Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Paul Buff Presents The Pal And Original Sound Studio Archives, Vol. 2dotdotdot
artworkVolume two has really just one very cool track - Conrad and the Hurricane Strings' very rare "Hurricane," plus the cool flip to The Masters' "Breaktime." There is also a Johnny Fortune vocal that really shows where he was headed, and just how much "Soul Surfer" was a sidetrip.
Picks: Conrad and the Hurricane Strings - Hurricane, The Masters - Sixteen Tons

Track by Track Review


The Biscaines - Blue Skies dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a fairly typical studio creation, with honking sax and inadequate changes, but it does feature some really nice drum work.

Conrad and the Hurricane Strings - Hurricane dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Hurricane" is a rhythmic number with a splendid little melody riff and a gutty sound. Great drums and twangin' guitar. While fairly basic, this is really quite infectious. It's the drums and the guitar lines that make it well worth checking out. Ontario, California's Conrad and the Hurricane Strings cut just one set of tracks at Pal with Paul Buff and Frank Zappa, issued on two different labels.

Johnny Fortune - Alone And Cryin' dotdotdot
Country (Vocal)

Johnny Fortune's signature Jazzmaster guitar sound is evident throughout this country tale. "Alone And Cryin'" is a splendid example of indie rock/country of the early sixties. This is a vocal, but it's a superb glimpse into the early country roots of Johnny Fortune, whose "Soul Surfer" is a genuine surf classic.

The Hollywood Persuaders - Go-Go Music dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a very modest riff rocker from The Hollywood Persuaders sessions. It's not hard to understand why it did not make it to the album -it goes nowhere.

The Masters - Sixteen Tons dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Big tremolo twango a la Al Casey/Jody Reynolds/Duane Eddy. It's actually a relatively inventive cover of this 1946 Merle Travis folk song. Gutty, rich guitar tone, and some demented string bending. Way cool.

The Masters - Rolling Blues dotdotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

This is just what it's title implies, a rolling piano and guitar blues. While very competent, even a pretty cool groove, it's a long ways from essential. There are some nice guitar licks.