Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Dog's Bollocks of American R&R Instrumentals Volume 3 - Stomping Time!dotdotdot
artworkVolume three in the The Dog's Bollocks of American R&R Instrumentals from-vinyl bootleg CD-R series contains more obscuros, many surf, and most with decent sound.
Picks: Stomping Time, Egghead, Blue Mallard, 110 Lbs Of Drums, The Big House, Hop, Skip, and Jump, Unknown, Mr. Fortune, Room 4, Geronimo, Sea Haunt, Malaguena, Kool It, Maria, Jerico Rock, Border Beat, Undertow, Desperate, Some Are Lonely, Green Bay Picker, Jaguar, Maypo, Midnite Flyer, Summer Place, Homebrew, Angry Generation, On The Run, Cozimotto, Golden Rod, Sharkskin, Fuel Injection, Ole Man's Twist, Moon Relay

Track by Track Review

Stomping Time dot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Stomping Time" is a murky progression exercise, with guitar and sax trading lead duties. Not particularly memorable or interesting.

Egghead dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This would be just a dismissible b-side if it weren't for the bizarre guitar sound. The vibrato is set at hyper oscillate, giving it a disturbed and almost insect like quality. Not melodic, just riffy, but still intriguing.

Blue Mallard dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Blue Mallard" is a heavy duty riff surfer, with a basic structure and reverbed madness out front. Infectious in its innocence and fire, yet not particularly original. Lots of drive and sparkle, and an AABA format.

110 Lbs Of Drums dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Raw and honkin' edgy, "110 Lbs Of Drums" sports surf guitar and sax, and hard driving rolling drums, with the anticipated drum solo mid stream. Thrashy and cool.

The Big House dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Here we have a guitar instro that sounds like it's from the surf era, but is not in the surf mold at all. A very nice melody line, with squishy keys in the break.

Hop, Skip, and Jump dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The sound of this is like a cross between Billy Joe and the Checkmates' cutesy "Percolator," and a dry rock inversion of "Brazil." I can't decide if it's too MOR or if I just don't want to like it, 'cuz I find it fanciful and enjoyable, but want to dismiss it. An unusual sound and combination. Jan Davis sure issued a lot of slushy singles... Straddling decent and discardable, "Hop, Skip and Jump" sports some edgy chord whammy in a light rock format. Bouncy and fun, and hard to button hole.

Unknown dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Fifties guitar and sax stroll, with mean edge and relentless chords. Non melodic, but rumble on the dock menacing. Black leather and switchblades abound. The darkness and edge save it from the scrap heap of b-sides.

Mr. Fortune dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Clean rapid playing on this guitar romp. It's in a fifties mold, and is very infectious. A band like the Cadillac Angels might make this shine. Very fun.

Room 4 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Verging on surf, and sounding like the guitar is out of tune, "Room 4" seems like it might be from the South Bay scene circa 1962, but that's merely a guess. Too bad the guitar is out of tune, because this is a cool creation with an infectious riff.

Geronimo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It may be called "Geronimo," but it's Paul Johnson's "Chiflado." Full surf treatment, and pounding raging drums. Completely morphed from the Belairs' sound into a surf rage with Indian whoops and shouts. Very cool.

Sea Haunt dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the riffy side, but "Sea Haunt" rocks and the dry chops of the rhythm guitar provide a solid counter to the surf guitar. The melody is very similar to "High Tide," and the glissandoes and rapid fire attack are very cool. The wailing female chorus seems misplaced.

Malaguena dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Two guitars, both dry and fast, backed by bass and drums. This is a rock treatment, not a surf treatment. It's quite nice to hear someone do something with this that isn't born of the Trashmen. Nicely played and very cool. Double picked and intriguing.

Kool It dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A fifties style rhythm dominated riff rocker, with a stop start structure. It sounds a little like a dry version of the Fendermen. Quite fun!

Maria dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

Haunting slow vibrato guitar over a prom backtrack, with spooky embellishments. Crosses back and forth between MOR, elevator exotica, and interesting guitar. A fine melody, but a strange arrangement.

