Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Have Reverb... Will Travel Northdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a fine little collection featuring four Canadian bands. Three of the tracks are splendid, so it's a recommended buy. In some ways, it's a family thing, with some players being in more than one lineup. The Surfdusters are an established band, with a CD, and several compilations credits. They are headed up by Rich Hagensen (guitar), with Grant Shankaruk (bass), and Frank Nichols (drums). This is a pretty old tune, from the days when they were a four piece and Ralph Cameron Johnson was the lead guitarist. Mark Brodie's rack has mark playing guitar and bass, and Ed Frey playing drums. Quonset is Ralph Cameron Johnston (guitar - bass) and Ed Frey (drums).
Picks: Baron Von Brodie and his Lost Beavers - Spy Chase, The Lunar Marmots - K. W. A. F. F., The Surfdusters - Danger Beat

Track by Track Review


Baron Von Brodie and his Lost Beavers - Spy Chase dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What needs to be said except it's Mark Brodie! An outtake or demo or something. Anyway, it's a great track, opening with squealing tires. Mark's characteristic writing and playing style shine right through. A solid simple number, slightly repetitious.

The Lunar Marmots - K. W. A. F. F. dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast and furious distant twango and shredding guitar work. Solid hot performance, melodic and catchy.

Quonset - Bird Circles dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Extremely repetitious and underwhelming track.

The Surfdusters - Danger Beat dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great twangy Ralph Cameron Johnston tune, plucky reverb lead, and a solid performance. Always great to hear this Canadian band. The sound is really thin.