Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Delightful Raindotdotdotdot
artworkDelightful Rain is a labor of love, a long-held dream to gather legends of Australian music who surf or play surf, and capture them in live performance. These tracks are all ambiently captured in a large room, and the results are surprisingly good. Half the CD is vocal, with tracks that include the amazing Celibate Rifles. The accompanying DVD contains excellent footage of the sessions for the audio, plus one superb bonus track from The Dan Rumour Band.
Picks: The Angry Tradesmen - Big Wave, The Atlantics - Riff A Go Go, Wedding Cake Island, One Man Summer, Bombora, Les Green Of The Denvermen - Surfside, The Dan Rumour Band - Shadder, Drift, King Wave

Track by Track Review

The Angry Tradesmen - Big Wave dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a wonderfully dirty song. Superb drums and highly sustained and compressed second guitar lines create a very mean backing for a nearly demented lead line that's modulated in a carnival at the asylum kind of way. "Big Wave" is a very big track with a strong melody and lots of danger.

The Atlantics - Riff A Go Go dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A loud riff and shimmering melody are backed by Peter Hood's grand drums. The rhythm guitar and bass sync with a counter melody that creates a sense of mystery and espionage. This is a lovely song with a large sound. While it's a gentle and flowing piece, it's clearly loud and powerful.

The Atlantics - Wedding Cake Island dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Brilliant drums and grumbly bass drive a beautiful song presented through shimmering second guitar and long delay lead lead. The Atlantics continue to be able to generate wonderful new material, and they play superbly. This is a powerful and beautiful track.

The Atlantics - One Man Summer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"One Man Summer" is a soft and slow song with a sweeping panoramic visual. The melody is slightly sad, and connects almost immediately with the listener. Very nice track.

The Atlantics - Bombora dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a superb performance of the The Atlantics' signature tune. They have cut this a number of times, and it just keeps getting hotter! Superb energy and power, huge twango, playful rhythm, dark bass, and incredibly cool drums. Thoroughly cool!

Les Green Of The Denvermen - Surfside dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Hawaiianesq slide and lovely delayed leads are traded between the two fine guitarists. "Surfside" is a soft and gentle song, and its sound as captured live here is large and panoramic. Les Green was an original guitarist in the Denvermen, who first released this beautiful instrumental.

The Dan Rumour Band - Shadder dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Shadder" is a very spatial piece of music that's lushly visual. It invokes a gentle rain on a lagoon, a slightly sad feeling with a sense of being cleansed by the rain. The melody is so very gentle and peaceful. Wonderful!

The Dan Rumour Band - Drift dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Deep grodiness rumbles above tribal drums and a sixties R&B organ sounding keyboard. There is quite a bit of moodiness, but "Drift" is not sad at all. The guitar creates a sweeping slide across a panorama, while the bass and keys give it a late night feel, all countered by the great drums.

The Dan Rumour Band - King Wave
Surf (Instrumental)

The Cruel Sea song "Down Below" started life as "King Wave." This is a very groovy song that came from the early days of that band. It's lovely flow and beautiful watery imagery are very compelling. It's a completely engaging piece that hooks right into your emotional soul. Just a little sad, like a moment before the showers stop and you are just feeling that first hint of optimism and relief.

This is the only track on the accompanying DVD that is not on the audio CD. The intro includes one of the most wonderful explanations of why be instrumental, and the outro tells of playing guitar to avoid getting a job.