Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: It's Monster Surfing Timedotdotdot
artworkThis bootleg CD couples two complete period albums from studio band the Deadly Ones with Joe South on guitar and writing some material, and Aki Aleong and the Nobles. Thankfully, Ali Aleong only sings on one track "Mary Ann (Come Surf With Me)" is insipid Polynesian surf pop weirdness.
Picks: It's Monster Surfing Time, Outer Limits Surf, There's A Creature In the Surfer's Lagoon, Surfin' Dockside, The Mad Drummer Part I, The Mad Drummer Part II, Raunchy, Rebel Rouser, The Moonlight Surfer, Help, Igor Goes Surfing, The Lone Surfer, Miserlou, Earthquake, Body Surf, Apache, Panic, Surf Beat, Pipeline, Torture, Gun and Surf, Hiawatha, Surf Rider

Track by Track Review

It's Monster Surfing Time dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is your basic R&B based instro, like a pale version of the Pacific Northwest Sound of 3-1/2 decades ago. The guitar twang is quite nice, but otherwise, it just tips it's hat to the Wailers, but does not come up to their standard.

Outer Limits Surf dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is your basic raspy sax R&B mean rock progression theme, set for a rumble, but free of any encumbrances associated with melody. There's a bunch of screaming and shouting, and fun is had by all.

There's A Creature In the Surfer's Lagoon dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

This short introductory spaghetti western theme is spiffy, to say the least. It sports the required Italian twang coupled with modern edge. It's all of 42 seconds long, but has a lasting and powerful attack.

Surfin' Dockside dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Merging modern guitar tones and Enio Morricone's penchant for women coral accompaniment, this fine short blast (1:32) is downright infectious. It's cowpoke rhythm and beat rolls right along, and the cool cactus sounds sneak right into your saddlebags without even a whimper. Fine track.

The Mad Drummer Part I dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

At fifty nine seconds, this doesn't leave you wanting more. Like an incidental bit from a pasta epic, it flows nicely, and has just enough coolness to make it work. Some drama, and twang jangle-twang guitar tones, mixed with light double picking create a nice balance.

The Mad Drummer Part II dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Super cowpoke fun, rampaging rhythms, and great plucking here. Melodic, infectious, and visual. You can almost smell the manure on the bottom of your shoe. Really fun track.

Raunchy dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

With a decidedly Austin sound, this blend of surf and pasta is very cool. It twangs, flows fluidly, and playfully whammies it's way into your consciousness. Infectious rhythms and melody line, and bright rich tones.

Rebel Rouser dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Pristine haunting sounds, distantly whining a mournful tune. The rhythm guitar is vibratoed, while the lead is like a lap steel carried on a warm summer breeze from far up the canyon. Slow and silky, and very hypnotic.

The Moonlight Surfer dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Intense cowchunk twang. This is entirely fun, vibrato cool, spaghetti sauce smooth, and very listenable. Big guitar twang, and a bunch of energy. very nice track.

Help dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

The lead guitar here is double picked, full bodied with round tones, but dry. Intense, chunky, and punchy. This melodic track is somewhat reminiscent of the Hollywood Surfers, but not as raw. Fine track.

Igor Goes Surfing dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Mid to slow tempo, vibratoed, intense, dramatic, and haunting. This is a solid track, with a great sound, and a fine balance between the lead and rhythm. Cool.

The Lone Surfer dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Vibrato twango long rider shimmering. The cactus needles and sunset campfire ethic are too visual. Very fine track.

Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty tame, though very competent rendition. It's down played from the usual version, with a more restrained delivery, depending more on the damped chords. Fine performance, with liquid glissandoes. The arrangement is mostly the Surfers Choice version.

Earthquake dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This fine tune was covered by the Surfaris. It is mean and vibrato laden, and uses echoplex string swipes to simulate the same sorts of sounds they used when they covered "Moon Dawg." It's a very rhythmic track, full of body and power. This band's output on Vee Jay should be released!

Body Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Body Surf" a boogie progression over a surf beat with chunky rhythms. It's not their best recording, yet it has a certain draw that makes it work really well. It's is a lesser tune from the album, fairly dry, simple progression based and quite rhythmic.

Apache dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an unusual version of "Apache." It sports a more chunky bed, with the surf treatment and spirit. It's restrained and damped, yet has a magnetic sound. Excellent. The arrangement is different enough to hold it apart from the crowd.

Panic dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Major chunk and grind as the Nobles grunt through a very "Surf Beat" inspired tune with screams and drive. High spirits, frat surf thunder, and lots of chemistry. very cool.

Surf Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf Beat" is majorly chunky. The lead is subdued somewhat, but the piano is very cool. The raspy sax is fine too. Excellent period surf.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

the Chantays' classic is played well, adapted to their sound, and richly textured. The glissandoes are a played with the reverb short and tight, giving them a unique sound. Nice version.

Torture dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fendermen's classic B-side is given the surf treatment to fine effect. It's chunkier than the original, but the classic Fender sound of the the Minneapolis originators is retained, punctuated with bass and drums. Very nice.

Gun and Surf dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" morphed in the key of reverb, with chunk, whammy, plinky piano, and an infectious mid tempo pace. Excellent.

Hiawatha dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well, this is it. The Nobles adapted the Hamms' beer commercial jingle ("From The Land Of Sky Blue Water") into a monster surf anthem. The Surfaris covered it to great effect. This is simply essential surf. Chunky, rhythmic, understated, tom tom driven, and without a doubt, magnetic. Excellent! This is the track that shows why Ron Wilson thought this was the best surf band around.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slightly chunked up version of the Lively Ones cover of the Ventures... it's a long trip, but worth the time. The Nobles replace the beauty of the Lively Ones with chunk, and the dry charm of the Ventures with damped reverb. Very nice indeed.