Jerico Rock dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A solid surf variation on the biblical tune. This works really well, while it also has a silly air to it. Almost any melodic piece can be surfed up. They do a fine job with the song, playing fast and using lots of chunka-chunka and rolling raging drums.

Border Beat dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a Link Wray influenced number, not in intensity or tone, but in construction. Twangy, relentlessly dramatic, and sporting a melodic riff, "Border Beat" has a timeless rock 'n country twang and charm, and some rich gutty guitar tone.

Undertow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Grodie and low down, "Undertow" is vibratoed and reverbed, with a fifties structure and a watery surf sound. Not really more than progression rock, yet it haunts and creeps into the heavy catchy category.

Desperate dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

"Desperate" is a rockabilly romp. It's very infectious and cool, with a bit of an edge, and a solid beat. In some ways, it's a little like the Royaltones' "Flamingo Express" rhythmically.

Some Are Lonely dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Off-Beats do a soft 'n' roll interpretation of the Shadows' "Some Are Lonely." Unremarkable.

Green Bay Picker dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Heavily echoed guitar, heavily damped, and played against a soft backtrack. Kind of a guitar boogie, maybe a little like Chet Atkins. Pretty interesting.

Jaguar dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Thrashy trashy over echoed and utterly disturbed guitar. The ran into the wall whammy chords are too cool. Murky sound and flying piano.

Maypo dot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Basic progression b-side fare - not a scrap of originality.

Midnite Flyer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavily chunked with surf guitar in a rhythm role. The lead guitar is extreme-echoed and the beat from the rockabilly era. Not melodic, but unique and bouncy. Very unusual track.

Summer Place dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Titans deliver another stellar surf interpretation of a standard film score, Percy Faith's "Theme From A Summer Place." This has the same kind of charm as their original "Surfers' Lullaby." The strong melody and super clean sound create a mighty friendly mid-to-slow and romantic track. Great!

Homebrew dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very murky sound hides a surf riff rider. Double picked rhythm guitar and a relentless bass run. If the sound were just a little better, this might be very cool.

Angry Generation dotdotdot
Post Surf (Instrumental)

This is Lee Hazelwood's monster that Dick Dale made sound so huge on his Ciro's LP. It's completely different than that, with moderate guitar and organ and lots of room reverb. Slow and almost bluesy, and very strange.

On The Run dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Rhythmically infectious, and featuring an infectious lead riff, this track catches your imagination and makes your toes tap. Infectious and too fun.

Cozimotto dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Vulcaines sported one mean sound, low-E dominated, humorous, and powerful. They issued only a couple of singles over their short life. "Cozimoto" (a slang and "Mr. Moto" referenced version of Quasimodo - the name of a hunched over board stance) is very gutsy, while being cutesy at the same time. It owes it's life to childhood melodies, yet is delivered on a huge low-E. A brief drum solo and slight break separate the beginning and the end, but otherwise, it is an awesome surf monster.

Golden Rod dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Damped reverbed second guitar, and a weird blending of sax and an out-of-tune lead guitar to create a dissonant sound. It's both intriguing and hard to listen to. There's no melody, just a riff. The damaged arrangement is the key.

Sharkskin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great low grindy number featuring raw guitar and glissandoes. It's thrashy and pumped up, and based on a chord riff lead. It employs the "Let's Go" beat in the break. Pretty cool! Originally issued on Prism 1878 in 1964.

Fuel Injection dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with dragsters off the line, this rhythmic almost flamenco song is choppy and really cool. It throbs with chopped guitar licks and pristine tone, like the Duals' "Stick Shift," only clean and surfed up. Very nice track.

Ole Man's Twist dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

It's the "Paddy Wack Song.".. "This Old Man..." in a near surf format. Very imaginative and the sort of thing the Belairs might have had great fun with. Very cool.

Moon Relay dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Moon Relay" is a highly infectious, very rhythm oriented number. It rolls right along, plays really well loud in your car on warm summer night, and stays with you. It is very simple, and very effective. The pristine playing and glorious writing is similar to the (San Jose) Torquays work, chunky, delicate, and whammy driven. Great track.