Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Humunga Cowabunga [Xmas Excerpt]dotdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a Christmas excerpt from the Humunga Cowabunga show.
Picks: Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Rudolph The Lovesick Reindeer, Carol Of The Bells, Happy Xmas

Track by Track Review


Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer dotdotdotdot
Xmas Surf (Instrumental)

The peaceful air of Rick Escobar's gentle solo intro is shattered as soon as the band kicks in for a rousing trad surf holiday rave. Hot leads, chunky rhythms, perfect drums and bass... even the reindeer are dancing in the streets. The arrangement is a strait blend of pure surf and Santa Claus. Totally infectious and Marvelous.

Rudolph The Lovesick Reindeer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The boys from Brazil 2001 pack a bunch of holiday cheer into a slow and touching new tribute to the lead reindeer. It's entirely different than you expect, with a surf-blues melody line bringing forth this sinewy and slow romancer. Great performance!

Carol Of The Bells dotdotdotdotdot
Xmas Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

Just like the studio version, this fine performance opens with pristine and precise beautifully played solo guitar over sleigh bells, before bringing in the tom toms and bass for a glorious second verse that's retains the delicacy. The third verse adds timbales and a little power. The arrangement employs several textural and energy level transitions that add drama and flair to this wonderful performance. It is totally different than the Malibooz interpretation. Huge, emotional, and moving.

Happy Xmas dotdotdotdotdot
Xmas Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)

The beautiful sounds of this performance are introduced by Martyn's "Happy Christmas - War is over" through his bull horn. This is an amazingly psychedelic and interesting treatment of this otherwise common holiday tune. There is a fine blending of the original the intent with the huge imagery of this great great band. The methods of their madness transform this ancient standard when huge guitar or double picked delicacy is applied following the huge psycho-scream of the sustain. Midstream, Jim employs a most twisted warble to his immense guitar, giving this an eerie feel like no other version. It all comes down with a couple of lines from "Jingle Bells." Amazingly huge.