Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Hot Rod Rockabillydotdotdot
artworkThis is a sixty-track mp3 comp commercially produced, but poorly mastered. All mono sources, virtually from vinyl that sports surface noise and some stereo artifacts. A handful of instros make the $8.99 price bearable.
Picks: The Duals - Stick Shift, Manuel and the Renegades - Rev Up, The Sandells - Out Front, The Shut Downs - Four In The Floor, The Vibrants - Fuel Injection

Track by Track Review


Hard Drivin' Man dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Engines rev up before the soul organ and twelve string take command. The instrumentation is completely at odds with the engines and the titles.

Midnight Drag dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Engines bring on twelve string and organ mid tempo grooving. If not for the engines, this could have been a prelude to folkrock.

Stick Shift dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This track defines early hot rod guitar instros. It opens with grumbling pipes and tire squeals, and move right into the simple but infectious melody line that fires off over the thumping bass and rocking drums. It is like an outgrowth of rockabilly, with the edges of the surf sound to come hiding in the weeds. A necessary presurf instro. Unlike the Collectables release, this is from session tapes.

Rev Up dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one monster of a surf instro. Right from the tuff shouted intro "Rev Up" and screaming throaty engine, Manuel and the Renegades rock! Great surf guitar, monster tom toms, boss sax, and very high power. This single defines power, and it's infectious energy and guts are compelling. Totally great!

Out Front dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Sandells became the Sandals at the same time they recorded the soundtrack to Endless Summer. "Out Front" is a simple riff rock tune, with reverby guitar licks and plinky piano, accented with hot rod sounds. It's a fairly pedestrian track, but it does have it's historical place. Issued as the B-side of "Scrambler" in 1964.

Slappin' Rods and Leaky Oil dot
Rock (Instrumental)

The title says it all - a tale all too familiar to the teenagers of the fifties. Hand clappin' riffology with chants. Also listed as Ronny & The Savoys.

Four In The Floor dotdotdot
Hot Rod Surf (Instrumental)

This was a cool single when I first got it back in '62 or so. It is a rhythm dominated number, with a minimal progression, covered by racing hot rod engines. Way fun.

Beach Buggy dot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

"Beach Buggy" merely runs an almost non-chord riff under a continuous motor rumble, not even shifting gears. Really useless.

Fuel Injection dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with dragsters off the line, this rhythmic almost flamenco song is choppy and really cool. It throbs with chopped guitar licks and pristine tone, like the Duals' "Stick Shift," only clean and surfed up. Very nice track.