Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Golden Age Of American Rock'n'Roll - Special Bubbling Under Editiondotdotdotdot
artworkThis series serves as a fine entree into the world of chart hits over the years, with well annotated liner notes and artwork. This particular set is all about the rich regional charts that were the norm in the fifties and early sixties, a phenomenon that is sadly missing in today's homogenous centrally programmed radio. Of particular note is the first stereo appearance of one of my favorite instros, "Seagrams" by the (Chicago) Viceroys.
Picks: Jack B. Nimble And The Quicks - Nut Rocker, Robert Parker - All Nite Long Part 2, The Tornadoes - Bustin' Surfboards, The Viceroys - Seagrams

Track by Track Review


Jack B. Nimble And The Quicks - Nut Rocker dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a pumping piano rendering of Peter Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker Suite." What's interesting is that this Del-Rio single predates the nearly identical B. Bumble & The Stingers recording on Rendezvous, which was the national hit. many of the same musicians served on both sessions at the same time. The song is lots of fun, despite the controversy.

Robert Parker - All Nite Long Part 2 dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is a soulful if not melodic jam with inserted spoken lines. While musically unremarkable, it does represent an early solo work from Robert Parker. The guitar riff at the center was written by fellow studio musician on the session Mac Rebennack a.k.a. Dr. John.

The Tornadoes - Bustin' Surfboards dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Bustin' Surfboards" is one of the most recognizable of the tribal surf instros from the sixties. It's drum dominated raw sound was nothing short of magical when I first heard it on KRLA. This is one of the essential surf instros, a desert island must-have.

The Viceroys - Seagrams dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Seagrams" is a tune built around an infectious rhythm, and an interplay between the guitar and organ that works really well. It has numerous style changes, and is very fun to listen to. Not melodic, but so catchy that you don't care.