Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Dog's Bollocks of American R&R Instrumentals Volume 4 - Rumpus!dotdotdot
artworkVolume four continues to expose the ultra rare and the moderately obscure, with quite a bit of surf. Again, a fine sampling of unheard vintage rock 'n' roll / surf instros.
Picks: All American Surfer, Rumpus, Egyptian Surf, Jetster, Sunday Stranger, La Macarena, Cricket, Burma Road, Frankie and Johnny, Wipe Out, Undertow, Squad Car, Mr. Big, Tap Top, El Dorado, Wax 'Em Down, Road Runner, Around The Corner, Night Ride, Concussion, Blueberry Jam, Buttons and Bows, Expressway, Mexican Rock, Softly Falls The Morning Dew, Cruising Low, Bad Doreen, Damascas, The Scavenger, Rampage, Texas Tommy, Skippin' Home, Bumble Bee '65

Track by Track Review


All American Surfer dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

The Busters pumped out many a sax driven monster in those heady pre-surf days. This rock solid rant powers and drives hard, with great drum work and tons of energy.

Rumpus dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Rumpus" is a rhythm dominated tune that probably went over well at frat parties, and could have crossed over as well. The melody line is very similar to a couple of classic Texas tunes from many decades ago. The organ is pretty cheesy and overbearing in the break. The sound pretty darn murky.

Egyptian Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Trading on stereotypical Egyptian themes, this fine single was unearthed for a cover job in the early eighties by the Surf Raiders. The arrangement is pure garage surf. Melodic, infectious and energetic.

Jetster dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chandelles take a riff of simple character, mess with with enough variation to prevent boredom, and end up creating a very cool surf groover. Original issue on Dot in 1963.

Sunday Stranger dot
Rock Jam (Instrumental)

The toms rumble and the chords play out until the jammy guitar kicks in and the rockabilly beat takes over.

La Macarena dotdotdotdot
Mexican Surf (Instrumental)

This must be a Mexican single. Spanish phrases now and then, and the sound is similar to many early sixties Mexican rock instros. It has the moodiness of the Treble Spankers, and the suave of a spaghetti western. Even the chorus is cool.

Cricket dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This great single uses behind the bridge plucking to simulate crickets, and sports a chunky rhythm track and surf guitar. Totally fun.

Burma Road dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This features a catchy rhythm track and a soft spoken guitar lead. It's not surf, but surely could be, and fits well next to many first year surf singles. Quite excellent.

Frankie and Johnny dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A great band name, and a grodie overdriven guitar bump out the classic R&B tune "Frankie and Johnny." Raw and immediate.

Wipe Out dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The "Surf Beat" riff opens, the melody riff surfs and jams and glissandoes its way through a bit of flash and flair. Solid ultra obscure surf. Very cool.

Undertow dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Nearly Lively Ones guitar tone vibrates through this very surfable tune. Not quite catchy enough to make your day, but a solid find for sure.

Squad Car dotdotdotdot
Sub Psychedelic Post Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and moody, with big whammy dips and slow wah wah, and bits of "Peter Gunn" for good measure. Mexican flavor to the melody, and gutty sound make it very surfable. This is not Paul Johnson's song. It is pretty darn cool.

Mr. Big dotdotdotdot
Rock Jam (Instrumental)

Jammin' for a warmup - that's the sound of this. Drums drive, guitars jump, and the band is really not very tight. Not the "Free" song, or either of the signed bands that used that name.

Tap Top dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A guitar driven thing with dry rhythm guitar chords, reverbed leads. Infectious rhythmically, but melodically limited. Still, it's quite satisfying and fun. Lots of variations to keep it interesting.

El Dorado dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavy surf reverb, moody whammy, ominous melody riffs... it's a murder on the surf kinda tune, with marginal sound and lots of primal edge.

Wax 'Em Down dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Avantis most familiar single "Wax 'Em Down" is a dry guitar chamber reverbed adventure in the surf culture. The waxing sound effects (wood sawing) and the basic progression issue forth a simpler more innocent view of surf music. Great drums, raw guitar, subservient organ, and a catchy riff are all here. A fine track.

Road Runner dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A big glissando opens this track up. It's neither the Bo Diddley song nor the Road Runners' instro. It's a jammy but catchy surf instro with enough going on to keep it from being dismissed.

Around The Corner dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Duane Eddy style twang, with vibrato and a solid melody riff. While it's fairly light weight, it's not weak.

Night Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pure surf with Chantays style piano and generally similar sound. I presume this isn't the "(Ghost) Riders In The Sky" Ramrods, but I don't know for sure. Pretty heavy surf chunk and very cool.

Concussion dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

You could consider this a pre-surf single. Its strong reverbed guitar and raging drums are complimented by a nasty sax and thundering bass. The Holidays' "Concussion" is a riff rocker, but so were many early surf singles. It was originally issued on the Dixie label. Kinda like Al Casey's "Ramrod," kinda Duane Eddyish, with drums that sound like a surf band. Fast and powerful, with lots of drive and flair.

Blueberry Jam dotdot
Fifties (Instrumental)

I found my thrill, or maybe my rockin' shoes. "Blueberry Jam" is a trashy take on the classic fifties tune.

Buttons and Bows dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Echoed guitar rhythm and tribal drums beneath a tame lead. Kinda cool, and kinda interesting. It has a surf feel and a southern instro sound. The overdubbed applause after the break is very strange.

Expressway dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Heavily echoed track with surf twang and choppy rhythms. It's like Duane Eddy primitive with surf corners.

Mexican Rock dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big guitar twang with reverb. "Mexican Rock" reminds me a lot of the Evasions. The same blend of tones and rockabilly percussion, and similar melody style. A fine track!

Softly Falls The Morning Dew dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great surf riffology and tribal drums, reverbed and twanged, with double picked flair here and there. Unusual, yet familiar.

Cruising Low dotdotdot
Rock R&B (Instrumental)

Kinda sultry and bluesy, this tune bears a distant resemblance to "Comin' Home Baby." The break even predates funk/R&B instros of the sixties. While it's mostly a jam kinda track, it's also pretty interesting.

Bad Doreen dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf with two different passages, plus a different middle. Not at alike its contemporaries, but with fine reverb and surf drums a la the [Hollywood] Tornadoes. Is the name misspelled or is this a different band?

Damascas dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Owing some of its life to "Istanbul," but not derivative, "Damascas" is an interesting twangster. A little bit middle eastern, and crudely recorded, yet interesting to listen to.

The Scavenger dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a heavy riff dominated surf tune like might have come from the Surf Boys sessions. It's not the Dick Dale song.

Rampage dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf twango over a rabid rhythm track that seems rushed. A good melody riff and durable style. Not the Rick and the Ravens instro, or the Revels either. Unusual.

Texas Tommy dotdotdotdot
Bo Diddley Surf (Instrumental)

The eyes of Texas are upon you, and Bo Diddley is in the car, so make sure your Stetson is on just right. Very infectious blend of the Lone Star State and primal rock rhythms chunked with vibrato guitar. Great track!

Skippin' Home dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Basic rock instro with reverbed handclaps and a sub carnival arrangement.

Bumble Bee '65 dotdotdot
Post Surf (Instrumental)

The Ventures' "Bumble Bee" emboldened with a touch of fuzz and a taste of surf. Thin sound, but high energy and fun.