Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|Now, this is an amazing release, and it proves the point I've been making for over a decade. Someone with the right connections needs to seek out the vintage surf and instro releases from below the US border. From Baja to Tierra del Fuego, locals recorded and released instros with imagination and flair worth resurfacing. This comp includes 10 instros, half of which fit in the surf idiom well enough. Some brilliant tracks here. The vocal's are also quite interesting. It's all from vinyl sources, but the contents are priceless.|
Picks: Sueno Sicodelico, Past Verde, Angel, Apache 66, Holy's Psicodelicos, Psicodelico Desconocido, Te Quiero, Septima Patrulla, Empujando Furte, Moby Dick
Track by Track Review
Psychedelic Surf (Instrumental)
This is a radical rearrangement of the Sandals' "Scrambler." It sports surf guitar lead and weird electronic whirlings. From the opening weirdness, you know this is going to be a strange trip to remember. The melody is actually perfect for this psychedelic morphing. Howling guitars, reverb, sidebar keyboard adventures... all too much for your mirror. Very cool!
Small Rock Combo (Instrumental)
The melody to this organ number is from Trini Lopez's "What Have I Got Of My Own" (Herring-Sawtell). It's not even slightly surf related, but it's really cool in an innocent garage combo way. The organ is much like that of the early Country Joe & the Fish sessions. Extra cool.
Small Rock Combo (Instrumental)
Lacking the charm of "Past Verde," this is more a go-go track. It's melodic, but not memorable.
One of the more original arrangements of Jerry Lordan's best known works. Nothing like the Shadows tameness, this is based on the Jorgen Ingman version with plenty of surf reverb and cool picking effects, but does use some of the Shadow's phrasing. It shows what a little distance and creativity can do. The percussive attack and the throbbing vibrato verses add variety. Excellent power tom-toms, and cool drive.
Rock Combo (Instrumental)
This really awful recording shows a band heavily influenced by the Ventures and European melodies. The tune is melodic enough, and the delivery is very spirited, especially the drummer.
"Psicodelico Desconocido" is actually the Marketts' "Out Of Limits" grodied considerably, with major reverb and string swipe effects, and ultra echoed eerie weirdness. A muddy take with a moody and speedy band lurking in its dark corners. Nifty.
This Eurocentric surf based number is a melodic, fluffy, and pretty easy to listen to. It floats with watery effects, but just skirts the surf genre. Lots of echoplex, and a plucky southern Europe delivery.
Euro Garage Fuzz (Instrumental)
This is a much heavier track than others here, at least in parts. It sports a Euro lead guitar tone, and also uses heavy garage fuzz. The drums are splendid and the melody solid, with plenty of oomph in the delivery.
Surf Punk Rock (Instrumental)
Wow, this is a really cool thing. It's the Seeds' "Pushin' Too Hard" played with weird surf madness. Double picked, shortboard attack, and very cool keyboards right out of Jan Savage's backyard.
This fuzz drenched cover of Led Zeppelin's tune is heavy and intrusive, repetitive and thunderous. Late sixties psych with a twist of lemon.