Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
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artworkThis collection was originally issued on Anagram in 1985. It is a collection of surf instros and vocals, and some related archival tracks. There are some mighty fine, and otherwise unavailable surf instros here. All are reviewed below.

If you're a fan of the eighties edgie surf vocals, you'll find plenty of great garage renderings. There's the Barracudas' classic track "I Want My Woodie Back" from their quasi-surf album. The incredibly infectious Surfin' Lungs provide their "Whole Stole Summer?" The Malibooz' are also here with their "308" from their Rhino album. LA's 'B' Girls are included with their well circulated "Fun At The Beach." Bobby Lloyd and the Windfall Profits (great name), of whom I know nothing at all, provide their "Gas Money." Truth and Beauty (another unknown) do an almost valley-speak song titled "Tuff Little Surfer Boy." The Corvettes also do a song about all the fun stuff of a boy's existence called "Girls Cars Girls Sun Girls Surf Girls Fun Girls." The Stickshifts do a Jan and Dean imitation called "Automobile." The Beach Bums have one of the best vocals here with the short title "The Day The Raised The Thames Barrier (And I Rode All The Way To California)." Then, like a missile from the black helicopter boys, Buzz and the B-Days belt out their sicko "Surfin' C. I. A." with the chorus line "Gonna shoot shoot shoot an airliner down" referencing the KAL incident. Totally wacko. Last vocal here is the ancient pre-Deep Purple track from Episode Six called "Mighty Morris Ten." A fun compilation.
Picks: Herman's New Woodie, Pipeline (extended mix), Shotgun (Rumble At Waikiki), Depth Charge

Track by Track Review


Herman's New Woodie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This highly rhythmic number sports a chunky sound in that eighties blended mix style. It's melodically progression oriented, infectious, and fun. It has plenty of surfisms in the arrangement that link it solidly into the surf camp. The Berzerkers do this live.

Pipeline (extended mix) dotdotdotdotdot
Skate & Surf Punk (Instrumental)

There's plenty of pounding drums and wailing super compressed guitar on this most classic surf punk track of all. Before there was such a thing, Mike Palm and company were straining surf instros through their signature proto-surf-punk sound. Unbelievably strong, and entirely durable. This is the Bitchin' Summer extended edit. It's interesting that there is yet to be a CD release of the actual session as issued on the 7 inch single.

Shotgun (Rumble At Waikiki) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Beachcoma are also known as the Surf Rats. This is a very true to the original version of Jon & the Nightriders' "Rumble At Waikiki." It's highly energetic, fast and poundy. Pure UK surf instro madness.

Depth Charge dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

John Blair's first self penned tune for the surf world, and like Danny Amis's "Calhoun Surf," it has become his signature tune, much requested by fans. A solid performance, the first of several for John's band, and it's been covered by Beach Coma a.k.a. The Surf Rats.