Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Delphonic Sounds Todaydotdotdot
artworkWhat a fun compilation this is. The concept is Del-Fi updated, classic Del-Fi / Donna tracks recut by current acts. Some work really well. Aside from the two really cool surf instros, and three so-so lounge/exotica based instros, there are some very cool vocal tracks. The Brian Jonestown Massacre version of "I Fought The Law" (Bobby Fuller Four) is just too cool. It employs really irritating feedback and an very tight performance. Chan Romero's excellent "Hippy Hippy Shake" is recut reasonably well by the Liquor Giants. One of my favorite LA bands the Jigsaw Seen do intriguing things with "Luci Baines" (the American Four with Arthur Lee). Finally, closing out the disc with the coolest, most suave ballad in ages is Elliot Kendall's cover of Ritchie Valens heartthrob single "Donna." So, I dig this disc. It's just plain fun.
Picks: Yo Yo's Pad, The Slauson Shuffle, Bullwinkle P. II, Our Favorite Martian, Surf Rider

Track by Track Review


Yo Yo's Pad dotdotdot
Loud Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

Yo Yo Hashi's "Yo Yo's Pad" is made over into a Man or Astro-Man? styled track. Crunch, pound, intensity, whammy, power, punch, reverb... in other words, it's exactly what you'd expect, neither ground breaking nor particularly memorable, unless you're a MoAM fan, in which case it sure shows genius. They are that curios kind of band who are either worshipped or dismissed.

The Slauson Shuffle dotdotdot
East LA Exotica (Instrumental)

Tribal percussion and vibrato guitar dominate this take, along with weird keyboard effects. There's little to hang onto except the rhythm, which is relentless and jungle cool. "The Slauson Shuffle" is a loungie semi exotica cover of the Romancers' "The Slauson Shuffle." The interpretation is fun, particularly when viewed from the ground zero of the original, but beyond that, it doesn't hold up very well to multiple listenings, except at the bar.

Bullwinkle P. II dotdotdot
Jazz Exotica (Instrumental)

This is one of those tracks I love to hate. There is more than a little morphing here. There's no argument that Elliot Easton and his band have completely recreated this classic Centurions' tune. The shear magnitude of the shift is awesome. Very slow, distant, almost eerie. The tropical ethics are almost Martin Denny with Kenny Burrell guitar. Once I got used to that, It failed to hold my interest. So, five stars for rearranging, one star for result.

Our Favorite Martian dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well, now. This is more like it! King Fuzz has taken this Bobby Fuller & the Fanatics surf classic and morphed it through his incredible signature sound. It's amazing how much surf it retains, while being hyper compressed and as dirty as possible. Ultra crunchy, extra powerful, and way savvy. The suave-square wave combo is irresistible. Magnificent.

Surf Rider dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The masked marauders of the Nashville instro scene have delivered one spot-on performance of the Lively Ones' classic rendition of the Ventures potato epic. There is only a slight shift required to get from the standard crisp instro sound of Los Straitjackets to the vintage sound of the Lively Ones. Very trad, and very well played.