Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Memphis Rockabillies, Hillbillies and Honky Tonkers, Vol 4dotdotdot
artworkVolume four of the Memphis Rockabillies, Hillbillies and Honky Tonkers series includes six instros with only tangential surf references.
Picks: Le Sabres - Summer Nights

Track by Track Review


The Rebel Rousers - Night Surfing dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Title aside, "Night Surfing" is a rock jam with organ lead on some verses, and southern guitar on others, and a low brow sax on the rest. The drums roll and guitar in the break is very cool, though.

The Rebel Rousers - The Zombie Walks dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This sax rocker is raspy and slightly dangerous. The guitar lines are almost surfy at times. "The Zombie Walks" lies between classic Memphis studio soul jam and rock instro.

The Rebel Rousers - Rockin' On Union dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Some very tasteful guitar licks punctuate this sax instro. "Rockin' On Union" is slightly more than a studio jam, but doesn't stick in ram.

The Rebel Rousers - Thunder dot
Instrumental Rock (Instrumental)

"Thunder" is a slow moving sax and organ number that really wants to be Booker T. and the MG's, but doesn't even get inside the city limits.

Le Sabres - Rising Mercury Twist dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Rising Mercury Twist" is jam with some cool piano in the middle, but otherwise, it never reaches beyond a jam.

Le Sabres - Summer Nights dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Fifties slow dance sound and style, with a cool and simple melody line. "Summer Nights" is a very nice track for an after midnight stroll. The sax is cool in a vintage way, and the chorus is subdued enough to not be annoying.