Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Shout! Northwest Killers Vol. 2dotdotdot
artworkVolume two in the amazing Northwest Recorders series moves into '64 and '65 where frat was overtaking soul and surf. Marvelous and grodie, this set of relatively obscure recordings from the Pacific Northwest includes many unreleased tracks. The artists are mostly lesser known, but the scene was so rich during those days that many a primal band didn't get beyond their locale. The artist roster reads like a who's who of local frat rock, including the Incredible Kings, the Legends, the Canadian VIPS, the Imperials, the Eccentrics, the Elegants, Woody Carr and the El Caminos, Mr. Clean and the Cleansers (now is that a great band name or what?), Little Daddy and the Bachelors, and the Nomads, who contribute a rousing "Louie Louie." Seven instrumentals and eleven vocals make this an adventure in frat rock. The vocals include the Elegants "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and "Let's Go Let's Go Let's Go," the Canadian VIPS "Jenny Jenny," "Mary Ann," "I Know," Woody Carr and the El Caminos "My Woman," Mr. Clean and the Cleansers "Think," Eccentrics "Podunk Holler," Little Daddy and the Bachelors "Come On Home," a rousing "Louie Louie" from the Nomads, who also contribute "I'm Gone," and a radio ad for Northwest Recorders.
Picks: The Limp, The Chain, Louie Come Back, Shallow Hole, Chinese Checkers, Weathermaster, High Wall

Track by Track Review

The Limp dotdot
Northwest Frat Rock (Instrumental)

"The Limp" is an ultra grungy Northwest frat rockin' instro with organ, distorted R&B guitar, honkin' sax, and a hard drivin' edge. Previously unreleased.

The Chain dotdotdot
Northwest Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Tribal drums open a funky Jimmy Smith kinda organ jam, with that frat rockin' Hammond sound coupled with a nasty sax. Previously unreleased.

Louie Come Back dotdotdot
Northwest Frat Rock (Instrumental)

This is an instrumental response to Paul Revere and the Raiders' "Louie Go Home" with cool piano and a groovin' jam sound. Previously unreleased.

Shallow Hole dotdotdot
Sub-Surf Frat Rock (Instrumental)

This is a sub-surf guitar instro with great piano and a big guitar that's buried in the mix. The riff is infectious and the sound suitably murky. More jam than song, yet very enjoyable. Previously unreleased.

Chinese Checkers dotdotdot
Northwest Frat Rock (Instrumental)

One of Booker T. and the MG's cooler groovier outings is grodied up a bit and made more primal. Fluid and sultry with a beer edge. Near mariachi horns in the break and a sorta Jimmy Smith organ sound. Previously unreleased.

Weathermaster dotdotdot
Northwest Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Blasting Northwest riff rock with whistling organ, raspy sax, and pumping bass, "Weathermaster" is a sweat soaked frat rocker of some urgency. Raw and unabashed.

High Wall dotdotdotdot
Northwest Frat Rock (Instrumental)

Slow and dangerous, moody and deliberate, this marvelous cover of the Wailers' "High Wall" is delicate and nearly pretty. Completely different from all other versions, and very cool! Previously unreleased.