Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Early Northwest Rockers and Instrumentals Vol. 3 - Shake Um Up Rockdotdotdot
artworkThe third and final volume in this series includes several gems including Paul Revere and the Raiders' "Orbit," both sides of the illusive Four Playboys single, and an unissued, unidentified track that's very cool.
Picks: The Cut-Ups - Twang, The Four Playboys - Jungle Stomp, Lonely Playboy, Paul Revere and the Raiders - Orbit (The Spy), The Tornados - Yo Yo, Unknown Artist - The Baby Twist, The Vikings - Plastic Coat

Track by Track Review


The Cut-Ups - Twang dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Little going on here beyond a primitive guitar cycling through an AABA pattern. Slightly jungle, and there's cool plinky piano, but not too much more.

The Four Playboys - Jungle Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Jungle calls and a very cool rhythm rumbling under a minimal surf guitar. This is pretty murky, but it must have been really cool. There's plenty of super high muted reverb, maybe even behind the bridge. It undulates and dribbles and splashes. That long very slow glissando is just too cool!

The Four Playboys - Lonely Playboy dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums and shimmering guitar playing a moody melody line give you shivers in a darkened room. That might be why the Mermen cover this. Grode and surfy and primitive, yet compelling.

Paul Revere and the Raiders - Orbit (The Spy) dotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

The "Boss" guitar intro, the spacy sfx, and the low-E guitar grind make this a really nice side trip in the annuls of presurf. Mostly a grindy progression, but very ominous. Most unlike what you'd expect from the Columbia period PR&R.

The Tornados - Yo Yo dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a spunky but primitive track that's very amateur and innocent. No melody to speak of, but exuberant in a youthful way.

Unknown Artist - The Baby Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Too bad Norton couldn't track down who the artist is, 'cuz this is a really fun surf romp. Plinky piano, shouts of rockin' joy, sparkling chords and reverb. Simple and very fun.

The Vikings - Plastic Coat dot
Rock (Instrumental)

On the raucous side, this minimal chord progression number bumps and pumps, but doesn't really ever arrive anywhere.