Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Guitar Mania Volume 10dotdotdot
artworkVolume 10 of the Rarity label series displays more of the Euro guitar sound, with the added bonus of a few surf and surfable tracks.
Picks: Rarity Boogie, Vaya con Dios, Rarity Island, La Rosita, Laguna Beach, Junior, Saturday Night at the Duckpont, Tailspin, Amapola, Mister Moto, My Indonesian Girl, Wheels, Melody In F, San Antonio Rose, Pizzicato Twist, The Savage, Holiday Moon, Midnight, Ajoen Ajoen, Carioca, Goldfinger, Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son, Man Of Mystery, Wipe Out, Sleep Walk

Track by Track Review


Rarity Boogie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

As the title suggests, this is a guitar boogie in the fifties tradition. Nicely done, bouncy and catchy, and rich guitar tone that straddles jazz and rockabilly twang. Excellent track.

Vaya con Dios dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

This is a soft cover of the traditional Mexican song. Very pretty, especially the delicately double picked bridges.

Rarity Island dotdot
Polynesian MOR (Instrumental)

Very much in the Polynesian pop mold, this pretty track is soft and soothing in an island vacation sorta way.

La Rosita dotdotdot
MOR Surf (Instrumental)

Tribal drums and delicate double picked splash over an infectious rhythm drive "La Rosita" home. While it's MOR, it's also pretty surfy and very cool. Beautiful track with energy and refined thunder.

Laguna Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Treble Spankers' "Laguna Beach" is splashed with long echoed guitar twang. Less intense than the original, but still quite cool.

Junior dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Jaguars cover the Goldentones' "Junior" with fire and splash, replacing reverb with echoed guitar. Lots of energy and very well played.

Saturday Night at the Duckpont dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Surf Rats' "Saturday Night At The Duckpond" is played hard and well. A solid cover double picked and flying high with Euro echo guitar tone.

Tailspin dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Los Straitjackets' firebrand "Tailspin" is played very well with power and reverence to that circular melody line. Nice track.

Amapola dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Thin dry country guitar lead this cover of the traditional "Amapola." Nothing unusual, but very competent. The Valiants are from The Hague.

Mister Moto dotdotdot
Dry Surf (Instrumental)

The Belairs' ultra classic "Mr. Moto" is softly covered. Like the original, it's dry. Unlike the original, it's low key and almost black-tie pristine.

My Indonesian Girl dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

This is a soft and shimmering MOR track destined for post night out recreation. Slushy and vibrato schmoozed.

Wheels dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

The String-A-Longs' "Wheels" is even more MOR than the original. Lower key and smoother, but still quite listenable.

Melody In F dot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a fast rockin' Euro guitar instro with no particular distinguishing sound or melody. "Melody In F" just seems to fade from memory after playing.

San Antonio Rose dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

This is a way fun rockin' cover of "San Antonio Rose" in an almost rockabilly vein. Lots of bounce and great drums pounding at breakneck speed.

Pizzicato Twist dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

Damped and plucked echoed guitar out front over an MOR backtrack. Catchy in that I don't wanna like it way. Lots of charm.

The Savage dotdotdot
Shadows (Instrumental)

The Shadows' often covered "The Savage" is well done, with more drums than most.

Holiday Moon dotdot
MOR (Instrumental)

This is an MOR guitar piece sporting beautiful guitar and distant romantic sound. The Explosion Rockets were formed in 1978.

Midnight dotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

This is just another cover of the Shadows' "Midnight."

Ajoen Ajoen dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Like an echoed and twanged Ventures tune, "Ajoen Ajoen" is bouncy and very cool, with whammy action and some edge. Nice track.

Carioca dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Fireballs' "Carioca" is rocked with great drums and echoed guitar replacing the reverbed guitar. tasteful.

Goldfinger dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The instro is slow and dramatic, but the Surphonics soon slide into a straight Shadowsy arrangement. Some cool percussion and silky sound make it just a cut above.

Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Solid drums support a tasteful version of "Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son." Not quite moody, but a little on the sad side, and with some vibrato chords.

Man Of Mystery dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Shadows' "Man Of Mystery" is reverently laid out. Nothing new.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The drummer does well with this, making his own mark, but the recording muffles the kit too much, removing much of the power. The guitars seem uninspired, but the duel chord attack in different octaves gives the tune new life.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

The Surphonics slow "Sleep Walk" down to a silken crawl. The distant guitar has none of the intensity of the original, and takes the song into MOR territory.