Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Missouri Rockers Volume 2dotdotdot
artworkThis volume features just three bands, all from Marshall, Missouri, all recorded in '58 and '59, and all previously unreleased. No surf, but some fine examples of small town rock 'n' roll.
Picks: Raw-Hide, Guitar Boogie Shuffle, Drum Rip, E-String Boogie, Stompin', Mud Hut, Boogie With Me, Steel Guitar Rag

Track by Track Review

Raw-Hide dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

What a cool version of Link Wray 's "Raw-Hide!" The guts and rawness are replaces with a more restrained sound, clean guitar, echo plex, and Jerry Lee Lewis style piano. The result is a small town combo innocence that's quite infectious.

Guitar Boogie Shuffle dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Virtues' claim to fame "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" is nicely converted to a softer less distinct style that befits the song well. The silky lead flashes in the break seem much more Americana than the original. Way cool.

Drum Rip dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a drum solo, and I suppose the title is supposed to imply that it rips, but I have to say it's very amateur and disorganized, and the meter is pretty rough.

E-String Boogie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"E-String Boogie" is a raw-ish traditional guitar boogie. While it's not unlike dozens of others in many ways, it does have a certain primal edge that gives it an attractive sound.

Stompin' dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Like a stompin' version of "Guitar Boogie Shuffle" combined with some Hank Snow epic, "Stompin'" is thumping and pumping backwoods groovy with edge. Lots of jamming guitar work and fine piano plinking too.

Mud Hut dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Country lap steel brings out a railroad influence while a New Orleans style lagging piano and thumpin' bass hold up the rhythm section. Pretty jammy, but pretty cool too.

Boogie With Me dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Another basic riffin' boogie, but with lap steel in the background and murky bass. Not melodic, but rhythmically infectious.

Steel Guitar Rag dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

While "Steel Guitar Rag" is not unlike many other lap steel instros from the Fifties, it's an interesting blend of a shuffle beat and a lap steel that's playing in a country style, but with just a touch of a rock 'n' roll attitude. It's a very cool track.