Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Minnesota Rock-A-Billy Rock Vol. 5dotdotdotdot
artworkEleven great Midwest instros grace this compilation, including both original versions of "Minor Chaos!" Among the vocals are a couple of gems worth noting, Diviny James tuff version of "That's All Right Mama," the surf guitar backed "Little Marlene" from the Jades, and four sides from the legendary Augie Garcia, the man that Elvis' manager wouldn't allow to open for the King 'cuz he was just too vivacious to follow. That's Augie on the cover in his trademark shorts!
Picks: Easy Rhythm, Buggin' The Boogie, Voo Doo, Rockin' The Blues, Arabian Caravan, Haunted By Reputation, Minor Chaos, Black Rock, Mr. Fortune, Congo Bongo, Minor Chaos

Track by Track Review


Easy Rhythm dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is a moody vibrato throbber with echoes drums a la fifties b-sides. It's much more than that, though. "Easy Rhythm" is a pre surf brooder in the best sense. dark riff rockin' almost morose twang and piano plinkery. Groovy!

Buggin' The Boogie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Delricos throb a dark boogie woogie on vibrato guitar. More than a jam, but aside from the evil throb, not particularly interesting.

Voo Doo dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

The throbbing vibrato rings out a fine instro that's not far from the riff and feel of Nils Lofgren's live take on "Goin' Back." It's an infectious riff and rhythm, all decked out in trashy vibrato and real rock 'n' roll ethics. Even the piano is vibratoed! Great stuff!

Rockin' The Blues dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a basic raw sax blues jam in a rock format. Aside from the clapping bridges, it's a riff rocker with a nasty edge and little melody. Primal intro rock 'n' roll.

Arabian Caravan dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Voodoo vibrato guitar and plinky piano tell a tale of sensuality on the Arabian Peninsula. More or less a riff, yet hypnotic and primal. Very cool!

Haunted By Reputation dotdotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Overdone 15 ips tape echo drenches a riff rocker in just enough weirdness, especially with the ultra cool vibraphone verses. Tuff track.

Minor Chaos dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This 1964 release is one of the GREAT surf obscuros. The Treasures called Fargo, North Dakota home, and shunned the surf label, seeing it as limiting. They employed Gretch hollow body guitars for a more gutty sound. "Minor Chaos" is melodic, powerful, and rhythmic. The drums are spectacular, and the melody is strong. This is an essential surf monster. This is credited to Treasures guitarist Paul Hubbard, but the Steve Rowe and the Furys release of the same song credits Steve Rowe as the writer. It's a surf instro who done it. Paul says they co-wrote it, and it developed in various bands they both shared.

Black Rock dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This nearly surf romper is a rockin' example of the space between the end of the fifties and the beginning of surf. Manic double picking and chamber reverb. A fast and furious bash! Excellent!

Mr. Fortune dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Again on the verge of surf, the 5 Spots romp through a rich and rhythmic number with frantic picking and a decent riff. fast and too cool!

Congo Bongo dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Deep and gloomy guitar riffology in a murky recording with some tribal drum work. No melody, just a riff. Pure unadulterated unpretentious primitive riff rockin' angst. Nothing like a melody, but the riff and chords are like a sped up Link Wray on the prowl. Raw twang!

Minor Chaos dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the other original version of this fine instro. The arrangement is different, and the guitar wizardry played differently, and with the addition of piano, "Minor Chaos" takes yet another amazing power stride! Love those guitar chokes! Great track!