Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Mad Mike Monsters Volume 1dotdotdot
artworkSeven groovy instro on volume one, all but Calvin Cool being commonly compiled. The quality is pretty darn good.
Picks: Calvin Cool - El Tecolote, King Rock and the Knights - Send-Di

Track by Track Review


Calvin Cool - El Tecolote dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

This is a sort of not quite surf instrumental with a small amount of reverb and a basic riff played o guitar with a little distortion, which is not very up front. "El Tecolote" is a cool track, but is pretty repetitious. It's off the Calvin Cool and the Surf Knobs album. A great bass line opens "El Tecolote." The guitar plays a two-note riff that actually works OK. Fuzz and an unusual mix of styles keep this afloat.

Jimmy Heap and his Orchestra - Gismo dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Suzie Q" percussion and an archetypical fifties sax... if not for the beat, "Gismo" would be of no consequence at all.

The Instrumentals - Chop Suey Rock dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A sorta oriental riff and a basic fifties sound, with the sax in the lead and the piano pumping.

King Rock and the Knights - Send-Di dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

"Send-Di (Boss Part 2)" sounds like a cross between Lonnie Mack and Bo Diddley, with vibrato riffs and tribal beats. It has an optimistic throb, and while there's no melody, it's still pretty infectious. It's a pre-Travis Wammack warble effect playing a riff rockin' song with a catchy rhythm and warm sound, maybe even an exotic sound. This is likely the b-side to "Scandal." Zoom ZR-003 was reissued in 1966 as Zoom ZR-005 with "Send-Di" retitled "Send-Di (Boss Part 2)."

The Silvertones - Get It dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Like a weird frat party variation on the Charades Band's "Get It" with a strong to Barrett Strong's "Money" and not much more than a riff and tribal thunder accented by adolescent screams and chunky shouts of "Get It." Party down," and don't forget to wear white tonight." This is the b-side to "Bathsheba."

Scott Wood - Chicken Rock dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A nasty barnyard bad guy chicken bopper, with the gnarly sax and almost twangy guitar. The nearly "Surfin' Bird" vocal cries of "Rock" add a meanness to the piece.