Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Dog's Bollocks Of U.S.A. Rock 'n' Roll Instrumentals Vol. 13 Earthquakedotdotdot
artworkHere is another 30-track edition of The Dog's Bollocks Of U.S.A. Rock 'n' Roll Instrumentals with its share of surf. There continues to be no attempt at restoration, with plenty of annoying stereo artifacts and surface noise.
Picks: Al Allen - Egghead, The Avantis - Wax 'Em Down, Gypsy Surfer, The Baymen - Daybreak, Bonzai, The Breakers - Jet Stream, Beach Head, The Capers - Ghost Walk, The Four Gleams - Pile Driver, The Ghost Riders - Ghost Riders Theme, Hawk Golliline - Border Getaway, Jerry and the Silvertones - Ce'ny, The Knight Trains - Surfin' On The Rocks, The Legends - Surfs Up, Dance With The Drummer Man, Billy Mure - Lullaby Of The Leaves, The Mysterions - Ramcharger, The Playboys - Shotgun, The Don Ralke Orchestra - Lipstick 'n Butchwax, Marlow Stewart and the Illusions - Earthquake!, The Torquays - Surfers Cry, Escondido, Bobby Wayne - Tip Toes, Bobby's Boogie

Track by Track Review

Al Allen - Egghead dotdotdot
Country Rockabilly Rock & Roll (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.

The Avantis - 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.

The Avantis - Gypsy Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a chilling track. The surf rhythm guitar is harsh, the lead shimmers with vibrato, and the sound is both thin and effective. Great infectious classic obscure surf with a hauntingly magnetic sound. The organ break is different from other discs of the day.

The Baymen - Daybreak dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is titled for a train, with sounds of the train passing in the beginning. John Anderson's masterful writing is well worth a spin or nine. Excellent surf guitar damped chops and infectious rhythms.

The Baymen - Bonzai dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bonzai" c/w "Daybreak" was the Baymen's only single. It's a choppy chunky cool tune that's percussive in nature. A really great lost obscuro.

The Breakers - Jet Stream dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Jet Stream" is a very fine typically surf structured and delivered tune, with solid double picking, and jet engine sound effects overdubbed. The ringing whammy and the melodic lead progression are perfectly set for a surf ride across your speakers.

The Breakers - Beach Head dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the B-side to the Breakers' better known surf obscuro "Jet Stream." It's a basic surf riff, not particularly out of the ordinary, though it does seem to stick with you. Solid surf AABA tune, with plenty of energy and reverb.

The Calendars - Weekend dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track is over echoed and little more than a blues jam. Not particularly melodic, and not at all memorable. Sax, piano, guitar, bass, drums.

The Calendars - Hong Kong dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Exotic percussion and raspy sax with great piano plink and occasional stereotypical Asian riffs. Spunky and fun.

The Capers - Ghost Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Capers' "Ghost Walk" is downright spooky. It sounds like its from the surf era with its muted reverbed above the bridge cricket works, and the extreme echoed tremolo guitar. This is spacy, weird, and extremely cool.

Dave's Travelers - Traveler Rock dotdot
Fifties Rock & Roll (Instrumental)

What's this? A bit of reverb on the guitar, a piano plinking away. The bass is missing (maybe they didn't have one), and the drums are lost in the mix, except for the kick. Still, it's a cool track.

The Four Gleams - Pile Driver dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Pile Driver" is a strange cover of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home." Wet watery drops from reverb, tremolo lead guitar, and a basic beat. It has its charm, but lacks chemistry.

The Ghost Riders - Ghost Riders Theme dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Stan Jones's classic song is done in a part country, part Ramrods style. It's pretty fun, though the mall organ sounding modulated guitar does kind of give it a goofy sound at times.

Hawk Golliline - Border Getaway dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exotic percussion and slithery guitar lines give "Border Getaway" a compelling sound. It's not great, but its unusual arrangement and recording sound make it pretty catchy. Very fun for sure.

Jerry and the Silvertones - Ce'ny dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Twangy almost melodic riff rock, with tuff drum action, and intensity of intent. Definitely country tinged, but also nearly coastal. A cool little number, like maybe Eddie Angel would dig.

The Knight Trains - Beach Head dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I don't know about this track I didn't find it very interesting, and certainly wouldn't have opened with it.

The Knight Trains - Surfin' On The Rocks dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Deep and dark, tremolo damaged, and exquisitely deranged. Great slide, and absurdly cool surf ethics. It lumbers and churns with relentless charm.

The Legends - Surfs Up dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Moving kinda slow in an R&B mode, yet surfable with big whammy and tuff drums. Its a long way from essential, but its definitely original and cool in a sub-Rumblers low down sort of way.

The Legends - Dance With The Drummer Man dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Based on Duane Eddy's "Dance With The Guitar Man," "Dance With The Drummer Man" adds drum solos and a more rockin' sound.

Lonnie and the Legends - Crazy Penguin
Surf (Instrumental)

Rev 1005/1006 [Penguin Walk c/w Crazy Penguin]

Billy Mure - Lullaby Of The Leaves dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is The Ventures' arrangement right down to the whammy. Very well played and recorded, but not at all original.

The Mysterions - Ramcharger dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ramcharger" is a very surf cover of The Venturas' ' "Ram-Charger." Raucous and fun. Almost too much reverb, and a definitely garage feel.

The Playboys - Shotgun dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Based in part on Duane Eddy's "Yep!," "Shotgun" commands attention via the rich tremolo tone and sultry sound. It may be fairly basic, but its Link Wray chord sustain and surfable tone are very cool.

The Playboys - Jungle Fever dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Raw backwoods rock jam instro, low down and grode. The early almost fuzz bass guitar is really the coolest part.

The Don Ralke Orchestra - Lipstick 'n Butchwax dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is from Dance Caper in Hi-Fi on Warner Bros. W 1300 (1959). Semi slow standard rock jam instro in major label clarity, with just a touch of Chuck Rio edge.

Marlow Stewart and the Illusions - Earthquake! dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a stormy intensity, this churns out a warning to all who ride the curl on the coast. It's somewhat dangerous, and yet not hazardous. What's fascinating about this is that it's so poorly recorded, yet such a great song. Jon and the Nightriders really made this sing! A solid track.

The Torquays - Surfers Cry dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

San Jose's Torquays deliver an exquisite B-side to "Escondido." The edge is extreme, as was their style, with intense guitar tone and slow tortured riffs. Sad and mean, crying with anger.

The Torquays - Escondido dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the great lost singles, recorded in monsterama, with big sustained lead notes delivering a simple yet very effective melody line, and moving to damped reverbed attack during the breaks. The dry rhythm guitar and thundering bass and military drums provide a suitable backdrop for this essential single. "Escondido" is a fine example of just how powerful single picked sustained reverbed melody lines can be. The A part is single picked, with a sound not unlike the Intruders lead guitar. The B part is double picked and damped, played in a playful almost flamenco way. Big whammy chords, and thundering tom-toms. Tribal ominous storm surf.

Bobby Wayne - Tip Toes dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Pure country pickin' joy in rich Gretch tone. Very catchy and fun, with a glad to see you melody line and bouncing cool energy. Very nice.

Bobby Wayne - Bobby's Boogie dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

Superb country guitar boogie riffology, just dripping with great picking and fun. Simply excellent! It gets fast as it wraps up.