Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Fargo Rocksdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a great concept. Vital local scene were abundant in the late fifties and early sixties. This companion CD to the wonderful DVD documentary contains three fine instros, including The Treasures' essential "Minor Chaos."
Picks: Ronnie Ray and the Playboys - The Vulture, The Rockin' Teenbeats - Basic, The Treasures - Minor Chaos

Track by Track Review


Ronnie Ray and the Playboys - The Vulture dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This has long been one of my favorite presurf pieces. It's very simple, and leans on a couple of nice changes heavily. It's a tune that deserves a surf treatment. The damped plucking is melodic and delicate, and the melody line very endearing. Even the chord parts are catchy.

The Rockin' Teenbeats - Basic dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The title says it all. This 1961 acetate is a basic riff rocker. It starts out on solo guitar and cymbals, but gets to a full band rage soon enough. Raw sax, primitive guitar, and a whole lot of attitude.

The Treasures - Minor Chaos dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This 1964 release is one of the GREAT surf obscuros. The Treasures called Fargo, North Dakota home, and shunned the surf label, seeing it as limiting. They employed Gretch hollow body guitars for a more gutty sound. "Minor Chaos" is melodic, powerful, and rhythmic. The drums are spectacular, and the melody is strong. This is an essential surf monster. This is credited to Treasures guitarist Paul Hubbard, but the Steve Rowe and the Furys release of the same song credits Steve Rowe as the writer. It's a surf instro who done it. Paul says they co-wrote it, and it developed in various bands they both shared.