Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Hairdotdotdotdot
artworkAnother amazing and unlikely (mostly) surf tribute to one of the most notorious musicals of teh sixties. Lots of very cool tracks.

Vocals on this collection of insanity include Robert Cuff aka Ink Mathematics' tasteful Pink Floyd-like "Sodomy," the slightly crunchy "Colored Spade" from Michael Stiletto, "Ain't Got No " from the Hi-Fi Ramblers, "Air" from the ever-wonderful Nematoads, and a countrified "Easy To Be Hard" from the Bluejays.
Picks: Aquarius, Donna/ Hashish, Manchester England, I'm Black / Ain't Got No, Initials, I Got Life, Hair, My Conviction, Don't Put It Down, Frank Mills, Be-In, Where Do I Go?, Black Boys / White Boys, Walking In Space, Abie Baby, Three-Five-Zero-Zero, What A Piece Of Work Is Man, Good Morning Starshine, The Flesh Failure (Let The Sunshine In)

Track by Track Review

Aquarius dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a wonderful moody arrangement of "Aquarius." The drums and bass are classic Atlantics, and the guitars fly with echo and spatial reverb. High energy and soaring sound.

Donna/ Hashish dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Those rockin' Longhorn Devils make gutty work of "Donna/ Hashish" with strong guitars and percussion. Big whammy chords and a lot of edge.

Manchester England dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Excellent liquid guitars and great drumming are supported by solid bass. "Manchester England" becomes a very nice surf instrumental here. Splendid!

I'm Black / Ain't Got No dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a marvelously playful track. A wonderfully bouncy rhythm supports the melodic fluidity of the melody, and the distant chants backing up part two are priceless. "I'm Black" is a psychedelic sitar number with a Cat Mother bounce. This is a very cool song that is thoroughly engaging. "Ain't Got No" is more of a groove than a song. I personally don't think it adds to "I'm Black"

Initials dotdotdot
Tweaky (Instrumental)

"Initials" has a bluesy country sound and feel, on the verge of tweaky strange, yet engaging and fun. Odd, but not uncool.

I Got Life dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rev Hank's Twang Gang have taken "I Got Life" off the stage and into the brine. Slightly silly rhythmically, but that just seems to add an endearing quality to this fine surf instrumental. Excellent.

Hair dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of a handful of signature tunes from the musical, "Hair" becomes a fine surf instro, with an aquatic melody line and summer's eve sound and feeling. I never would have suspected. It's a simple and direct arrangement, but it sure is effective.

My Conviction dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A thrashing power shred of a song with surprising surfability. Powerful double picking and bass grumble. Nothing in the original musical ripped, but this sure does.

Don't Put It Down dotdotdot
Combo (Instrumental)

Dueling Russian bands the Bombers and the Vivisectors rock out this simple club combo arrangement of "Don't Put It Down." It's really quite fun, and the riffs from "Wipe Out" are a nice touch.

Frank Mills dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Bustin' Burritos get more creative with every release. This is a sultry liquid island surf guitar arrangement of "Frank Mills" that's inviting and engaging. Dribbling double picked lines, vibrato shimmer. Wonderful!

Be-In dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The ever loungy and wonderful Seks Bomba make nice with this little ditty. Saucy and fun with exotic tweakery.

Where Do I Go? dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and gritty with atmospheric moodiness, "Where Do I Go?" seems to just lurk in imagination, yet calls to a lighter time ahead. Quite interesting.

Black Boys / White Boys dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Stereo lead guitar edges in with reverb and distortion. On the heavy side, with an ominous sound and energy. "Black Boys / White Boys" seems more about the danger than the melody, which works quite well here.

Walking In Space dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the most overlooked bands lurking in the mist at the edges of the pool, the Glasgow Tiki Shakers play and write some wonderful and unusual songs. Taking their unique approach to "Walking In Space" results in vibrato shimmer, muted reverb charm, and a beautiful journey across a glassy wall. It accelerates as it advances, ending in an energetic tubular dream. Mighty fine!

Abie Baby dotdotdot
Frat (Instrumental)

This is a very frat-rock mess-around with "Abie Baby" that makes it nothing like it's source. The vinyl clicks and pops detract from the listening pleasure. Mondo fun.

Three-Five-Zero-Zero dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf reverb and Link Wray chordage reinvent "Three-Five-Zero-Zero" in a heavier vein that's quite pleasing. The tribal drums and bass give it a surreal runway underbelly. Yikes!

What A Piece Of Work Is Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A billion guitars and bass gives "What A Piece Of Work Is Man" a surreal almost Christmas feeling. Maybe it's the Les Paul like cheesiness, or maybe the jazzy guitar lines.

Good Morning Starshine dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Kahuna Kawentzmann has too much fun with his guitar. Low gutty tones, great drums, and funky bass. This is an aurally circulating (actively panned) track that's simply fun. Be prepared to grin.

The Flesh Failure (Let The Sunshine In) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dripping springs, grumbling bass, sad tone gently bring forth the soft introductory verses, which are wonderful. The highly recognizable chorus is entirely infectious. The active panning on the vibrato guitar adds a psychedelic overtone. Thoroughly wonderful.