Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Hey DJ, Play Some Instrumental Jivers Vol. 2dotdotdot
artworkThis CD-R release is reasonably mastered, and contains lots of cool stuff. Like many bootlegs, however, it also has lots of spelling and artist errors, and no liner notes at all.
Picks: Beep Beep and the Roadrunners - Shiftin' Gears, H. E. Ferrell and his No. 1 Boys - She Giggles, The Monarchs IV - Surge, The Night Trains - Scramble, The Rhythm Rockers - Torpedo, The Rollettes - Venus Rock, Roy and the Royals - The Royal B, The Runabouts - Lobo, The Shattoes - Surf Fever, The Swanks - Ghost Train, The Tempest - Lemon Twist, Link Wray and his Raymen - Raw-Hide

Track by Track Review


Sammy Berk - Big Beat Boogie
Surf (Instrumental)

Sammy Berk's piano is very honky-tonk tingly. The guitar is twangy and fun. Likely issued sometime in the fifties, "Big Beat Boogie" is a rompin' fun track.

Beep Beep and the Roadrunners - Shiftin' Gears dotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Raging fifties styles riff rockin' grind from Massachusetts, with surf guitar tone from 1966. It's fast and infectious via its energy.

The Corvettes - Shaften dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Raging two chord filler, relying solely on it's edge and volume to carry it off. Fun, but no particularly interesting, and quite unimaginative musically.

Dave's Travelers - Traveler Rock dotdot
Fifties Rock & Roll (Instrumental)

What's this? A bit of reverb on the guitar, a piano plinking away. The bass is missing (maybe they didn't have one), and the drums are lost in the mix, except for the kick. Still, it's a cool track.

The Down Beats - Craig's Crazy Boogie dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Plinkin' piano a la Fats Domino or B. Bumble, riffin' up a storm in a jammin' melody free number that rocks the way so many fifties instros rocked.

H. E. Ferrell and his No. 1 Boys - She Giggles dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Post Duane Eddy, presurf rockin' with loud lead guitar and busy piano. Pretty darn intense, and with a surfable riff.

Tommy Hudson and the Savoys - Rock It dot
Rock (Instrumental)

Primitive fifties B-side rock instro progression riff rock. Sax break, chorded guitar chunk, and murky drums and bass.

Jerry and the Silvertones - Ce'ny dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Twangy almost melodic riff rock, with tuff drum action, and intensity of intent. Definitely country tinged, but also nearly coastal. A cool little number, like maybe Eddie Angel would dig.

The Monarchs IV - Surge dotdotdot
Country Surf (Instrumental)

"Surge" uses guitar licks born of country and lightly influenced by easy jam surf. The drums and bass are more surf like. It's an interesting hybrid track with modest energy and charm, but the melody is too jam-like to really bring you back.

The Montereys - Rocker dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The song's title might lead you believe that this 1959 track will rock. That would be only partially true. "Rocker" moderately paced some with great drums and a decent riff. It does have lots of energy, but is somewhat restrained sounding.

Bobby Nelson Quartet - Zapp dotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

"Zapp" is a basic guitar instro based on an overused progression and generally devoid of a melody.

The Night Raiders - Cotton Pickin' dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Not a drop more than a rock jam. Sax, guitar progressions, pumpin' piano... There ya go - that's it!

The Night Trains - Scramble dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A nifty lead line, and an infectious rhythm coupled with excellent drum power evidence themselves on this fifties workout.

The Ox Tones - Mickey dot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

This is a riff rockin' piano roll that sports jazzy guitar riffs and spunky old time rhythm. Fun, but unremarkable.

The Prem Airs - Premier Rock dot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Stompin' riff rock with great piano and a guitar line that could easily be surf up in the same way the Gamblers' "Moon Dawg" has bee so often. Fast and hard driving, "Premier Rock" features the piano up front, but with a more prominent guitar line... well, surf's up dude!

The Rhythm Rockers - Torpedo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Another band name that has been used and used... this is not the surf band. "Torpedo" is an almost aquatic number based on a riff and some reverb. It's pretty cool, and with the occasional double picking and echoed guitar, it's right in line for morphing into a surf tune.

The Rockin' Continentals - 2-3-4 dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A basic frat riff and sound, not remarkable or interesting, just rare.

The Johnny Rogers Band - Ramrod dotdot
Fifties Rock & Roll (Instrumental)

Al Casey's tune. A lo-fi recording with a lot of feel to it.

The Rollettes - Venus Rock dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Almost surfy with reverbed hand claps and a low-E Fender twang, plus a nasty sax. It's not very melodic, but the beat is infectious and the richness of the guitar tone appealing. A nice find.

Roy and the Royals - The Royal B dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thin guitar, driven to the edge with distortion, pumping bass, and frantic drums carry "The Royal B" sideways through the night. This is the real deal if you're looking for a seriously rockin' fifties instrumental. More than just a riff rocker, and loaded with energy.

The Runabouts - Lobo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

A grode Low-E guitar grumbles under an introductory narrative, then launches into basic riff rocker with enough chamber reverb to make it sound pretty surfy. A cool and mighty obscure track, with overdubbed handclaps and a rock solid beat.

The Shattoes - Surf Fever dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Shattoes recorded this spunky surf monster in '65. "Surf Fever" is a fast, hot instro, based on a riff/progression that is sure to please.

The Swanks - Ghost Train dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the more often comp'd instros from the fifties. It is a fast and infectious train tune, with a big reverby lead guitar and lots of subtle whammy. The double picked guitar work is very "swank," and the the contrast between the surf guitar's optimism and the minor key danger of the rhythm guitar and bass is quite effective. Fine track.

The Tempest - Lemon Twist dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one low brow riff rocker. Cruddy sound from the one-mic techniques of the fifties. The drummer is not very good, but he sure is frantic. Speaking of frantic, there are many frisky string swipes and lots of fast picking. The amp is turned up to 11. Very cool!

Terry and the Renegades - Line Drive dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

On the gutty side, "Live Drive" is a minimal riff rocker with that leather jacket fifties edge. More than just a riff rocker, but not particularly engaging.

The Thunder Rocks - Rampage dot
Fifties (Instrumental)

"Rampage" blasts out in a fifties honkin' progression. It's the sort of thing the Vice Barons would cover.

The Vi-Kings - The Viking Twist dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

A nearly surf guitar over a basic frat rocker... and while it's energetic, it's also not memorable.

Dennis Volk - Dennis' Boogie dot
Cowboy Boogie (Instrumental)

A basic cowboy piano boogie. While fun, it doesn't stand out in a crowd of two.

Link Wray and his Raymen - Raw-Hide dotdotdotdot
Primal Rock (Instrumental)

What needs to be said about Link besides he's God! This is a pounding and demanding progression, racing for a fight, pummeling all who don't get out of the way. Rockin reeling intense. The man was a genius.