Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: Shaggerman Rock 'N' Roll
|Aside from "Mar Gaya," this comp features a half dozen instros, most of which have been reissued in better form.|
Picks: The Demotrons - Rockaway Special, The Fender IV - Mar Gaya, Link Wray and his Raymen - Comanche
Track by Track Review
The Bongo Teens - Surf 'n' Bongos
Bongos romp and guitar plays a rock-riff dry against a studio jam sounding backtrack. There's raw sax in the break, but it doesn't save this track from the pedestrian heap. Completely unmemorable.
Raging two chord filler, relying solely on it's edge and volume to carry it off. Fun, but no particularly interesting, and quite unimaginative musically.
The Demotrons - Rockaway Special
Heavy twangin' fifties grunge with really murky guitar that mostly plays the low registers, and in the wash that is the mix, it sounds almost surf. Spunky and intense, with nasty trumpet played the way sax sometimes was.
"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.
Originally issued August, 1964.
The Twisters - Countdown 1-2-3
A primitive space rocker with extreme tremolo and raspy sax, "Countdown 1-2-3" is all fifties riff rock, but the warbly sax and unabashed grode guitar rocks, despite knowing just one note and chord.
Ted Weems and his Orchestra - Heartaches
Ancient orchestral fair from The Ted Weems and his Orchestra, from the forties probably. Cheesy and fun.
Link Wray and his Raymen - Comanche
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)
Susan and the SurfTones tribute to the spaghetti western genre is more than a little nice. Round guitar tone, with a whistling organ underneath, and great cowboy drums are all here. This is written by Buck Malen. The big boom reverb of the toms is very dramatic and super cool. Not quite of the Hellbenders' caliber, but damn close. I like this a lot.