Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The History Of Vancouver Rock And Rolldotdotdot
artworkThe Vancouver, BC scene in the late fifties and early sixties was quite rich in recorded output. Volume 1 of this series includes three instros, one of which is on the verge of surf.
Picks: Meadowlands, Fujikami Warrior, Aces High

Track by Track Review


Meadowlands dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Chessmen arranged "Meadowlands" in a somewhat European way, yet it has a distinctly American pre-surf sound. It's an all-guitar way of playing it. There's a slight nod to the Shadows, but mostly the style is upbeat and bright with ringing guitar tone. This is likely the most common rock cover of this classic European melody. The lead is almost surfy, and the beat very cool. Excellent guitar playing and an infectious rhythm. This is one of those little singles that's a pleasure to listen to over and over. Great drums and an excellent performance.

Fujikami Warrior dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of those instros with quite a bit of vocalizing, but no singing. fake Japanese chants and a chorus inject themselves into this progression-based number. It's very period, and quite fun.

Aces High dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This horn instro is in the R&B mold. The break is pumped out on the organ and the guitar relentless provides rhythm until it double picks a jammy break on its own.