nice.