Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The Soma Records Story Volume 3 - A Man's Gotta Be A Mandotdotdotdot
artworkThis LP sports five instros from the Midwest, where bands were bands, and the guitar ruled.
Picks: Reveille Rock, Freeway, Surf Beat, Tchaikovsky Rides Again, The Other Side Of A Record

Track by Track Review


Reveille Rock dotdotdotdot
Dry Midwest Surf (Instrumental)

The Titans were a Midwest instro band, with a pretty dry sound. Not a surf band, but this is so cool, it doesn't matter. Only the reverb is missing to make it surf. Unlike Johnny and the Hurricanes, this is sans organ and shredz even harder!

Freeway dotdotdotdot
Pre-Psych Surf (Instrumental)

This is an odd instro with sounds from several genres. "Freeway" opens with a main riff that's a cross between "Run, Run Run" and "Comin' Home Baby," which it uses as a bridge. The organ takes the lead, giving it an R&B and sixties pre-psych rock sound, but it's the gently double picked surf guitar in the middle that makes it shine. Recorded in April, 1966.

Surf Beat dotdotdotdot
Pre-Psych Surf (Instrumental)

In some ways less spunky than the original, but also deeper and darker, this is a fine track. Perhaps more like the Nobles' cover, the Chancellors play it with chunk and edge. This gutsy version of Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Surf Beat" was recorded on October 13, 1964.

Tchaikovsky Rides Again dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

The marvelous Titans give us their reinterpretation of a classic Tchaikovsky melody. Much less interesting than most of their instros, yet stands up very well among their peers.

The Other Side Of A Record dotdotdot
Dark Fuzz (Instrumental)

Decidedly inspired by the British R&B bands, "The Other Side Of A Record" sports harmonica, fuzz, and an infectious rhythm. The lead guitar is reverbed and just slightly post surf. More of a jam than a song really, yet very cool.