Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Six Gun Surfdotdotdotdotdot
artworkWhat a great collection of spaghetti western surf! Seventeen tracks, consistently mastered, with a variety of styles all centered on the genre. There are some amazing bands here!

Another obscure black and white television western theme comes under the gun... sorry, I couldn't resist! This compilation could not be farther from this statement! Highly recommended!
Picks: The Atlantics - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, The Bitch Boys - The Magnificent Seven, The Breakaways - The Virginian, Chris Brian Gussa - Zorro, Kim Humphreys - West Of Spaghetti, The Incredible Mr. Smith - The Rebel (Johnny Yuma), Los Jets - A Fist Full Of Dollars, Longboard Ranch - The Wildy Magnificent Bonanza Medley, Dom Mariani and the Majestic Kelp - Sergio Leone, Mr. Neutron - Hang 'Em High, The Razorblades - Rawhide, Red Guitar - Pasta La Vista, Surf Dawgs - Maverick, TubeStone - Billy The Kid's Ride To Mexico, Uncle Gus and the Roadcats - The Ballad Of Palladin, The Vivisectors - For A Few Dollars More, Doc Yerba and the Sonoran Surfers - Surfanza

Track by Track Review

The Atlantics - The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Australia's first family of surf drives Enio Morricone's "The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly" with their signature drums and huge guitars. This is a superb cover, full of the richness of well used ambient reverb and powerful playing. Excellent!

The Bitch Boys - The Magnificent Seven dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Magnificent Seven" a.k.a. "Smogevci" sports stereo echoed guitar for a scary and unusual sound on this great film theme. Not enough bands work with this song, and of course the Bitch Boys have given it their own twist. Great double picking and cool production on this fine song.

The Breakaways - The Virginian dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

The theme to the television show The Virginian is very well done, with a layered and affective arrangement and rhythmic delivery. While this comes on gently, the rhythm and panned glissandos end up taking up in.

Chris Brian Gussa - Zorro dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy chords, acoustic guitar, delicate percussion, glissandos, flamenco charm, and the flavor of a sleepy Mexican village. Chris Brian Gussa does a grand job reinventing Zorro.

Kim Humphreys - West Of Spaghetti dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra fuzz guitar against very cool percussion back rich spaghetti western lead lines. This is a very nice track, with rich sound and even a "GBU" inspired chorus and accents. Infectious and fun, and very enjoyable.

The Incredible Mr. Smith - The Rebel (Johnny Yuma) dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

This is one fun rompin' cover of the theme to The Rebel, Johnny Yuma. A ton of spunk and rich surf tone, string chokes, Dick Dale flairs, and immense power. This is simply cool!

Los Jets - A Fist Full Of Dollars dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Another Enio Morrecone song, played fast and with seriously effected guitar. The drums are really the main attraction, though the seventies guitar styling is very effective. The guitar's harmony reminds me of Rare Birds' version in places.

Longboard Ranch - The Wildy Magnificent Bonanza Medley
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

What a medley! "The Wild, Wild West" starts off with big twang, moves right into "Bonanza," then into "The Magnificent Seven," and lastly back into "The Wild, Wild West." Longboard Ranch bring immense charm to all these western themes. grins all around, as well as genuine surf credibility. Great tone enhances the breathing of the compressor! Takes me back!

Dom Mariani and the Majestic Kelp - Sergio Leone dotdotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

A European style melody rings out from the lead guitar, which is vibratoed and played slow and precise. On first listening, this song doesn't seem very impressive, but listen again. "Sergio Leone" is a very pleasant song with an engaging sound.

Mr. Neutron - Hang 'Em High dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Interesting drums drive this twangster with whammy chords and warmth. The semi military beat in the middle adds significant interest. The arrangement fills out the song nicely. The ambient drums are over-compressed and the cymbals clipped, but otherwise, "Hang 'Em High" is engaging.

The Razorblades - Rawhide dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

The howling wind ominously warns of the thunder that follows before the rain sets in. Then, The Razorblades launch into a rich and twang laden and brilliantly western surf raging cover of the theme to the television show Rawhide, originally recorded and a hit for Sheb Wooley. The first verse is superbly original, and the rest, well... They just rip. The chorus is deluxe with its dribbly muted playfulness, and the speed and pace of the song are compelling and powerful! This is easily the best cover of this song I've heard since The Vandals!

Red Guitar - Pasta La Vista dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

This is a superb number with a genuine spaghetti western vein right down to the whistling. A great galloping beat and grunted chants lend even more credibility to "Pasta La Vista." This is a really fine track, well crafted and arranged.

Surf Dawgs - Maverick dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

This rhythmic cowboy romp is just plain fun. Dry glissandos slither down the creek while the gingham seductively calls you in. The theme to Maverick is all fun and frill. It's really hard not to like this!

TubeStone - Billy The Kid's Ride To Mexico dotdotdotdotdot
MOR Rock (Instrumental)

"Moonshine" is a very moody and pretty song, with harmonics and a few ultra low-E notes. Haunting and warm, there's a mystical quality to this track that's very endearing. The opening rhythm track is very similar to "Goldfinger," but that's the only part that is.

Uncle Gus and the Roadcats - The Ballad Of Palladin dotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

I'm not sure what to make of this. On the one hand, it's pretty cheesy with the bongos and modern rock distortion guitar lines, but on the other, it captures the the feel of the show and the Al Caiola guitar sound. Cool piano and a country beat meet glissandos and twang. Very unusual, and surprisingly cool.

The Vivisectors - For A Few Dollars More dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Haunting, dangerously fuzzed, aquatically twanged, and moving at a dramatic pace, "For A Few Dollars More" is nicely arranged. Surprisingly, the murky swirl of the organ melody lines works really well. This is soft, yet dangerous in the way spaghetti westerns would slowly bring distant riders into view with cinematic drama that left no doubt about the less than friendly encounter inevitably coming your way. Very nice!

Doc Yerba and the Sonoran Surfers - Surfanza dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)

Doc Yerba and the Sonoran Surfers sound like a home project, but in a way that's very endearing. "Surfanza" is Jay Livingston and Ray Evans's "Bonanza" coupled with Lee Hazelwood's "Baja" and Jerry Lordan's "Apache," among others. The subtle bongos and delicate mix add to the mysterious ambiance.