Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Rev Frosts Wild Instrumental Party!
|This comp is an mp3 web bootleg from Reverend Frost's blog (Spread The Good Word). Some great tracks, though many are marred by the thematic use of extracts from horror film trailers that are mixed over the beginnings of tracks. Otherwise, it's a fine set. Some audio sources are better than others.|
Picks: Casbah, Sinner, Mr. Custer Stomp, Squad Car, Ali Baba, Battle Hymn, Mar Gaya, Jungle Fever, Don't Monkey With Tarzan, Batman Theme, Bounty Hunter, Blue Skies, Miserlou Twist, Baha Reebah (Part 1), Fireball Mail
Track by Track Review
Damn near the best surf single ever, and certainly Sandy Nelson's best track. The brilliant surf guitar work is from my personal favorite studio player Richie Podolor. This single kicks major hind quarter. Fast rippin' tune delivered like a machine gun. Amazingly good! It's been in my top ten for 32 years now.
This is a funny sorta tune, with a simple riff with surf whammy ends, and half the melody from "Wild Goose" slammed together to create a new tune. Quite surfy, with Crossfires styled horns in the break. It's a pretty cool surf obscuro, infectious in it's own right despite it's derivative nature.
Jungle Exotica (Instrumental)
This basic grodie track employs an overdriven guitar, playing a decent melody that could be surfed easily, over a slow bass line and whirling organ. The constant "Indian" chants give it an air of unforgiving gimmickry. It opens with a cavalry shout.
This is THEE Eddie & the Showmen song, and their second single. Written by Paul Johnson, it totally shreds. The best news is it finally appears in stereo.
Dave and the Customs recorded what must be the other "Miserlou." This is a totally tubular track that just plain moves. The relentless rolling drums, the low-E double-picked melody, the crescendo break... it made me twitch in my britches the first time I heard it. This is definitely the highlight of this CD. Oh, what I wouldn't do for the studio tapes on this one! Who were these guys, anyway? The other side of this single was a vocal version of "Shortnin' Bread." Their other single was "Mizerlou" c/w "Bony Morony."
One of a million instros based on "The Battle Hymn Of the Republic," the Devrons overdubbed gunshots and ricochets. Just so-so
"Mar Gaya" is such a monster. Huge ominous sounding tune with a minimalist melody on the low-E that thunders across the aural horizon. Randy Holden is a genius! Must have essential surf. Simply the darkest surf single of 1965. Holden says that the inspiration for this masterpiece was Dick Dale's "The Victor," and you can hear it in the relentlessness of the hypnotic thunder, but "Mar Gaya" is infinitely larger.
Raw backwoods rock jam instro, low down and grodie. The early almost fuzz bass guitar is really the coolest part.
Don't Monkey With Tarzan
Garage Rock (Instrumental)
Vibrato, but no surf. It has a wailin' fifties sax and plunky piano and stupid Tarzan yells. History, but no inspiration.
Essential Rock (Instrumental)
The Neil Hefty television theme song chunka chunka'd to a certain relentless grind. Too repetitious for me.
Piano Sax (Instrumental)
Piano and sax similar to some of the Viscounts lesser tracks. Definitely not surf.
Super reverbed pluckage, whammified notes, shimmering Hawaiian images... it's all here, in a simple and appealing surf instro.
This live performance of "Miserlou" is superb, if only you overlook the violins that were overdubbed later. Perhaps one day the undubbed tape will surface. Dick's superb playing and the immediacy of the live band are quite powerful.
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)
Magnificent blend of Mariachi and surf, so natural, and such energy. Total fun, and incredibly infectious.
Pre Surf Country (Instrumental)
Johnny Cash meets Duane Eddy at the OK Coral. Big guitar twang, formula "Rebel Rouser" structure, and a Southern feel. Nice track.