Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Hot Rod Rumbledotdotdot
artworkThe two best labels anywhere for from-vinyl compilations of collectables are the White Label / Bison Bop / Collector and DEE-JAY / Buffalo Bop. While they are mostly without true licensing, they often do get former label owner cooperation. This thematic collection of 30 tracks contains 6 instrumentals, a couple of which are surf. The rest is primal car and bike music for teen rebels with rolled up sleeves and pompadours. It's quite a collection of hot rod music.
Picks: Flashin' Red, Scrambler, Dragster, Scat Car Scat, Drag Strip, Road Runnah

Track by Track Review


Flashin' Red dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sirens and the traffic sounds and a basic dry surf arrangement with pounding drums and a cool melody. Infectious, with dribbling glissandoes, it's a great example of teenage surf from 1963. A nice addition to your library, but not essential listening. "Flashin' Red" is introduced with an aircheck from KASK (?).

Scrambler dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool rhythm guitar and rolling toms behind a Richie Podolor-like melody line. Very nice tune. Someone should cover this. Hot rod sounds crisscross the entire song.

Dragster dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

If it says Johnny Fortune, you need it. A master at the age of 16, already a veteran of hit records by Sam Cooke among others, and his 10 year old brother is the drummer. Great tune, and Johnny had a totally unique sound.

Scat Car Scat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A cool and simple melody line over hot rod sounds. Great intense whammy a la the Lively Ones "Exodus" and rolling drums make this a grand find.

Drag Strip dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Pounding toms & crunchy reverby guitars - it's just a minor progression, like a fifties rocker with a tad of the big waves.

Road Runnah dotdotdotdot
Hot Rod Surf (Instrumental)

The single A-side (B-side was "Quasimoto"), this track ended up on the London Records release of the Pyramids' album. It does not appear on the original Best Records release, and bears no similarity in playing or style to the Pyramids. OK, so that's not a slam, just a clarification. This track rules! It's hot, "Pipeline" like, and fiery. It may be a bit obscure, but it's a great track!