Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Rockin' and Raunchy Instrumental Hitsdotdotdot
artworkAs a subsidiary of CBS Canada, Audio Encores issued "Direct Master" LP's in the early eighties. That did not mean reissues. Like K-TEL, the leased or chartered recut masters of chart hits by (at least one member of the) original bands. This LP contains two surf instros cut at Audio Media in Nashville in 1980. No telling who the musicians were. These are not the same tracks as the K-TEL album titled Rebel Rouser, which were cut in 1975.

Despite the title, these tracks are, for the most part, neither rockin' nor raunchy.
Picks: Rebel-Rouser, Because They're Young, Forty Miles Of Bad Road, Raunchy, Pipeline, Beatnik Fly, Red River Rock, Reville Rock, Honky Tonk (Part 2), Wipe Out

Track by Track Review

Rebel-Rouser dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Duane's signature shimmer is here, but the rockin' edge of his backing band is not. A gentle backtrack with low energy makes this sound octogenarian.

Because They're Young dot
Surf (Instrumental)

Adequate twang, silky strings, and a laid back delivery... not much to write home about.

Forty Miles Of Bad Road dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Modern clicky kick drum in place of the original thump in the intro foretells the relaxed atmosphere of the song. Pure session sound.

Raunchy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is actually not bad. Not as hot as the original, but it does groove and it has reasonable energy. Much cleaner and crisper than the original, and that's not a bad thing.

Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The opening glissando pans across the speakers. The guitars are quite dry. Otherwise, all the parts are as they should be. It's just mixed so unsympathetically. Better than the K-TEL track, but nothing like the hypnotic power of the Downey monster.

Beatnik Fly dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is much too sterile for Johnny and the Hurricanes, and the drums, especially the clicky kick, just don't work. It's likely that the only Hurricane here is sax man Johnny Paris. It does have some of the infectiousness required, but just not enough to gel.

Red River Rock dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The mix is really all wrong. Subdued and sterile. That kick drum is really annoying!

Reville Rock dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spelled wrong on the album jacket, "Reveille Rock" is mixed in a way that makes it sound quiet, powerless. The arrangement is correct, but the recording is atrocious.

Honky Tonk (Part 2) dot
Surf (Instrumental)

The original is laid back in a suave and sultry way. This is laid back in a lazy way. Very dismissible.

Wipe Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is really not far off, except that it's sterile. The drums keep panning back and forth. The beats are correct, but it does not sound like Rob Wilson. Very dry and powerless compared to the original Pal recording.