Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Hold The Vocals... A Tribute to the Instrumental Hits of the 60's 70's 80'sdotdotdot
artworkLooking for a side trip? Not easily embarrassed at parties? Get off on strange covers? You've found Nirvana! This collection sports 17 covers of songs you've heard before. A few are straight covers, but most meander through the backwater of your mind. It's like hearing the world through a blender or dirty windows. Amazing things happen when you groove to "Hawaii Take 5-0" from the Squirrels or the loungy "Telstar" from freedirt. The trance version of Fleetwood Mac's "Albatross" sends shivers through your neurons, as does Trance To The Sun's flighty treatment of "Pipeline" by Alonzo "Blind Pineapple" Phillips. On the heavy side of your nightmare are Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein" from the Clang Quartet, and Funkadelic's chilling "Maggot Brain" by Peter Aldrich. Not for the tame hearted.
Picks: Hawaii Take 5-0, Frying Pan, Experiment In Terror, Don't Want You No More, Telstar, Moby Dick, Rumble, Sleep Walk, Pet Sounds, Haunted Castle, Jeff's Boogie, Popcorn, Albatross, Pipeline, Outaspace, Frankenstein, Maggot Brain

Track by Track Review

Hawaii Take 5-0 dotdotdotdot
Lounge Jazz Near Surf (Instrumental)

WARNING: The surgeon General has not determined the latent damage caused by the sinisterly strange in audio. Listen at your own peril! Take yur average expectation of a medley of "Hawaii 5-0" and "Take Five," and scrap it, cuz the Mighty MIGHTY Squirrels. have slaughtered not only these two venerable old workhorses, but any notion of your sanity as well. The horn section works overtime merging the two melody lines mid-line - [H5-0] Duh-duh-duh-dah- [Take 5] tah-TAH-tah-tah-tah... - utterly amazing! If you recall the Lawndale merger of "Take Five" and "Whole Lotta Love," it goes one better, and the horns supplanting the expected guitars makes it even more surreal. The acid test of successful weirdness is when three of the engineers at KFJC all came in with maximum grins when I played it...awesome.

Frying Pan dotdotdot
British Blues (Instrumental)

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band's "Frying Pan" gets a traditional harmonica blues treatment, full of drive and sixties British Blues sound. Pretty darn cool.

Experiment In Terror dotdotdot
Dramatic (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's moody number finds yet another venue in yet another arrangement. The lead is fuzzy, but it's nothing like Davie Allan's version. Lumbering with anticipation and sadness, "Experiment In Terror" flows very smoothly, with the guitar delicately delivering an emotional appeal for the fear to end. Very cool.

Don't Want You No More dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Hugh Jones does a flippant version of the Allman Brothers' instro. Smooth and listenable, but not particularly unusual.

Telstar dotdotdot
Lounge (Instrumental)

Even in the darkest regions of space, there are trendy bars sporting bad lounge. I don't know what else I can say about this beyond that. Bouncy, cheesy, and without redeeming social value. In other words, unpretentious white bread fun.

Moby Dick dotdotdot
Seventies (Instrumental)

Led Zeppelin's "Moby Dick" gets the seventies disco guitar treatment, while retaining the heavy handed rhythm section. Grin bearing psychedelic dance floor weirdness.

Rumble dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a pretty straight treatment of Link Wray's classic. Not a spec of originality, aside from the swirl of the keyboard accompaniment, which borders on space rock cheese. Still, it sports quite a bit o' the old edge-n-thump.

Sleep Walk dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a purist treatment of Santo and Johnny's "Sleep Walk." The arrangement remains relatively unscathed, while the soul is less evident. There's more of a sock hop beat to it.

Pet Sounds dotdotdot
Unplugged (Instrumental)

Acoustic guitar delicately plays a solo rendition of the Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds." While quite pleasant, it's not very interesting, and the "Unplugged" trend is a decade past.

Haunted Castle dotdotdot
Dungeonesque (Instrumental)

This is a thick and headachy rendering of the Kingsmen's "Haunted Castle." Aside from the dungeonesque qualities, it's just a throb away from boring, and the vinyl scratches from the source are quite annoying.

Jeff's Boogie dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

Routine guitar blues. The Exploding Pintos don't take this classic any further. Just a cover.

Popcorn dotdotdot
Synth (Instrumental)

Missing the coy strangeness of Hot Butter's original, this is tame and almost lamenting. The orchestral keys give it an O.M.D. quality, but that's as far as the innovation goes.

Albatross dotdotdot
Sleepcore (Instrumental)

Peter Green's amazing "Albatross" is regenerated in a floaty trance arrangement. Born of sleepcore, trance attempts to sedate, hoping for an out-of-body experience. Instead, it bores all but the true believers. Yawn.

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Third Eye Surf (Instrumental)

Drenched in an echoey wash of third eye sensory environs, the Chantays' "Pipeline" becomes a natural vehicle for a dream time journey. Mystical, white light drugged out, and flighty. All that, and yet there's still the sense of the surf. File under "hmmm."

Outaspace dotdotdot
Disco Sludge (Instrumental)

Oddly interesting, this space rock interpretation of Billy Preston's "Outaspace" drifts between bad disco and space rock ethics. I can decide if it's awful or cool.

Frankenstein dotdotdot
Death Sludge (Instrumental)

From the bowels of synthesized death metal disco comes ultra dark sludge. Quite nasty, intense, and humorous. Must be the result of some form of outercourse.

Maggot Brain dotdotdot
Dungeonous Psychedelic (Instrumental)

Echoes of damp dungeons, post surf guitar, psychedelic swirls, demented dreams, and harsh respect for Funkadelic. Maybe a little like what would happen if Voodoo Child or the Bevis Frond got a hold of it. Cool.