Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Music For Our Mother Ocean IIIdot
artworkRound three in the series dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the world's oceans, waves, and beaches. All proceeds from album sales go to the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation. As with MOM's I and II, little surf music is to be found here. The artwork is very cool, inside and out. A mere two instros, both miles from the nearest breakwater. On the vocal side, Chris Isaak's "Winter Water" is a pretty ballad, but most of the rest is just commercial mung from Brians Seltzer and Wilson, Sprung Monkey, Jane's Addiction, Pearl Jam, Paul McCartney and Wings, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, James Taylor, Smash Mouth, and the Beastie Boys. As a money maker for the Surfrider Foundation, it will do well. As a surf release, I think the opening lines from "Money" by Lit sums the CD up pretty well: "I think I want my money back. This isn't what I thought it would be."
Picks: Gone Surfin', Walk Don't Run

Track by Track Review

Gone Surfin' dotdotdot
Stadium Metal Reggae (Instrumental)

Gary Hoey's no slouch on guitar, but as far as surf goes, I'm not sure he has any idea what it is. "Gone Surfin'" is a reggae supported commercial guitar piece. It's pleasant and all, but it just has no feel of the surf, no sense of surf music at all, and produces no imagery of the ocean.

Walk Don't Run dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Well, it's big, it's loud, and it's edgie, and it's well played. Not even a hint of surf or a dash of salt water. Straight arrangement based on the 1960 Ventures single. I really liked Art's pre-Everclear band Colorfinger. Still, it is pretty tuff. They had a ton of power and style.