Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Dave Aerni Presents The Best Of The Aertaun, Daani, Ador and Daytone Labelsdotdotdot
artworkMany cool things here, and some dreck too. Many surf instros. Dave Aerni was half of Aertaun Records, partnered with George Taunton.
Picks: Arty and the Supremes - Hombre, Conrad and the Hurricane Strings - Hurricane, Sweet Love, The Cordells - Happy Time, I Love How You Love Me, The Pharos - Pintor, The Rhythm Surfers - Big City Surfer, The Tornadoes - Bustin' Surfboards, Beyond The Surf, The Hollywood Tornadoes - Moon Dawg, Shootin' Beavers, The Torquays - Crying In The Chapel, Turmoil

Track by Track Review

Hombre dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Hombre" is relatively fun horn instro with an almost gutty backtrack. Spirited riff rock for sure.

Hombre dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hombre" is relatively fun horn instro with an almost gutty backtrack. Spirited riff rock for sure. That said, this second take is more gutsy and cool than the first.

Hurricane dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hurricane" is a rhythmic number with a splendid little melody riff and a gutty sound. Great drums and twangin' guitar. While fairly basic, this is really quite infectious. It's the drums and the guitar lines that make it well worth checking out. Ontario, California's Conrad and the Hurricane Strings cut just one set of tracks at Pal with Paul Buff and Frank Zappa, issued on two different labels.

Sweet Love dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lovely slow number with an almost steel guitar sound. Romantic drama and a gentle flow with an island surf sound. "Sweet Love" is very pretty and easy on the soul.

Happy Time dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a splendid surf instro. The melody riff is very cool, and the surf guitar rocks while the ax break ensues. "Happy Time" is as happy as its title. Great drums and reverb!

I Love How You Love Me dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is just a pretty surf version of The Paris Sisters' "I Love How You Love Me." It's easily as soft, but with surf guitar replacing Pricilla Paris' breathy voice. In 1961, this was an instant classic last dance romancer. The Cordells really do it justice. Excellent!

Pintor dotdotdotdot
Spanish Surf (Instrumental)

The Pharos are a total mystery. No one seems to know who they were. A few quirky tracks exist, "Pintor" among them. It's a rare, pleasant listening, Latin surf track. It has a certain quaintness, an infectious melody, and well placed whammies. Their other tracks are on various Del-Fi compilations and elsewhere.

Rhythm Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another pleasant listening excursion into the obscure and not particularly great. It just doesn't stand up to the caliber of "Pintor." the piano carries the lead while the rhythm guitar plays a damped by unreverbed line. Mostly a jam.

502 (Like Getting Pinched On A 502) dotdotdot
Rhythm Surf (Instrumental)

This is club progression sorta tune, no melody, and a bunch of shoutin'. The surf guitar is quite buried in the mix, and borrows from the Novas' "The Crusher" and "Miserlou" in spots. Rhythmic, and slightly infectious. Probably great at a frat party.

Big City Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Big City Surfer" is based on the main riff from "What'd I Say," and augmented with liberated lines from The Beach Girl and the Monster and Dick Dale. It also borrows liberally from "Little Brown Jug" and "Bustin' Surfboards." Derivation aside, this is a cool little minor surf track with very nice damped surf guitar. A fine example of neighborhood surf.

Bustin' Surfboards dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bustin' Surfboards" is one of the most recognizable of the tribal surf instros from the sixties. It's drum dominated raw sound was nothing short of magical when I first heard it on KRLA. This is one of the essential surf instros, a desert island must-have.

Beyond The Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the coolest of the haunting flat water instros. It's right up there with Davie Allan's "Beyond The Blue." It's slow, piercing, fluid, and relentlessly mysterious, with a wandering vision permeating the whole piece. The superfine use of echo on the guitar adds much, as does the coming and going of the brushed crash cymbal. Great track!

Moon Dawg dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This starts out with the worst, most echoed imitation angry dog barks of any version of the Gamblers' hit. It's pretty darn fine, spirited, and crude. Even the harmonies are cool.

Shootin' Beavers dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

Spunky surf R&B fun jammin', like a honkin' sax party anthem with guitar domination. Perfect for a frat party.

Crying In The Chapel dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty rendering of Artie Glenn's "Crying In The Chapel." It's not really special, though flute with surf guitar is unusual - likely a studio thing. This is none of the bands called The Torquays you might think of. Skip Mosher played sax.

Turmoil dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Turmoil" is the a-side of The Torquays only single. It's a modest number with fairly dry surf guitar, glissandos, cool drums, and a nice little riff. Piano plinks and it's pretty chunky.