Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Locos Intrumentales Around The World!!dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is a wonderful set of instro tracks from all over the globe. Some tracks have seen release before, while others are heard for the first time. Likewise, some of these bands debut on this CD. Lost of great surf and garage instro tracks to drool over.
Picks: The Spider, Rod's Brain, Mexican Courage, Juanita, Las Calaveras del Justicio (El Regreso), Jinete Sin Cabeza, Mandalore, Bluff Failure, Santo Had A Hot Rod, Calypso Voodoo, Klezmeil Queen of Swamp, Slot Car Racer, Bela's Theme (I Never Drink... Wine), El Cruncho, Timba Am Gaya, Highball Holiday, Weird On The Moon, 5000 Light Years Away From Digit Zero, TripleXpresso, Invasion Of The Bikini Men, Signor Link, Moondawg, Jutta Aus Kalkutta, 7 Veils A Go Go, Suez Canal Affair

Track by Track Review

The Spider dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

"The Spider" starts off slow and easy, but quickly launches into a thick swirl of chords and double picked frenzy. Very adventurous and refreshing.

Rod's Brain dotdotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

Mark Brodie's band the Metalunas always create interesting songs. "Rod's Brain" is a moody surf grumbler with a thumpy grumbly backtrack. The dark double picked lead lines speak of spies and the uneasiness of sci-fi trouble. A very cool track!

Mexican Courage dotdotdotdot
Crunchy Surf (Instrumental)

Glissandos and raw edge, with vibrato danger and organ moodiness. "Mexican Courage" is a cool song with a simple melody riff that's very effective. It may not be a rager, but it is rhythmic and captivating.

Juanita dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Elusive Spanish mysteries float on a reverb cloud in "Juanita." Pretty, distant, emotional, sad, and soothing in a teary-eyed way.

Las Calaveras del Justicio (El Regreso) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big vibrato throb and a darkened mood... "Las Calaveras del Justico" is a fine moody track with a cautious optimism lurking in the reverb. Drama and a solid backtrack support a fine instrumental with a cautiously optimistic sound. The melody is very good, and the imagery quite obvious. The sight of a bay below the cliff-top vantage point's green grass puts many things in perspective. The melody riff may be dark, but it's also fluid and very enjoyable. An excellent track!

Jinete Sin Cabeza dotdotdotdotdot
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)

"Jinete Sin Cabeza" has an almost Henry Mancini feel to it, with the kind of galloping rhythm guitar reserved for cowboy epics. Catchy and open road rambling, its optimism is slightly guarded as the horses whinny and the hooves pound the pavement. Very cool!

Mandalore dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big drums herald the lure of huge waves that should be seen and not ridden. Fast and darting like a near-death ride at Mavericks. Tuff and shimmering.

Bluff Failure dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well now, this is nice. Pretty without being soft, ringing with distortion, and tribal without being trite. "Bluff Failure" is quite an adventure in uncharted environs where tourists never go. Lots of style and engaging changes.

Santo Had A Hot Rod dotdotdotdot
Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Screamin' into a rockin' dry surf jam, Sr. Bikini demonstrate a disposition for the trio sound. Lots of spunk and drive! the riff is simple and more rock or spy than surf, yet there are just enough hints of the brine to make it ride the crest!

Calypso Voodoo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vibrato lead guitar throbs over the top of a calypso rhythm guitar in this two guitar exercise. Lots of energy and a catchy vibe, with a haunting progression. "Calypso Voodoo" is quite cool!

Klezmeil Queen of Swamp dotdotdot
Frat Klezmer (Instrumental)

The organ gurgles like a sick puppy as the undulating Klezmer beat pumps behind. Not just disturbed, but down right unnerving, yet attractive as if you can't turn away. Quite interesting.

Slot Car Racer dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A slow bluesy intro fades in, but then, from a stop, it launches into a monster Dick Dale-ish big guitar twang. Spectacular power and thick sound pump up double picked leads and dramatic arranging. Really cool!

Bela's Theme (I Never Drink... Wine) dotdotdotdot
Horror Rock (Instrumental)

Punkoidal garage edge and beat, with a circular riff rock center. The endlessly pulsing vibrato drone of the second guitar is quite eerie, giving "Bela's Theme (I Never Drink... Wine)" a wholly unique sound. Great track!

El Cruncho dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Eddie Angel brings his edgy guitar to the Rock-A-Hulas for a drive around Twang Lake on a dangerous night. Haunting and graveyard spooky, "El Cruncho" is a rockin' intro for a late night venture into the last hotel.

Timba Am Gaya dotdotdotdot
Tropical Inversion (Instrumental)

Vibrato throb shimmers the moodiness of "Timba Am Gaya" with exotica tropical inversions. More or less a riffy progression, yet very cool! It's dramatic and dangerous, and full of film score bigness. Raspy horns, splashy guitar, and tropical percussion, all in a mean lumbering setting.

Highball Holiday dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is rhythmic and rich, in a pure surf arrangement. The melody is optimistic and very cool. "Highball Holiday" sports great whammy and a sense of "Telstar" on the waves. Fine track.

Weird On The Moon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big surf twang adventure with a nearly cowboy melody and Theremin weirdness. Grumbly and reverb powered, with lots of flair and fun. very rhythm oriented, with a tight little lead riff.

5000 Light Years Away From Digit Zero dotdotdotdot
Space (Instrumental)

Ooh - eerie and disquieting guitar with a "Batman" on acid urgency and angular thrash. More or less heavy, with dark imagery. "5000 Light Years Away From Digit Zero" is on the slower and more dramatic side, and quite grating, in the good way.

TripleXpresso dotdotdot
Go-Go Groove (Instrumental)

Thick fuzz, drum thunder, bass grumble, and organ whirl. Circular and slightly exotic, the track meanders through a relentless progression. Changing dynamics keep it from being repetitious. The tribal bridges are the best part.

Invasion Of The Bikini Men dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

The Bikini Men drive a trashy garage riff with harsh glissandoes, and a circular surf melody line. "Invasion Of The Bikini Men" employs significant surfability in a garage vein. Tuff and cool.

Signor Link dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

What would happen if Link Wray wrote Pushin' "Too Hard?" "Signor Link" answers the question. Big fuzzy fast and way cool in a weird sorta tribute way. The insane guitar effects and extra crunch make this a real battle zone for guitars.

Moondawg dotdotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

The Coffin Daggers rock the crap outta the Derry Weaver's earliest work. Where the Gamblers relied on intense rhythm, these guys rely on dark garage edge. The arrangement is very powerful and effective.

Jutta Aus Kalkutta dotdotdotdot
Quasi Surf (Instrumental)

"Jutta Aus Kalkutta" reminds me a little of a Kraan song gone awry. The rhythm guitar jangles an infectious rhythm, the chorus suggests fifties pop, the heavy guitar parts offset the delicate floaty leads. It's quite a nice track!

7 Veils A Go Go dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Middle eastern oasis scenes leak from every corner of the tent as "7 Veils a Go Go" floats across the sands. The choppy break counters the desert air with a mechanized urban feel. Great percussion counters the guitar lines. Very cool.

Suez Canal Affair dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A bass line opens as cautious shimmer and feedback slithers across sundown waterways. In the distance, fins and feminine forms... this is a really good track, with a pretty melody and very nice production. The midsection is a faster more rock thing with a strong rhythm that yields back to surf with a different feel. Excellent!