Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Mrs. Faruki's Suzukidotdotdot
artworkThis is a strange compilation, issued for promotional purposes by Suzuki Motor Company on the Mark 56 label. Like the top forty of the day, it intermixes the MOR weirdness of the Suzuki Swingers, the doom and gloom folk rock of Barry McGuire, the R&B of the Olympics aka the Marathons, orchestral soundtrack magic from Elmer Bernstein, and the instrumental surf of the Avengers VI. Go figure. All of the Avengers VI tracks are from their Good Humor album.
Picks: Tequila, Walk On The Wild Side, Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, Pipeline, Downtown

Track by Track Review

Tequila dotdotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

Wow, this is nice. It's sad, but optimistic, and like a post mortem on Slaughter On Tenth Avenue. Similar structure, hints of the melody, but not at all derivative. The string bending is so smooth, it runs off the guitar like water off of a duck's back. Fine performance.

Walk On The Wild Side dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This mid seventies single is some kinda weird. The pure surf reverb on the second guitar and the rhythm section are as trad as they come. The lead guitar is wah-wah peddled all the way, with occasional damped reverb passages. It's quite time warped, and darn fun. Imagine this showing up in the stack single to review during the heyday of disco - no Donna Summer sound alike vocals, no syndrums, no regulated artificial bpm timekeeper. What were they thinking?

Slaughter On Tenth Avenue dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Eskimo Surf" sports an infectious melody, a rock edge, and cool almost xylophone-like keyboards. Nice arrangements, and very unusual writing combine to create a fresh and appealing sound. Almost dinner surf, maybe supermarket surf, but not in the negative way you might think of from that, but quite pleasant and very accessible. Fine track.

Pipeline dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Mar-Ketts classic tune, back from the dead like a discordant vampire in search of an abandoned neck. The ska backbeat and electric piano lead lines are very cool. It's a highly unusual treatment of this over covered tune. New Wave thumpy, TVOD pointed, and gnat irritating in a good way.

Downtown dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yup, this is the theme from "Chariots Of Fire" all decked out with a new wave guitar, electric piano, and prancing sensibility. You can just see them grinning while they dash this out. Completely fun.