Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: It Came From The Garage (Nuggets From Southern California)dotdotdot
artworkAside from the slab of garage grooves n this set culled from the Downey vaults, four instros are day-lighted after many years of obscurity. Pat and the Californians' Bad is perhaps the most interesting.
Picks: Pat and the Californians - Bad, The Rumblers - Clap Hands

Track by Track Review


Pat and the Californians - Bad dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reverbed big chord riff surf, with excellent drums and a stomp mentality. The sax break is more frat than surf, but the rest is intense and rhythmic. "Bad" isn't a great lost surf raver, but it's a fun track with a relentless progression, dirty sax, and very cool drums.

The Rumblers - Clap Hands dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Grode and slightly dark, "Clap Hands" is a progression honker as only The Rumblers could do, creating interest and edge with very little actually going on. It makes your head nod back and forth.

Sir Frog and the Toads - The Frog dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

While not exactly an instro, the vocals are limited to what is essentially a chorus singing "do the frog," so that in mind... "The Frog" has little confuse with melody. There's a dirty fuzz guitar wanking away, and a basic rhythm track cycling. There is a ringing near-surf tone verse employed at the end. It doesn't compel a second listen.

The Sunday Group - Pink Grapes dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Pink Grapes" is an organ based instro inspired by the Stax-Volt house band, Booker T. and the MG's. It's an OK track, but nothing that will capture your imagination.