Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Sentinals vs The Starfires: Live From Vegasdotdotdot
artworkThis is a very interesting release. Two of the live albums recorded in 1964 at the Teenbeat Club in Las Vegas are paired up. The label (La Brea) may or may not be legit, but it is named the same as the original release from The Starfires, which was related to Sutton, the original label of The Sentinals' album. These two impossible rare issues are at least available to hear now.
Picks: The Sentinals - Get It, Exotic, Go Go, The Starfires - Peter Gunn, Apache

Track by Track Review


Get It dotdotdot
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rousing performance of "Get It" which shows off it's frat-mariachi roots. The crowd digs the track, and the Sentinals play it pretty true to the original, only faster and with much more spunk. The horns lead the way as the guitar pumps out a fine rhythm and the drums pound! "Get It" was originally cut by Al Garcia's multi-named Soul Kings / Rhythm Kings / Charades, and appeared on KFWB / KYA / KPOI / KDWB Battle Of The Surfing Bands LP.

Exotic dotdotdotdot
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

It's more than a little interesting to hear the Sentinals rock this song out in the original dual-horn near mariachi arrangement first cut the the "Rhythm Kings." It's a fine up tempo romp through the California Mexican rock instro sound. Great stuff!

Go Go dotdotdot
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

"Go Go" is a 4 minute drums solo from the sticks and tribal rhythms of Johnny Barbata. There are similarities to the cadence he used in "Latin Soul" at times, but mostly this is one tuff workout. Drum solos often bore, but this seems to be quite a trip down percussion lane. Love the cow bell!

Peter Gunn dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very tasteful and restrained version of Henry Mancini's TV detective theme "Peter Gunn." The reverb paces it generally within the surf envelope. There's nothing here that really sets it apart. The arrangement is relatively unchanging.

Apache dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a sort of surfy cover of Jerry Lordan's classic "Apache." They cover the Jorgen Ingmann arrangement, and there are double picked transitions. Tight and very genuine sounding.