Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Locked In 2dotdot
artworkVolume 2 brings more really great performances hidden under inadequate recordings, but some are so strong, that it's worth wading through the trash sound anyway. 20 tracks from 20 bands, and for pretty cheap too!
Picks: Ripcurl, Depth Charge, Miserlou, Introducing The Inscrutable Panasonics, Jungle Thunder, RP600, Shake Your Hoover, Ricky (Get Off That Board), Hangover, Sleazeball, Bikini Drag, Whatcha Say?, The Eliminator, Down I-5, Death Ray, The Astronaut, Joe's Shuffle, Black Ta Fade, Snake Charmer, Branded

Track by Track Review


Ripcurl dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rip Curl is a cool and fiery, and utterly inspired garage surf instro. Lots of intense energy and fast double picking.

Depth Charge dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Depth Charge" is little more than a riff-surf rhythm backtrack with organ. On the gloomy side, and distantly thunderous.

Miserlou dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A somewhat flawed performance, though Elka flies around her guitar like the madwoman she is, and her band almost keeps up. Infectious surf trash.

Introducing The Inscrutable Panasonics dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Mr. Pan is totally killer on this great tune, despite being little more than a trite Japanese stereotype. This track is fast, with what might be described as a stereotype oriental rock melody line, with glissandoes added and plenty of flair. Great performance!

Jungle Thunder dot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Jungle Thunder" is very murky and riffy, to the pint of being completely dismissible.

RP600
Garage (Instrumental)

Can you spell a-w-f-u-l? Yikes, what murky mung. Even if there is a song in there, the sound is so dreadful that it's really hard to tell.

Shake Your Hoover dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Distorted and overdriven fiery performance from the Apemen... totally horrid sound.

Ricky (Get Off That Board) dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lo brow murk waiting for a melody to drive by. Combo organ and an endless guitar progression.

Hangover dotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Sometimes the Waistcoats really rock. This unmemorable and undeveloped instro is not one of those times. Chunky and rhythmic.

Sleazeball dot
R&B Sleaze (Instrumental)

"Sleazeball" is an R&B sleazoid ho-hum runway jam.

Bikini Drag dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A great performance almost buried in the muddy sound. Little of the fire makes it to the surface. It's like listening to the Pyramids play across the street in a barrel with ear plugs.

Whatcha Say? dotdotdot
Riff Rock (Instrumental)

Driven riff rock, just slightly up from a back track to a Liverpool '63 beat band backtrack. It has that fire and edge, but isn't quite melodic enough to hold up.

The Eliminator dotdotdot
Sax (Instrumental)

A much too long sampled drag racing bit introduces a surf riff tune with little of the power suggested by the intro. It's a good riff, melodic enough to hold attention. Lots of energy.

Down I-5 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Early work from Eugene's number one surf monsters. The demo sound detracts some from the delivery, but the band carries it off anyway. Very infectious. The murky sound has somehow not bothered me much with this track.

Death Ray dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Just the slightest variation on Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Surf Beat" recorded in craporama sound, leaving much to be desired. Derivative, trashy, and yet fiery.

The Astronaut dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a fiery performance of a straight rendition of Jim Messina and The Jesters' "The Cossack." It's got the punch and low down surf reverb, but the lack of highs and murky recording takes away some of the spunk.

Joe's Shuffle dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

Is this a Fireballs song? It's quite cool in its minimal way. Not really a melody, just a bunch of fun twang.

Black Ta Fade
Surf (Instrumental)

Mung on disc, trashy drums, ugly screams, and a distant band. Adolescent noise.

Snake Charmer dotdot
Jungle (Instrumental)

An interesting jungle rock semi surf number with an infectious beat. Way too repetitious, but also kinda cool.

Branded
Rock (Instrumental)

Incredibly amateur and gawd-awful treatment of Link Wray's tune. This is just about thee most distorted recording I've ever heard on record, except for a single on a KADO label called "Wild."