Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Out Of Limitsdotdot
artworkIt looks like a budget package full of the usual suspects. It is a budget package, but all of these tracks are re-recordings, a couple even worth a spin or two. Others are so sad, it makes you hope you never land in this old folks home! 20 tracks on two discs, and with only 56 minutes of music (there term, not mine), you have to wonder why.
Picks: Out Of Limits, Beatnik Fly, Telstar, Because They're Young, Mexico, Hawaii Five-0, Midnight In Moscow, No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In), White Silver Sands, Soulful Strut, Let There Be Drums, Tuff, Let's Go (Pony), Percolator, Games People Play, Rinky Dink, Wipe Out, Born Free, Our Winter Love, Stranger On the Shore

Track by Track Review

Out Of Limits dotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of several remakes Joe Saraceno recorded using his original studio name. There's no way of knowing who is on the session, but the variations in the lead run add something and keep it fresh. Still, it's less electric than the original.

Beatnik Fly dotdotdot
Organ Sax (Instrumental)

A shiny new remake of the classic Johnny and the Hurricanes hit. It lacks all the fire of the original, but is relatively true to the instrumentation.

Telstar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This recording was done in the mid seventies for K-TEL. It bears little similarity to the marvelous Joe Meek production.

Because They're Young dotdotdot
Twang (Instrumental)

Another hit for the big guitar twangster. This one sports too many strings for my taste, but it is a splendid melody and was quite a hit. The liners say it "vaguely resembles the theme from Jeopardy." It was actually the theme from a 1960 film of the same name. Don Costa and friends wrote this pre-Al Caiola sounding film theme. Despite the syrupy strings, this has a magnetism that can suck you in. I can't say I've seen the film, but I can visualize this under the credits easily enough.

Mariachi (Instrumental)

Yikes, this remake is really pallid! None of the flare of the Bob Moore original. It's like an old folks home mariachi version. Blechkt!

Hawaii Five-0 dotdotdotdot
Horror Film For Your Ears (Instrumental)

"Binge and Purge" lumbers down a path not often traveled, where loungecore and private eye jazz blend into a new recipe for sludgomatic horror throb. Just short of monstercore, this slithers and sneaks in the back allies of your town, looking for a garage to sleep in. It can't decide if it's suave and cool, or dark and sinister. The conflict between the trench coated gumshoe and the sci-fi radiation byproduct ooze from the planet sludge is all too enticing. You can draw a slight parallel to the soundscape of the Reventlos' "King Kong." No surf in sight, but this is a brilliant track, like a movie with no scenes.

Midnight In Moscow
Jazz (Instrumental)

I never did like this, and still don't. Trad jazz with wallet carefully clutched. A remake to boot.

No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
Rock (Instrumental)

This remake is pretty close to the original... sorta. I can't handle the female chorus!

White Silver Sands
R&B (Instrumental)

Bob Tucker is formerly of the Bill Black Combo. Dry funky chop and stroll.

Soulful Strut
Soul (Instrumental)

Another remake... I'm sure at least the janitor from the original lineup is here, but who really cares. Very safe and boring.

Let There Be Drums dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a pretty decent remake, with Sandy Nelson's drums in fine shape and sounding huge. The guitar is pretty unremarkable, but then this is percussion music. Infectious in it's own way.

Tuff dotdotdot
Sax Rock (Instrumental)

Ace Cannon has made a lifetime career out of his handful of sax hits. "Tuff" is tough enough, but it's also pretty pedestrian.

Let's Go (Pony) dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Intense lead guitar twang! The guitar tone owns you. This is as good as "Solaris Stomp." A bit of the Spanish influence, and off-the-scale infectiometer readings. Very rich tone.

Percolator dotdotdot
Pop Rock (Instrumental)

This gimmicky postsurf period instro was based on a Maxwell House Coffee TV ad running at the time. The lead simulates the gradual escalation of the coffee bubbling up into the glass dome in the top of the coffee pot. It was an instant success, and is still pretty darn fun. It's not surf, but it sure endures well.

Games People Play
MOR (Instrumental)

May you never get old enough to think this is cool! Scary, especially the female "do-do-do-do" chorus.

Rinky Dink dotdotdot
Roller Rink Rock (Instrumental)

This is a priceless track, with Dave 'Baby' Cortez's whistling roller rink organ and an infectious beat, it creeps in and stays. Rich sound and roller rink organ, approximating the original without the edge and drive. Still fun after all of these years.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Sci-Fi Surf (Instrumental)

This is a 1975 remake recorded for K-Tel. Ron Wilson is not on the session, the sound is less crisp, and the bass is more upfront, but otherwise it's recognizable from a guitar standpoint as the Surfaris.

Born Free dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Roger Williams' film score hit, remade, but uneventful.

Our Winter Love dot
MOR (Instrumental)

Rehashed into an even slushier mode. Next!

Stranger On the Shore
MOR (Instrumental)

Now called Grandfather Acker Bilk, this is ultra soft elevator fluff.