Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: I Believe In Music: The History Of The Gross Prophetdotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a very cool compilation from a historical perspective, with both sides of The Truants often covered single, and all four sides from The Genteels, along with Jon and the Nightriders and a rockin' surf blueser from Roy Swedeen. It's a two disc set, half of which is taken up by The Gross Prophet, a Redlands bar band with some legendary players, and another quarter spiced with some cool obscure garage tracks. Excellent liner notes and pictures.
Picks: The Genteels - Take It Off, Hitch Hiker, The Force Of Gravity, Springboard, Jon and the Nightriders - Speedway, Roy Swedeen - Blue Surf, The Hollywood Tornadoes - Moon Dawg, The Truants - The Truant, Sunset Surf

Track by Track Review


The Genteels - Take It Off dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A "Peter Gunn" riff behind a gimmicky runway number with charm and cool piano. Great drums drive this infectious track. It's a precursor to The Tornadoes of "Bustin' Surfboards" fame in more ways than one. While very simple, "Take It Off" is very pleasing.

The Genteels - Hitch Hiker dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hitch Hiker" moves really slowly, liberating guitar lines from "Beep Beep" and classic blues numbers. Very low brow, yet oddly engaging. This sultry jam features groovy delicate drums. The tinkling piano drives it home. It's a little repetitious, but it works quite well.

The Genteels - The Force Of Gravity dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Force Of Gravity" is a very cool number with charming garage surf appeal. Double picked, slightly low energy playing nonetheless conveys serious period reverb twang. Very cool!

The Genteels - Springboard dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Springboard" is a cover of The Sentinals' "Big Surf" with a less grode sound, but plenty of garage charm. There's richness in the sound and great guitar tone. Superb!

Jon and the Nightriders - Speedway dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Race your way to ecstasy! Solid Jon and the Nightriders surf, imaginative, rhythmic, and wonderful. The sax adds vintage flavor.

Roy Swedeen - Blue Surf dotdotdot
Blue Surf (Instrumental)

This is a big, modern combo surf rocker, with long guitar notes and keys filling in the space. great drums are the major signature, as well as Rod Piazza's harp and Jack Sessums' glissandos panning across that soundscape. Bluesy surf fun.

The Hollywood Tornadoes - Moon Dawg dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This starts out with the worst, most echoed imitation angry dog barks of any version of the Gamblers' hit. It's pretty darn fine, spirited, and crude. Even the harmonies are cool.

The Truants - The Truant dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the often mentioned obscuros. This progression based ripper features blinding pick action. It sports a major helping of high energy machine gun delivery. "The Truant" has been covered a number of times. The whammy dip chords are really cool!

The Truants - Sunset Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This single sports an intense throbbing vibratoed lead guitar playing a very slow and mean melody. This is like an evil version of the Viscounts without the sax. Dark, almost as brooding as The Centurions, and down right cool.