Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Hobo Bopdotdotdotdot
artworkThis comp encompasses a fine slice of small label upper Midwest vintage rockabilly of the Bison Bop variety. All the songs are about the rails, riding them, hopping a freight, hitchin' across the U. S., etc. There are no instros here, but their is one track that makes the whole CD worthwhile for any hard core surf collector. It's not even a surf vocal, and it has no surf references in it. What it does have is the best juxtaposition of surf guitar and trad rockabilly anywhere. It's Johnny Waleen's version of the Phillips/Parker masterpiece "Mystery train."
Picks: Mystery Train

Track by Track Review


Mystery Train dotdotdotdotdot
Surfabilly (Instrumental)

Wow! Imagine the power you could achieve with the rhythm guitar from Pipeline and the bison bop energy of a true Midwest rockabilly band. Imagine no more. This dates from around '62, and displays that merger perfectly. Intense surf guitar, damped double picked, relentless and powerful. Fine whoopin rockabilly madness in the vocals and the best version of the Phillips/Parker classic train song. Super!