Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Del-Fi Beach Partydotdotdot
artworkThis is the first of a pair of bachelor pad comps that Del-Fi are planning. This one focuses on beach party pop, hence the title. It contains some previously unreleased and some first time on CD tracks, most fun in the unpretentious sense.
Picks: Church Key, Aquavelva, Twist To KCBQ, Surf Party (Surfer's Delight), Twist and Freeze, Bongo Beach

Track by Track Review


Church Key dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is like a lo-fi track of the Centurions doing the Revels' "Church Key." It's nasty and primitive, over reverbed and very low-E.

Aquavelva dotdotdotdot
Aftershave Glassfinger Surf (Instrumental)

Based on the TV ads for the aftershave, this really interesting tune is quirky, plinky, and is backed by a magnificent shuffle beat. Endearing, and unlike anything else on record. Campy enough to fit into any lounge or exotica set.

Twist To KCBQ dotdotdotdot
Fifties Dance Party Rock (Instrumental)

A Jumbo Shrimp original, which is infectious, melodic, with ringing tone, and displays a very cool beat pattern. There's a definite country air about it, but it's also playfully surf, like some of the Sandals material. Very nice track.

Surf Party (Surfer's Delight) dotdot
Hollywood Surf (Instrumental)

Bruce Johnston's first album was essentially a frat band thing, titled Surfers Pajama Party, and advertised as being recorded live at UCLA (doubtful). This track is a basic frat party anthemic dance number, sax oriented, R&B flavored, and rhythmic.

Twist and Freeze dotdotdot
Surf Garage (Instrumental)

Quite Venturistic, slow single guitar note melody, with the organ playing the same thing.

Bongo Beach dotdotdot
Bongo Rock (Instrumental)

Preston Epps was a one hit wonder, who charted big time with "Bongo Rock," and followed that with a plethora of similar tunes. It was "Bongo Rock" that inspired the Surfaris to create "Wipe Out" with the drum breaks. This is a derivative track, much like his others, and based strongly on "Stand By Me" (Ben E. King). Fun for the next bachelor pad party you throw.