Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Eastside Sounddotdotdot
artworkThis is an extension of the great recent CD releases from the Faro/Rampart vaults. The Latino rock sound of east LA in the early sixties was unique and vibrant, with rock anthems like Thee Midnighters' "Whittier Blvd." Displaying the energy of the people in the area. Generally overlooked, this scene is a vital part of Americana, and produced some spectacular rock records. This CD gathers more fine sounds from that golden age. I highly recommend any and all of the volumes on both Bacchus Archives / Dionysus and Verese Sarabande. It's all enhance by excellent liner notes. Now what we need is a release of the complete Thee Midnighters recordings. There's no surf here, but seven instros from the infectious east LA Pachuko Soul scene will satisfy your instrumental dreams.
Picks: Oh Yeah Whittier, Silly Putty, Get You Baby, Tuff Stuff, Sonny and Cher, Get Your Baby, Wiped Out

Track by Track Review


Oh Yeah Whittier dotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

While on the riffy side, this spin-off from Thee Midnighters' "Whittier Blvd." is infectious and sports a rockin' groove. It's nasty and grodie with a big bass. The sax is grodie, and the organ and guitar swirl around like hornets at a picnic.

Silly Putty dotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

Thumpin' hard drivin' eastside R&B jammin' sonic assault. One of the cool sounds that came out of east LA was the large Latino band, sometimes with ten members, creating a very thick and rhythmic sound. While only hosting six members, Mark and the Escorts had that Midnighters bigness. Mighty fun.

Get You Baby dotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

Another thick "Whittier Blvd." inspired number, this time with an infectious riff and solid beat.

Tuff Stuff dotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

A jammin' kinda track, influenced by "Whittier Blvd.," but also much more a tuff R&B jam. They musta swayed and bounced to this at the Rhythm Room.

Sonny and Cher dotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

This single was a tribute to the "Sonny and Cher" show, with a boy and (boy in falsetto) girl bantering over a rhythmic track. Just fun.

Get Your Baby dotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

This hard rockin' track sports a nasty sax and jammin' guitar, with a rock solid beat and pulverizing intensity. Not melodic at all, but overwhelmingly driving. Too much!

Wiped Out dotdotdot
Pachuko Soul (Instrumental)

Piano roll jammin' and sax ranting, hands a-clapping, and rockin' bass and drums. All jam, that is to say there's no melody, but there is lot's of energy and fun.