Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Raw Tracks - The Hollywood Persuaders And The Bongo Teensdotdotdot
artworkThere are some nice tracks here, though most are available elsewhere. This is genuine small studio fabrication rock. Not bad, just mostly uninspired.
Picks: The Bongo Teens - Bustin' Surfboards, Blue Skies, The Hollywood Persuaders - Drums A Go-Go, Last Night, Thunderbird, Tijuana, North Beach

Track by Track Review


Bustin' Surfboards dotdotdot
Go-Go (Instrumental)

This is a lot more credible than I expected. Though nowhere near as gritty as the original, its lighter textures accept the bongos really well. The melody is not quite right - stopping short of the end, but it works just fine.

Last Night dotdotdot
Bongo Rock (Instrumental)

This is a pale version of The Mar-Keys' "Last Night." Its arrangement sound contrived. Organ lead, guitar breaks, and bongos. More or less a straight cover with bongos added, I'll stick to The Mar-Keys' original thank you very much.

Blue Skies dotdotdot
Go-Go (Instrumental)

Surf guitar and bongos gently plat Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies." In a sort of Ventures arrangement with bongos, The Bongo Teens do a decent job with this venerable instro, but it's not as interesting as The Webs' version.

Forget It
Go-Go (Instrumental)

Chumpy blues rock instro fare. No real melody, just a riff and sax over a stiff beat.

Drums A Go-Go dotdotdot
Go-Go (Instrumental)

This is one of the best examples of sixties go-go instros, and it clearly illustrates the roots of disco. All you need to do is add a black singer and your there. This is hypnotically rhythmic melody free, and targeted squarely at the dancer. This is a cool track, both historically and rhythmically. Exceptional drums, big organ, and real hypno-thud.

Last Night dotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

The Mar-Keys' hit "Last Night" was a riff rocker, which is a natural source for the go-go sound. This is organ driven, horn line amped, and fun.

Forget it dotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

The drums dominate the mix in this unremarkable riff rocker. "Forget it" is moreorless just a slow blues glide.

Thunderbird dotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

Muted reverb surf guitar rhythm, snazzy percussion, and a riff-rockin' progression. Some of the surfisms are pretty cool, or at hypnotically rhythmic. Animal dancers in suspended cages with an eye on the curl.

Eve of Destruction dotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

This is an instrumental treatment of PF Sloane's doomsday epic. Electric piano, harmonica, tremolo guitar, all elements yielding predictable results. Pretty nice, but not really memorable.

Tijuana dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Reverbed second guitar, and a huge debt owed to Balboa Stomp and Herb Alpert by Paul Buff's studio band on this one. It's so very close to Surfers Stomp with just slight variations created by the organ in the breaks and a twinge of the Tijuana Brass. Frank Zappa probably played guitar. Not surfy at all, but a cool tune. The original title was just "Tijuana."

(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction dotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

Low energy fuzz and production take the guts out of The Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction," replacing it with keyboard gentility with drums and chorus.

Hollywood A-Go-Go dotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

Based somewhat around "Satisfaction" and Bruce Johnston's "Surfer's Stomp," "Hollywood A-Go-Go" is a very forgettable song.

Rush Street dotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

The piano lick here is right out of Barret Strong's "Money," a song that got ripped off many times in studio sessions like this. Quite unremarkable, despite the appearance of cool harmonica and light fuzz guitar.

Persuasion dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Persuasion" is an easy flowing piece with cool electric piano, and a mild guitar melody and whistling organ, both of are inspired by Del Shannon's "Runaway." Derivative, but very pleasant.

Sunset Strip dotdotdot
(Instrumental)

Based heavily on the "Louie Louie" riff, this studio jam is fun and groovy, but in the end, you won't really remember it. All jam, no peanut butter.

North Beach dotdotdot
Go-Go Surf (Instrumental)

This is a really nice instrumental. Its piano melody is pretty and fluid, and the arrangement is very pleasant. It won't rock your world, but it's one of the more original pieces on Drums A Go-Go album.