Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Locked In To Surf Part 2dotdot
artworkThe second in Baldy's series on CD, with more lo-fi rock and surf instros. About like volume one, full of crappy sound and amateur performances, and in a few cases, hidden gems.
Picks: Shark Bait, Mururoa, Ginsters A Go Go!, The Intruder, Badlands, The Curse Of The Mummies Tooth, Tie Kiro Mucho Mucho Mas, Mustang, Maigret Fait Du Surf, Point Zero, Ripcurl, Miserlou, Bikini Drag, The Eliminator, Death Ray, Black Ta Fade, Snake Charmer, Branded, Counterpoint, Man Taken From Guts, Time Bomb, Border Beat, Taxi, Velocity Stacks, Aida

Track by Track Review


Shark Bait dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fiery and a bit melodic - mostly a progression oriented number. It has some Dick Dale-ish sound. It's not very good quality sound, but and it's pretty riffy, yet it has a certain power charm and splash about it.

Mururoa dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Aggro fuzz instro assault... riff rock mostly, but with major drive and edge, and double picked guitar rage. It's like a shortboard day on the storm break. Not really very surfy, but very aggressive.

Ginsters A Go Go! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a great hard drivin' surf track, with intense fire and surfability, and manageable sound. "Ginsters A Go Go" fires an unending barrage of reverb splash. A fine riff and big time dangerous tubes.

The Intruder dotdotdot
Mood Surf (Instrumental)

This is an oddly interesting mood piece, though the somewhat muddy sound makes it hard to really get hooked into. Still, there's something sort of enticing going on here.

Badlands dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark garage surf mung recorded with the boombox too close... all distorted and ugly. Under the trashed sound lies a decent surf riff and what might be a good performance.

The Curse Of The Mummies Tooth dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mostly just gimmicky, though the melody is quite workable. The miserable sound hides much of the performance.

Tie Kiro Mucho Mucho Mas
Rock (Instrumental)

This is simply the thinnest tinniest sound I've heard in ages. Pure crappola, and the tune, well it's just riff rock noise too. Sorry, but this is not worth a spin.

Mustang dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Link Wray's "Mustang" ominous song presented in poorly recorded sound, yet kinda cool. Mean and relentless, a little surfy and a little grodie.

Maigret Fait Du Surf dotdotdot
Euro (Instrumental)

Euro instro fare, with a touch of reverb and a micro splash. Bouncy, but under developed.

Point Zero dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The organ and the guitar trade licks hoping one will come across as melodic. It's a riff rocker with reverbed guitar rhythm, bordering on surf, but not really having the feel.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Counterpoint dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Riff surf, played with lots of energy, but recorded in indistinct stereo sound. Dismissible.

Man Taken From Guts dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big fuzz rock instro with hidden charm beneath the tin sound. Intense whammy and powerful tribal drums.

Time Bomb dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a decent performance of the Avengers VI's "Time Bomb." Quite true to the original arrangement, but murkily reproduced.

Border Beat dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Lo-fi fuzz riff rock, frat to the max, with nothing memorable happening.

Taxi dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Riff rockin' jam fare, with shouts and spirit, but no melody.

Velocity Stacks dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Pretty infectious riff rockin' surf and trash in a fifties instro style, played with abandon and flair. Way fun, though murky.

Aida dot
Sax (Instrumental)

So close to "Night Train" that it's likely to collide head on. Uninteresting and derivative.