Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Go! Go! Beach Partydotdotdotdot
artworkSubtitled Back To 60's Summer Holidays In Japan, this is a fun compilation that crosses several boundaries. There are five Japanese surf monsters here, plus some surf-pop vocals seldom heard outside of Japan, often done in a faux Beach Boys or Annette style.
Picks: Point Panic, Black Sand Beach, Bombora, Surf Party, Kickstand, Theme From A Summer Place

Track by Track Review

Point Panic dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with the beginning shout and surf from the Surfaris' version, this is a very aggressive instro for Japanese surf. Very fast and accurate picking and lots of energy, missing only the loudness and reverb of American surf. A fine cover!

Black Sand Beach dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the original version of "Black Sand Beach." This is a spectacularly good track with intense rhythm and guitar tone. For my money, it epitomizes eleki! Recorded in late '65, issued in '66.

Bombora dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's the Atlantics' international hit "Bombora" that's covered here. The arrangement is less spitfire and more rhythmic. The organ gives it an ethereal quality. The guitar tone is quite surfy. Tasty.

Surf Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an interesting interpretation of the Astronauts film theme. It's more rhythmic due to a generally dry sound, and the organ adds a strange twist as well. The glissandoes are well played and the arrangement works very well.

Kickstand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a spirited performance of the Ventures track, with way-too-cool grodie glissandoes added. It rocks and rolls with that Ventures go-go sound, but more reverb. Extra suave.

Theme From A Summer Place dot
MOR (Instrumental)

This is a small combo semi orchestral arrangement of Percy Faith's "Theme From A Summer Place." It's very lounge like and pedestrian as well.