Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals Vol. 1 - Everybody's Boppin'dotdotdot
artworkLots of obscure and primitive Pacific Northwest rock here, with seven instros interspersed. Fun reading liners too.
Picks: The Glitters - Fireball, The Renegades - Black Jack, The Rovin' Gamblers - Do The Fly, The Tornados - Tornado Express, The Volk Brothers - Ducks Flying Backwards, Wash Don't Soak, Jimmie Volk - Spring Time Rock

Track by Track Review


The Glitters - Fireball dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Spooky and Friday night fright oriented, this vibrato twangster is mixed as if there are only two guitars, though you can occasionally make out the drums. Scary and very unique.

The Renegades - Black Jack dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a moderately engaging number, more tan the usual riff rock from the period, but recorded quietly as many tracks were back then. You can imagine that it ripped live on big amps - oh, wait, there weren't any then. Still, a nifty number.

The Rovin' Gamblers - Do The Fly dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Crude 15 ips echo, crummy sound, a two note riff, and occasional insertions of "do the fly man, do the fly" to keep up the interest. Under the murk lies what musta been a really grode crowd pleaser. Fun.

The Tornados - Tornado Express dot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a raucous fifties riff rocker, likely a demo in murky sound. Other than its obscurity, it's unlikely you'd miss this one if it vanished.

The Volk Brothers - Ducks Flying Backwards dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Twangy country jammin' and riffin', with a nearly surf tone lead guitar. It's mighty enjoyable, despite it's lack of a melody. The fun and spirit are obvious. The sax break is a fitting change to this guitar oriented rhythm track.

The Volk Brothers - Wash Don't Soak dotdotdot
Rock 'n' Roll (Instrumental)

A great title in an obvious nod to "Walk Don't Run," but with no similarity all to the Johnny Smith classic. Great rolling drums, dynamic guitar playing, and infectious energy here. "Wash Don't Soak" is almost melodic, relying on drive and spunk to keep it going. There are places here that approach surf, including a grode glissando and some double picking. Very cool.

Jimmie Volk - Spring Time Rock dot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

This rockabilly boogie is fun and rhythmic, but relatively unremarkable.