Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Happy Wavedotdotdot
artworkThis is a very nice little collection of Spanish surfbands. Five bands, five songs, seven inches of vinyl.
Picks: Granaduena, Beast Beach, El Diablo, Hawaii Five-0, Alien F-Stroll

Track by Track Review

Granaduena dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

It's been a long time since anything new has surfaced from the Pacifics. Churning stomp rhythms with flamenco underpinnings, "Granaduena" sports a Spanish melody line that's quite endearing and a little sad. An unusual track with a friendly feel.

Beast Beach dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chords provide much of the melody with the grumble of dangerous surf and the rhythmic menacing of Surfin' Dave and the Absent Legends. Quite appealing, "Beast Beach" also borrows a few licks from the vintage world.

El Diablo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a bull fight melody and an open air feel, and an organ softly whirling below, the guitar plays a flowing melody in several shades, some warm and sunny, some double picked and grumbly, and some twangy. Nice track.

Hawaii Five-0 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a punched up garage version of the theme to "Hawaii Five-0." Not particularly remarkable, but very listenable none the less. Less garagy than the Not Moving version of "Wipe Out," yet similarly delivered.

Alien F-Stroll dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is like a low brow variation on a cross between the Romans and the Blacklight Chameleons, with that kind of sixties post surf catchy pop feel and the early eighties. Just fun and cool.