Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Pebbles Volume 4: Surf N Tunesdotdotdot
artworkThis is the early Pebbles surf comp, comprised of 16 vocals and 3 instros. All from vinyl, it is none the less the sole source for one of these tracks so far. The most notable vocal is Dave Edmunds Britainization of "New York's A Lonely Town" into "London's A Lonely Town." Priceless.
Picks: Flashin' Red, Ram Charger, LSD-25

Track by Track Review


Flashin' Red dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sirens and the traffic sounds and a basic dry surf arrangement with pounding drums and a cool melody. Infectious, with dribbling glissandoes, it's a great example of teenage surf from 1963. A nice addition to your library, but not essential listening. "Flashin' Red" is introduced with an aircheck from KASK (?).

Ram Charger dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The overpowering organ here detracts from the surf guitar. A little lower in the mix would have fixed it. Melodic and chunky. This is the same song as the Venturas recorded, though they titled it with a dash ("Ram-Charger"). I don't know which is the original.

LSD-25 dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf Drug Instro (Instrumental)

The Gamblers were a studio band with Sandy Nelson, Elliott Ingbar (future Captain Beefheart, and Derry Weaver, who wrote their two tracks. The other side of this single is the oft-covered and remarkably powerful two chord monster "Moon Dawg." This side is probably the first rock track released named after a drug, and predates psychedelia by more than five years.