Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Paul Buff Presents The Pal And Original Sound Studio Archives, Vol. 3dotdotdot
artworkThe third volume of this monumental series includes a few surf gems alongside other instros and many projects from the Buff-Zappa conspiracy. Most notable is the b-side of the illusive Conrad and the Hurricane Strings single.
Picks: Brian Lord and the Midnighters - Not Another One!, Conrad And The Hurricane Strings - Sweet Love, The Genteels - Take It Off, The Tornadoes - Vaquero

Track by Track Review


Arty and the Supremes - Hombre dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Hombre" is relatively fun horn instro with an almost gutty backtrack. Spirited riff rock for sure.

Brian Lord and the Midnighters - Not Another One! dotdotdot
Memphis Soul Clone (Instrumental)

Jammy guitar over surf sounds... weird whammy and a surfish riff. Somewhat dissonant, and non-melodic. having said all that, "Not Another One" is unique and catchy in a strange way.

Conrad And The Hurricane Strings - Sweet Love dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a lovely slow number with an almost steel guitar sound. Romantic drama and a gentle flow with an island surf sound. "Sweet Love" is very pretty and easy on the soul.

The Genteels - Take It Off dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A "Peter Gunn" riff behind a gimmicky runway number with charm and cool piano. Great drums drive this infectious track. It's a precursor to The Tornadoes of "Bustin' Surfboards" fame in more ways than one. While very simple, "Take It Off" is very pleasing.

The Masters - Sunday Blues dotdot
Blues (Instrumental)

"Sunday Blues" us just what it seems - a slow blues jam. Little to write home about here. While very competent, it is also very pedestrian.

Mel Moss - Zing Zoing dot
Easy Country (Instrumental)

Yeah... OK... things with titles like "Zing Zoing" are often just goofy or playful in a silly kind of way, and that's just what you have here.

The Tornadoes - Vaquero dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Vintage surf from one of the coolest surfbands of the sixties. Their version of "Vaquero" is a perfect fit for their raw approach, and the rhythm really makes this compelling. Totally cool!