Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Horror Hopdotdotdot
artworkA giant pile of monster-themed tracks, most of which are goofy. Then again, a couple of early Kip Tyler tracks, along with some interesting instro material make this worth at least a sidetrip.
Picks: Evans Carroll - The Monster, The Frantics - Werewolf, The Motivations - The Birds, Pasquale and the Lunar-Tikis - Moon Madness, Kip Tyler - She's My Witch, Jungle Hop

Track by Track Review


Evans Carroll - The Monster dotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Evans Carroll might be related to Midwest artist Evan Carrol and the Tempos, but I can't be sure. This is a very simple riff rocker, with only it's progression and goofy monster noises to keep it afloat.

The Frantics - Werewolf dotdotdotdotdot
Pre Surf Lycanthropy (Instrumental)

This is the original, growling with lycanthropic evil and great guitar over tribal toms and a shimmering vibrato second guitar. This is a totally unique and magnificent track! The power of the writing and the highly effective simplicity of the arrangement is stunning. The Frantics' "Werewolf" holds up really well after more than 35 years.

The Motivations - The Birds dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool semi surf riff with really cool effects from the echo plex and the outboard reverb, and a menacing meanness. The chunky damped surf rhythm guitar keeps it in focus, and the drums provide the thunder. Very cool track.

Pasquale and the Lunar-Tikis - Moon Madness dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Drums and bird calls and a long introduction leads gradually through evolving percussion and rising sounds to over use of tape echo to create a nearly psychedelic frenzy. No guitars or bass or anything else, yet "Moon Madness" is a compelling bit of obscurity.

Kip Tyler - She's My Witch dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Kip Tyler is a name that shows up later in surf and even cut a revival track or two in the eighties for Chris Ashford's What Surf series. Grode guitar that could have been used on a surf track or two grumbles along as Tyler sings of evil women.

Kip Tyler - Jungle Hop dotdotdot
Surf (Vocal)

Another Kip Tyler track features Bo Diddley guitar and a catchy sound. No pre-surfisms here, except for the obvious Bo Diddley precursors. It's a fun track that sure should have been a hit.