Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Rare Rock N' Roll Mastersdotdot
artworkA bunch of not very interesting mung along with a couple of modestly cool tracks.
Picks: The Live Wires - One Cycle Venture, The Rockin' R's - The Beat

Track by Track Review


Bullwhip Rock dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Whips crack, pianos jingle, and a fifties boogie beat wails away. The melody is based on that tune I only recognize from the childhood lyrics "there's a place in France, where the women where no pants, and the men walk around, with their noodles hanging down" (OK, so I remember odd things from childhood... you ought hear the words we used to sing to "Hail To The Chief"). Lots of fire, but infectious only in its rhythmic nature.

One Cycle Venture dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"One Cycle Venture" is likely from the surf era. The melody bridge is based on the TV ad that used Stronger Than Dirt as its byline. The break slows way down for a cool surf sound. Not exactly goofy, but very cool.

Cha Hua Hua
Surf (Instrumental)

Geez, is this cheesy studio mung! A minimal melody from an ah-chorus, cheap sax lines, and a fake rock'n'roll beat. Next!

The Beat dotdotdot
Fifties Instro (Instrumental)

For primitive rural American indie instros of the fifties, it's hard to beat the Rockin' R's. Still, this track is mostly a rhythm, and the fidelity of their work is not good. This does provide a glimpse into the realm of garage bands in the fifties in places like Idaho and North Dakota, and most notably the suburbs of Peoria, Illinois.

Vibrate dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Basic riff rockin' instro fare, with a catchy progression and a near-boogie beat. Pretty fun, but not particularly memorable.