Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Instro Mania Volume 2
|Gee Dee Records of Germany has issued the second volume in this series. More cool pix and liner notes. I think this is a better package, more rock oriented, and more solid tracks. A good bet for rock instros, though not much surf.|
Picks: Mark Evans - Rolling Like A Stone, Jeff Jackson and his Explorers - Black River Jump, Ave Maria Mexicana, The Electronics - On A Persian Market, Hay Quien Dice de Jean, The Starfighters - Starfighters Theme, The Blue Rhythms - The Third Man Theme, La Danza De Zorba, Spanish Gypsy Dance, The Scotch, La Mamma, The Moon Riders - Moon Beat, Moon Fever, Il Mondo, Tea, The Rascals - Walk, Don't Run, Ein Schiff Wird Kommen
Track by Track Review
Mark Evans - Rolling Like A Stone
This is a quirky sorta spy-at-the-lounge tune, fitting for a mermaid or a shoe salesman in Des Moines. Playful, strait from the yellow fin heart. Inebriating.
Jeff Jackson and his Explorers - Black River Jump
Link Wray's most covered composition. This is a fairly strait cover of the album version, with big guitar ringing edge, and a slightly fast performance. Cut's concrete without a blade. Boss intense performance, thick twin guitar attack, and great.
Jeff Jackson and his Explorers - Ave Maria Mexicana
Dick Dale's first surf-named tune, churned out with all the chunk and pump required. The grindy damped guitars give this a unique sound, and keep it from being just another cover. Thick, layered surf grind.
Jeff Jackson and his Explorers - Melancholie
Like the Shadows drifting moody sounds, well done but not a standout.
The Electronics - On A Persian Market
This is a cool track, double picked over a screaming femme vox, and quite dramatic. Not as melodic as I'd like, but intensely delivered. Slightly middle eastern, largely scary. The contrast between the Bedouin ethic and the edgy guitar is interesting.
The Electronics - Hay Quien Dice de Jean
Like a toned down "99th Wave" (Surf Trio), this seems to fly about, grinding out a nightmare ride at Sewer Peak. It's not quite as melodic or powerful as "99th Wave," but it sure is swell. High energy knife edge wave ride sounds.
The Starfighters - Starfighters Theme
Named for Dick Dale's offspring lad Jimmy, this is a very tribal surf beat chunkmeister. Double picked, aggressive, slightly melodic, and backed by whoops and hollers from the bandmates. Solid track.
The Blue Rhythms - The Third Man Theme
Opening with the sort of postmodern drama that The Mallards' "Tsunami" used, this is a fine composite of twang, mad cow disease, and a Dick Dale roller coaster ride. It's dissonant, edgy, and shredzzzz with mean power.
The Electronics - La Danza De Zorba
The almost silly scream opener quickly yields to a nearly discordant performance, reminiscent of the Not Moving version from the Strange Doll ep. A similarly uncomfortable soundscape, with demented tension. Who can overcome Ron Wilson's magnificent drums?
The Blue Rhythms - Spanish Gypsy Dance
Flamenco twango, "Malegueña" flourishes, and enticing sound. This is one fine track, entertaining and engaging. More dramatic than the Trashmen, and much more delicate. Hot stuff.
The Blue Rhythms - The Scotch
This is a fine slow evil Henry Mancini power trip, dark, moody, and relentlessly cool. It lumbers along, like an alien slime flowing through the underworld on it's way to your house. In a word, it's BIG!
Jeff Jackson and his Explorers - La Mamma
Chimes of time running out, imminent danger, thick brooding scowls, and an industrial swamp. It's all about tone and sound, not melody. It's also quite strong. Mid-tune, there's a narrative about how awful it is to run out of tonic. Pretty funny.
The Moon Riders - Moon Beat
Near Surf (Instrumental)
The Moon Riders were from Hessen, Germany. Their name comes from guitarist Christian Monstein's name, Moonstone in English. This is plucky cool. Using some mighty high notes and reverb, maybe even some behind the bridge playing. The damped super-high notes a la the Citations' "Moon Race" are splendid. It's a silly little thing, with a magnetic playful melody and delightful arrangement.
The Moon Riders - Moon Fever
Sumptuous atmospheric reverb, a semi industrial guitar tone, a bovine feel, and a long droning groan. There are parts that hint of the Chocolate Watchband's "One Step Beyond." Pretty nifty.
The Electronics - Il Mondo
Employing an overused bass-rhythm guitar riff, a bunch of surf whammy, and a jam structure, this is a mean track, in the spirit of the Novas' "The Crusher," but slower and more menacing. The nasty sax break is classic rock growl.
Double picked guitar, thundering drums, moody minor key riffs, and a weird swirling organ behind a sorta middle eastern melody. The contrast between the mall organ and the surf growl is quite odd, like Bruno & the Gladiators to the n'th degree.
The Moon Riders - Moon Dance
Cheesy organ and super fuzz bass, and who knows what else. It seems to be a parody of club R&B instro filler, a la the Bill Black Combo.
The Moon Riders - Moon Riders
This instro el cheapo is just a 1965 style club jam, with future Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington letting loose with some pretty lame drums and a bunch of "ahh" and "ooh" utterances. lame is too kind. He'll do better next time, 'cuz he couldn't do much worse.
The Rascals - Walk, Don't Run
This Mummies cover has been thoroughly taken over by the ladies of the cannery. Their boss interpretation removes all the gauze, exposing the reverb wrapped within all these millennia. melodic, slightly Polynesian, and a bit shaped by "Stephanie Miller Has Sand Crabs." Spiffy.
The Rascals - Ein Schiff Wird Kommen
The Surfaris follow up single to "Wipe Out," with loving excuses to Ron Wilson, and a nod to Jim Fuller. A bunch of spirit, a mess of tom toms, and some really fine warm surf twang. Nearly all the notes are there, and riot girl screams replace those that were accidentally left at home. 'Taint no better interpretation than one that says "this is MINE," as we hear here. Scrumptious.