Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Let's Go Instrodotdotdot
artwork32 wild and crazy instros reside here. Most if not all are from vinyl sources. Some surf, but mostly rock 'n' roll and rockabilly. As always, the White Label collects an amazing cross section of ultra obscure tracks.
Picks: Out Front, Love Riot Bob, Skateboard, Let's Go, Theme From T. C., Swampwater, Count Down, Breakthrough, Abstract Limited, Rock-A Ma-Role, Rawhide 1965, Jumpin' Jivin' Chord Progression, Orange Blossom Special, Wham, Surfer's Charge, Jaguar, Blue Feeling, That's It, Drum Dog, Walking Fast, What's Up, Gun and Surf, Hiawatha, Electra, Yellow Jacket, Downhill, Turmoil, Scroungy Man, The Party Stomp, Inkster Boogie, Rasin, Trying

Track by Track Review


Out Front dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Sandells became the Sandals at the same time they recorded the soundtrack to Endless Summer. "Out Front" is a simple riff rock tune, with reverby guitar licks and plinky piano, accented with hot rod sounds. It's a fairly pedestrian track, but it does have it's historical place. Issued as the B-side of "Scrambler" in 1964.

Love Riot Bob dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool garagie surf guitar, a dry riff rockin' fifties style backtrack, and quite a bit of spirit are found here. It's not melodic, but it has a catchy sound to it, like a sped up "Tall Cool One." It is actually called "Love Riot" and was on Bobby 2004 in 1966.

Skateboard dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This has a sound somewhat like a demo version of Manuel and the Renegades, so maybe the name is just a misspelling. In any event, it's not as poundy and "Rev Up," but it rocks solidly and sports a cool piano break, plus a solid sax lead. Previously unreleased.

Let's Go dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This honkin' squankin' sax number is right outta the fifties, with a simple little riff and pumped rockabilly drums. Very fun.

Theme From T. C. dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Theme From T. C." uses the same rhythm pattern as Johnny and the Hurricanes' "Beatnik Fly" in the opener. It's a jam, mostly a riff. Typical rockabilly stuff.

Swampwater dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Cool and plenty rockin' riffabilly, with a saucy sax and a feel of the Midwest B-sides. Infectious despite the lack of melody. From 1960.

Count Down dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Judging from the sound, this is not the same band that did "Surfin' Anniversary." This is a mild rockabilly instro jam, set apart only by the cool piano verse. From 1960.

Breakthrough dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a semi quirky spirited show number. It has plenty of pizzazz, but not much melody. It is a stomp-oriented number that rocks, and is quite fun.

Abstract Limited dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The bass and drums rise into a rhythm like a train leaving the station. The muddy sound hides a driven instro, though it is mostly just a rhythm with some accents and a jam lead. Major hard drumming. From 1963.

Rock-A Ma-Role dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A rockabilly jam, nasty R&B based, twangy guitar, and a riff. The walking bass line defines the period. Lots of energy and a fine raspy sax break. This was issued in 1959. The sleeve lists the title as "Rockamarole."

Rawhide 1965 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Link Wray's tune is played with a surf reverb guitar and a dry rhythm with really fine driven drums. I don't know the date of this, but it sounds like maybe 1965. This band also released singles under the name the Roulettes ("Surfer's Charge" aka "Invasion"). The sleeve lists the title as "Rawhide."

Jumpin' Jivin' Chord Progression dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a rockin' raw garage romp sax lead number. It's entirely non-melodic, but has a sorta "Brontosaurus Stomp" feel about it in places. This is the B-side to "Rawhide 1965."

Orange Blossom Special dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This muddy rearrangement of "Orange Blossom Special" is a rockin' romp. It drives hard, with guitar-lap steel duet lead instead of fiddle, and a mess of power. This musta been a thundering track on studio monitors. Very cool. The two guitars border on surf, with both double picked. Cool kettle drums too.

Wham dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is not the Lonnie Mack tune. It's a country bar romp with R&B roots.

Surfer's Charge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surfer's Charge" is heavily rhythm dependent. The rhythm is reverbed, with extreme room reverb on the hand claps. The track is mostly just a riff, but the use of slowed real room echo on the hand claps is an innovative mechanical and creative pre-Quadraverb production effect, not widely used. The Roulettes were really the Invaders. This was originally called "Invasion." This is a subsequent single release.

Jaguar dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

A fifties boogie kinda tune from a band that did several surf singles. This 1962 single does use reverbed guitar, but it's not a lead instrument, though the "Moovin' and Groovin'" licks are there. Mostly rhythm.

Blue Feeling dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

"Blue Feeling" is a little more surfy, but it is also a blues jam mostly with reverb guitar. boogie till you drop.

That's It dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a jammin' log cabin bar kinda tune, with excellent piano and ambient sound. It's OK, but it doesn't stick to the gray matter.

Drum Dog dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a harsh rocker, a jam with an attitude, a distortion guitar that sounds like it uses the Bo Diddley knife slit trick for the effect. It's quite a driver, with a very simple riff and a lot of energy. A walking boogie for the chillun.

Walking Fast dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This progression piece has lots of energy and edge, but without a melody, it lacks focus. The electric piano is cool.

What's Up dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This 1961 single borders on surf, with a "Torquay" riff and some reverb. It's infectious and fun, like maybe a Fireballs outtake. Even the reverbed hand claps give it that Norman Petty feel. Fun and worth a spin.

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.

Electra dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a muddy R&B groover with a piano lead plink way up near number 88. The band is not what you'd mistake for tight, but they were certainly having fun.

Yellow Jacket dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very crude cover of the Ventures' tune, probably the other side of "Electra." Muddy, definitely garage, maybe even sub-frat. You can smell the oil on the floor.

Downhill dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf riff based twang, churning with the drums down the hall. The lead guitar is both reverbed and echoed, and the riff is definitely surfable.

Turmoil dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a 1965 single with a post surf feel, low-E guitar, slight reverb, and go-go drums. The riff is serviceable, and the band is loose to say the least. Still, it's like stepping into a garage in a San Jose suburb.

Scroungy Man dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The B-side of "Hot Sake," this beatnik rocker is spiced with band shouts of ""Scroungy Man"" and lively bluesy jammin' guitar. There's lots of energy, and that Las Vegas Grind feel.

The Party Stomp dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"The Party Stomp" is just what you might guess, a party stomp destined for alcohol drenched frat parties. Nothing special here. This band issued three singles between '62 and '65. This was the middle one. You guess the year.

Inkster Boogie dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is the B-side to "The Party Stomp." It's on the B-side because it's even less interesting. A fifties jammin' boogie.

Rasin dotdotdot
R&B Surf Bar Brawl (Instrumental)

So, who the hell are Rasin? This is a previously unreleased track from what sounds like the early sixties because of the reverbed second guitar, but the style is R&B sax bar brawl. Quite cool.

Trying dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This previously unreleased track sounds like it's from an acetate. It's "Wipe Out" (Surfaris) less the obligatory drummage, so that should at least partly date it. It's very murky, and the band sounds like they are in rehearsal and playing quite sloppily, but then it's surely nothing more than a demo. That must be why it's called "Trying," 'cuz they sure don't make it. Still, it does bring a grin.