Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Rock Don't Rundotdotdot
artworkEddie Angel (Los Straitjackets) has a nifty label called Spin Out that issues cool basic rockin' stuff from all over the planet. This compilation gathers together 12 bands from 4 countries doin' 18 instros. All in all, a very good compilation.
Picks: Whatcha Say?, Bikini Sunset, Half Moon Bay, University Blvd., Morpheus, The Tower, Mr. Pan Ventures Out, Bustin' Suds, Hey!, Floating, Cervesa On Dee Mesa, Rockabilly Surfer, Topless Beach, The Maltese Martian, Bruce Lee's Last Ride, The Natives Are Restless, Cool Hand Luke, Surfin' Boar

Track by Track Review

Whatcha Say? dotdotdot
Riff Rock (Instrumental)

Driven riff rock, just slightly up from a back track to a Liverpool '63 beat band backtrack. It has that fire and edge, but isn't quite melodic enough to hold up.

Bikini Sunset dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reminds me a lot of the Surf Trio's "99th Wave" [theme from "Neat Stuff"], but not as edgie.

Half Moon Bay dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Can you spell fast? No one drives that fast in Half Moon Bay! Wow, what a speed demon on that trusty Strat. The fiery performance lends a grand feel to this track.

University Blvd. dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and playful ode to the street of desire and no worry life. This is a very melodic and pretty track. It has all the finesse it needs, and plenty of twang. Great for a stroll down the boulevard of life.

Morpheus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a solid performance of the Toads' obscuro. It retains the rhythm guitar plinkery and the tenor of the original as well. The Surf Kings are from Laguna Beach, FL and are NOT the ex-Crossfires band from SoCal.

The Tower dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Lightweight melodically, more of a west coast groove than surf, like some of the central coast or east LA tracks of the sixties, with borrowed elements from several classics. They use the Impacts' intro to their "Wipe Out" to move into a standard surf riff track.

Mr. Pan Ventures Out dotdotdot
Garage (Instrumental)

Mr. Pan (Osaka, Japan) and his deluxe garage instro outfit the Panasonics deliver one mother of an Eddie Angel tune via lo-fi garage rifforama. It is incredibly hot and infectious lo-fi in the Eddie Angel mold, with deluxe energy and edge. The album this is from is a masterpiece of primitive guitar intro madness. This is a riff and a flair for fun.

Bustin' Suds dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Great surf sounds and too much organ in a riff driven progression format. Not very interesting. Thee Phantom 5ive (Nashville, TN) are a rockin' garage surf band with a pretty intense sound.

Hey! dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Semi oriental or exotica melody line, mystery, smooth playing, nice variations on the glissando, and solid energy. Unusual, and a great track.

Floating dotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

Thick and swirly Euro instro, with a great melody and a slightly muddy sound. The overall effect is of an eighties instro with a surf rhythm guitar pattern played dry. Very nice effect, almost synthetic and bubbly.

Cervesa On Dee Mesa dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This tracks has appeared already on several compilations, as well as their first CD. It's cool and melodic, and playful. It has their signature guitar reverb sound. Excellent track.

Rockabilly Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf Rockabilly (Instrumental)

A Sandals' "TR-6" opener goes quickly into a slightly rockabilly not unlike those the Halibuts might do.

Topless Beach dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Super simple fifties styled number with a basic R&B boogie back beat. Eddie Angel is with Nashville's Los Straitjackets.

The Maltese Martian dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Demo quality recording (too much kick and thin bass) of a riff that is friendly enough, but hardly memorable. This may be due mostly to the uncomplimentary eighties mix. The melody line is too close to a Halibuts' tune as well. Dragula (Murfreesboro, TN) open "The Maltese Martian" with a sample, then bring in an interesting melody. The bass is too thin a la new wave and too loud, and the too-big kick drum smacks of sound board tape.

Bruce Lee's Last Ride dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reverbed and surfy, with little that hints at an oriental root or flavor. It is, however much more interesting than their other track here. Still, it's just a riff and a gimmicky arrangement.

The Natives Are Restless dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Quirky fundango thumpabilly surf. This tune has a mighty fun melody line, but is most dominated by it's infectious percussion. The tribal rhythms drive home the title theme. poundingly joyous.

Cool Hand Luke dotdotdot
Garage Rock (Instrumental)

With a spy kinda intro and a spaghetti feel delivered with ample distortion, this is a simple and moody track with enough of the "something" to hold the interest. The Astro Naughts are from Chicago, IL.

Surfin' Boar dotdotdot
Garage Rock (Instrumental)

Almost exactly Dick Dale's "Surf Beat" played with distortion and low energy, and no particular magic.