Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Kim Fowley - Lost Treasures From The Vaults 1959-69 Volume Two - Another Man's Gold
|There's more of the same on volume two, with some extra cool stuff like The U. S. Rockets' "March of the Siamese Children," as well as a pile of the merely obscure.|
Picks: The Daywins - Heartbeat, The Gamblers - Teen Machine, Aston Martin and the Moon Discs - Fallout, The Renegades - Geronimo, The U. S. Rockets - March of the Siamese Children
Track by Track Review
This is an aggressive riff rocker with a catchy country reel , cool guitar work, and great drums. "Heartbeat" is all small label energy and real rock'n'roll fun.
The Gamblers - Teen Machine
Speaking of the Gamblers, this is a follow-on to 1961's "Moon Dawg" c/w "LSD-25." The drummer on this session is Mel Taylor just before he joined the Ventures. It's a cheesy organ dominated piece, not even remotely similar to "Moon Dawg" in style. The lead guitar employs a pretty intense tone for 1961.
Aston Martin and the Moon Discs - Fallout
August 1961 was the release date for this single. It is more surfy that the Ventures, though certainly influenced by them. Considering it was released the same month as Dick Dale's "Let's Go Trippin'," it's quite surfy and perfectly poised to help define that transitional period between the Belairs' Mr. Moto" and "Miserlou." This presurf watery tune was cut by a Texas band, and licensed out by Kim Fowley. It's quite fluid, and Spanish influenced, with Fireballs style damped plucking as well as whammy and round full guitar tone.
This 1959 track came out of the same Hollywood studio regulars that were the Gamblers and so many others. Nick Venet (before becoming a famous session producer) , Sandy Nelson (while he still had two feet), Bruce Johnston (before joining the Beach Boys to replace David Marks) and Richie Podolor (before being Richie Allen and the Pacific Surfers, the Devons, the Super Stocks, the Ghouls, before engineering for Ed Cobb at the Chocolate Watchband sessions, and before producing Steppenwolf and founding American Recording). It's a perfect upper Midwest buffalo bop styled instro... a basic riff and lots of Indian stereo types... whoops and hollers, gun shots, and dull cries of "Geronimo" Very fun. "Geronimo" was included in the soundtrack to "The Ghost Of Dragstrip Hollow."
The Renegades - Ghost Train
Aside from its obscurity, this is really not more than a jam with chants. "Ghost Train" is modestly rockin', but it never really launches.
The U. S. Rockets - March of the Siamese Children
A big gong opens this ultra cool surf interpretation of the theme to the South Bank Show, and originally from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. Fine Fender tone and reverb, along with liquid playing and a simple but very affective arrangement.