Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Dance Hall String Busters Vol. 2dotdotdot
artworkAnother great instro comp from Sundazed, with volume two continuing down a path with obscure original masters. There are some surf related tracks here.
Picks: Bobby Arlin With The Hustlers - Mushroom Machine (Part 1), Mushroom Machine (Part 2), Phil Baugh - The Finger, Chattanooga, The Belmont Five - Cobra, Strollin' In The Alley, Roy Buchanan - Mule Train Stomp, Pretty Please, The Carnations - Scorpion, The Hollywood Tornadoes - The Swag, Keetie And The Kats - Way Out, Joe Maphis - Water Baby Boogie, The Maybees - Buttons and Bows, Third Man Theme, Bob Moore And The Temps - Braggin', Trophy Run, Jim Thaxter and the Travelers - Cyclon, Bobby Wayne - Cyclone, Torquila, Bobby's Boogie #1

Track by Track Review


Bobby Arlin With The Hustlers - Mushroom Machine (Part 1) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's funny ho different part one is compared to part two. It's the same jam, same bass line, etc., but this is so much less whacked out effects wise.

Bobby Arlin With The Hustlers - Mushroom Machine (Part 2) dotdotdot
Psychedelic Chaos (Instrumental)

Bobby Arlin cut this before his stint in the Leaves. It was a studio session that included Skip Battin (Skip & Flip, Nashville West, The Byrds). "Mushroom Machine (Part 2)" is a non melodic relentlessly rhythmic hypnotic track with some cool effects, but mostly just a rhythm. It gets faster as it goes, eventually becoming churning chorded chaos.

Phil Baugh - The Finger dotdotdot
Country Rock (Instrumental)

Phil Baugh's frantic country plunkin' ditty is a grin bringer. It's a very fun and very enjoyable number. More a workout and exercise than a song, yet quite engaging.

Phil Baugh - Chattanooga dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Phil Baugh instro is a relatively stereotypical country boogie. Fun and historic, but not really engaging. The whacked out break, with its tortured string bending, is pretty cool.

The Belmont Five - Cobra dotdotdot
Pre-Surf (Instrumental)

This dark twang riff rocker has a low gutty lead guitar that laid the groundwork for the surf sound of a year later. Its strictly a riff rocker, but its primal sound and structure are precursor material. The piano is very cool.

The Belmont Five - Strollin' In The Alley dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"Strollin' In The Alley" is a combination blues and stroll. Tortured string bending and pumping chords sound just like every smoky roadhouse blues you ever heard.

Roy Buchanan - Mule Train Stomp dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Blues (Instrumental)

Blues legend Roy Buchanan cries and moans through his guitar on this rock-solid performance of the classic Frankie Lane hit. This is dirty, crude, and really cool!

Roy Buchanan - Pretty Please dotdotdot
Surf Blues (Instrumental)

The heavy damped reverb adds a surfy feel to this basic blues progression from blues legend Roy Buchanan. Just a jam kinda thing, but somehow interesting.

The Carnations - Scorpion dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This incredibly cool pre surf tune sports an infectious lead riff and guitar twang, with a relentless progress about it, and a hint of the Champs' "Tequila." I've played this a million times, and it's always satisfying. Its relentlessness and catchy riff, along with the cowbell, are just wonderful. It's a must have early guitar instro.

The Hollywood Tornadoes - The Swag dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This previously unreleased track is a surfed up version of Link Wray's tune. It's a solid rendition, with the surf replacing the raw carport edge of the original. Appropriate rawness and surf drive. This might easily be one of the roughest of the Hollywood Tornadoes' recordings. Pretty darn cool!

Keetie And The Kats - Way Out dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The riff is very familiar, the sax and drums Tequila inspired, and the energy suave and cool. "Way Out" sports a really whistling organ and sultry percussion. Quite cool, in an undulating sensual way.

Joe Maphis - Water Baby Boogie dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

This is spectacular rockabilly masterpiece, with near surf tone and incredibly fine percussion. This track is so infectious that you can't put it down. Rolling rockin' rockabilly madness. Historically interesting, "Water Baby Boogie" is a pretty typical boogie instro. The progression is indistinguishable from a thousand others. except for the pre-surf double picked occasional flurries in transition.

The Maybees - Buttons and Bows dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Echoed guitar rhythm and tribal drums beneath a tame lead. Kinda cool, and kinda interesting. It has a surf feel and a southern instro sound. The overdubbed applause after the break is very strange.

The Maybees - Third Man Theme dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The often covered "Third Man Theme" (in MOR circles, anyway) finds a tweaky new lean on life. It's unusual, but not particularly interesting.

Bob Moore And The Temps - Braggin' dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"Braggin'" is a gutty jam with harmonica. It's dirty enough to be a British blueser, but grode enough to be American garage. The keys remind me of Graham Bond.

Bob Moore And The Temps - Trophy Run dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

"Trophy Run" is only moderately interesting. Virtually nothing Bob Moore did held up to his great almost Herb Alpert version of Mexico. Also release as Bob Moore and his Orchestra. The guitar is pretty intense at times, and the drums rock.

Jim Thaxter and the Travelers - Cyclon dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a pretty routine fifties styled rock instro from Jim Thaxton and the Travelers, more progression than melody, with a pumping piano, a walking bass line, and a thin lead guitar. It's pretty obscure, but not terribly interesting, except for it's historical significance as one of the precursors to the Trashmen with Tony Andreassen, Dal Winslow, and Steve Wahrer in the lineup.

Bobby Wayne - Cyclone dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Cyclone" seems influenced by surf, without being part of the genre. More than a riff rocker, it has a very surf melody and nearly dry Fender lead sound. It's low energy, but has a sound not unlike the Monarchs' "Friday Night." It's close enough to be from the same session.

Bobby Wayne - Torquila dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bobby Wayne based this on the Champs' "Tequila" and the Fireballs' "Torquay." Both are apparent in the song, yet "Torquila" ends up being very original. It's low energy, low key sound is somehow exciting.

Bobby Wayne - Bobby's Boogie #1 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Riffin' rockabilly boogie number 852... everything ever done with this riff is like this. What sets versions apart is the spirit in the playing. Bobby Wayne is surely an inspired player. This is quite raucous. It speeds up dramatically towards the end, and you suddenly realize what the attraction of this guy was.