Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Muscle Bustle
|This is in part a contraction of the two volume Sundazed Surf and Drag series. 26 tracks of vintage surf and rod.|
Picks: The Champs - 20,000 Leagues, Gene Moles and the Softwinds - Burnin' Rubber, The Rhythm Rockers - Rendezvous Stomp, The Royal Coachmen - Loophole, Repeating, The Snow Men - Ski Storm - Part I
Track by Track Review
The Champs - 20,000 Leagues
Challenge single 59049 featured this low down surf sound with the sad and ominous sax wailing in the background. The guitar shines with vibrato. A simple and pleasurable song.
Gene Moles and the Softwinds - Burnin' Rubber
Screaming dragsters and spirited surf guitar work with a melodic main riff and strong performances, together as is seldom heard in studio projects. The double picked bass is a very cool touch, but the organ is out of place. Cool track.
Gene Moles and the Softwinds - Twin Pipes
Surf Stomp (Instrumental)
The frat jam opposite of "Burnin' Rubber," this is of no consequence, with no melody and just a chumpy beat.
The Rhythm Rockers - Rendezvous Stomp
Surf Stomp (Instrumental)
This is what I always think of when the term "stomp" comes up in surf conversation. It has a similar sound and feel to Bruce Johnston's "Original Surfers Stomp," but it's instro of course, and much more authentic. You can just see a line of surfers and bunnies doing the surfers stomp. Spunky.
The Rhythm Rockers - The Slide
Surf R&B (Instrumental)
Groovin' rhythm and blues for the hop. The horn duet is smooth, but the groove is way too trite.
The Royal Coachmen - Loophole
This exceptionally infectious surf track is way happy, and just shines with shallow string bending and slight reverb. This has appeared on several comps over the past few years. Mighty fine listening. The original release was on Challenge in 1964.
The Royal Coachmen - Repeating
A soft spoken riff barely developed beyond frat jam, but with just enough hook in the break to keep it afloat, and a delicate surf sound. No where near as cool as "Loophole." The original issue was on Challenge in 1964.
The Snow Men - Ski Storm - Part I
The Snow Men cut this single on for Kim Fowley who licensed it out to Challenge in 1963. "Ski Storm - Part I" is rhythmic and poundy, with a bitchin' riff and great energy. The drums rock, the piano is ultra cool, and the riff, while straight forward and simple, is very effective. Incidentally, the melody and basic arrangement of "Ski Storm," recorded in 1963, is identical (except for minor phrasing) to "No Man's Land" by France's Les Fantomes from 1962.
Gary Usher - Mag Wheels
Dry Hot Rod (Instrumental)
This is a lame studio rendition of the track Dick Dale pummeled a bit later on.
Gary Usher - Power Shift
Formula Rock (Instrumental)
Mindless studio jam riff rock, with no real personality in either sound or structure. Formula rock.