Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals Vol. 2 - Chicken Sessionsdotdotdot
artworkVolume two sports another seven instros, and I have to say that this is worth the price of admission for The Gems' splendid "Slave Girl" alone.
Picks: The Blue Jeans - Cool Martini, The Col-Lee-Jets - Jam And Jelly, The Gems - Slave Girl, The Warriors - War Paint, The Royals - Thunder Wagon, The Tornados - The Slide, The Trebletones - Guitar Movement

Track by Track Review


The Blue Jeans - Cool Martini dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Piano and rhythm guitar coolness romp with a catchy beat. "Cool Martini" sports nasty sax that's quite surfable, and an infectious gate. Really fun.

The Col-Lee-Jets - Jam And Jelly dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is an infectious romp that's more than a riff rocker because of the raspy sax and many changes. Lots of energy and a bumpin' bass.

The Gems - Slave Girl dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This super obscure track from the early sixties is a nearly surf cover of Santo and Johnny's "Slave Girl." The guitar shimmers with string bending and a magical island feel. While very primitive and on the murky side, this track is a genuine gem!

The Warriors - War Paint dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

This is a moderately interesting fifties guitar instro that uses a slight variation of the guitar boogie riff. The percussion is tape-echoed, making it sound quite different. The guitar is thick and strong.

The Royals - Thunder Wagon dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Thunder Wagon" is a dark little riffer with a touch of drama and a minimalist feel. It's all about the way early b-sides could rock without many notes and not much of a melody. Kinda cool.

The Tornados - The Slide dot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very slow number with a two-note boogie slither. Very minimal, and pretty murky.

The Trebletones - Guitar Movement dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Not much going on here. "Guitar Movement" is pretty much a jam kinda thing.