Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Songs Man Or Astro-MAN? Taught Us Volume 2dotdotdot
artworkVolume two is just seven tracks long, five of which are instros.
Picks: The Chancellors - Mach One, The Deadly Ones - There's A Creature In The Surfer's Lagoon, The Phantoms - XL-3

Track by Track Review


The Chancellors - Mach One dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Simulated hot rod engine sounds from the guitars, a flying double picked lead that's slightly reverbed, and a simple progression that is made palatable by the changes used to break the sameness. The first verse is double picked, the second lets the sax play lead, the third is single picked, then back through the changes to flying double picked finale. This is a quite a nice find.

The Deadly Ones - There's A Creature In The Surfer's Lagoon dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

This short introductory spaghetti western theme is spiffy, to say the least. It sports the required Italian twang coupled with modern edge. It's all of 42 seconds long, but has a lasting and powerful attack.

Neil Norman - War Of The Satellites dotdot
Space Ventures (Instrumental)

Neil has a penchant for gimmicky sci-fi soundtrack music. That approach does nothing to save the Ventures' childish arrangement of Danny Hamilton's quirky song.

The Phantoms - XL-3 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Raw high powered reverb rockin' space surf, with lots of reverb. The melody is minimal but effective, and the power obvious. Only the cheesy chorus detracts, and even that has an innocent garage charm about it.

The Revels - Intoxica dotdotdot
Alcohol Drenched Rock (Instrumental)

This track sports the same sort of laughter and brew sounds that "Church Key" sports, but is less interesting. It's a fine tune, of course, but this is a pretty slow version, and relatively uninspired, though the sax if quite hot.