Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Minnesota Rock-A-Billy-Rock Vol. 2dotdotdot
artworkThis collection from the White Label sports 6 instros, most of which rate a surfable spin. All quite obscure vintage fifties and sixties instros from Minnesota.
Picks: Driftin', Watch Your Step, Wild Party, The Bash, Guitar Boogie, Flyin' High

Track by Track Review

Driftin' dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Driftin'" is a riff rockin' post boogie progression. slightly twangy and somewhat gutty, but not very interesting.

Watch Your Step dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Hard rockin' riff dominated rock and roll just waitin' for some reverb to take it into the surf. This riff has been used for several instros. In the surf instro world, it's the riff behind the "Ski Storm" (Snow Men a.k.a. Sunrays). Which came first is anybody's guess, but from a tone and sound point of view, "Watch Your Step" probably predates "Ski Storm."

Wild Party dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Primitive riff rock with twang and a little edge. Semi melodic, but much past the second verse, it gets pretty repetitive.

The Bash dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Strongly based on "Peter Gunn," this is a raw dockside rumbler, with a future in the tubes. "The Bash" is splashy and raucous, with a pre surf drive and edge. Somewhat in the Midwest rail road instro vein, yet menacing. An echoed bass carries the "Peter Gunn" riff. Sid King and the String Kings were a precursor to the Trashmen.

Guitar Boogie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

As you might expect, this is your basic walking guitar boogie, and it's not up to the hookiness of "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" (Virtues). Restrained and kinda suave, in a barnyard sorta way.

Flyin' High dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

It may be riff rock, but it's so full of spunk and sports such great drums that it doesn't matter. You won't be whistlin' it any time soon, but you'll grin nonetheless. Hot stuff!