Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Spaghettidotdotdotdot
artworkIntended as a spaghetti western compilation, this CD is a mixed blessing of sorts, including both the best modern spaghetti western track ever (the Hellbenders' "Have A Nice Funeral My Friend") and some of the most boring dribble on disc. Most comps are like this, some good, some not so good. Overall, this is a good release of 15 tracks. All are instrumental, except for the Daytonas, who deliver a fun vocal called Baked Beans and Chicken. It wisely includes Pollo Del Mar's spectacular "Playa Pistola." Within the little bumps of the shiny silver disc, you will find a broad cross sectional selection of Enio Morricone influenced music. The desirability ranges from essential to ho-hum. Overall, this is a good concept and a solid CD.
Picks: Outlaw Kill, Have A Nice Funeral My Friend, Bandito Mexicano, The Larry Storch Trilogy, A Fistful Of Pasta, 40 Miles To Vengeance, Los Diablos, Playa Pistola, Cactus, El Nino, Mesa, Bitch, El Loco de la Sierra, There's A Pale Moon

Track by Track Review

Outlaw Kill dotdot
Spaghetti Mung (Instrumental)

This is a thick and unusual arrangement of For A Few Dollars More. It's got thick muddy sound, organ groaning, fuzz guitar, Hellfire groans, and a thick mix that is almost cacophonous. It's not even a little listenable, unless you're into noise bands.

Have A Nice Funeral My Friend dotdotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

There simply is no better spaghetti western recording than this. The melody is perfect genre picturesque, the guitar tone is splendidly pasta drenched, and the rhythm section delivers a remarkably effective cowboys with cigars rolling beat. Even the use of distortion seems right in place. This is as infectious as they come. When is this band going to release a full album?

Bandito Mexicano dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Western themes abound in the melody and the rhythm section. The melody is fluid and soundtrack oriented. The backtrack is thick and thundering. A solid track.

The Larry Storch Trilogy dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

This fine instro drives home the spaghetti western ethic, using rolling percussion and a solid melody. It has the sadness and the beat, and all the dry air required for the genre. The guitar tone compliments the melody well.

A Fistful Of Pasta dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Vocal)

This is a very slow mood piece, with haunting guitar tone, wind blowing through the dark, a Mexican twanged melody, and a splendid sense of a boot hill scene sequence. Three minutes in, a shot is fired, a horse whinnies, and a song breaks out. No drums, just guitar and bass, and the wind. This is refreshingly different and very well done. Great track.

40 Miles To Vengeance dotdotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Those wonderful boys from Tuscaloosa chunk out a surfy trail drive song. This is twangy, and in-genre. The melody is fluid, as all their material tends to be, and the addition of country jangle chord accompaniment is a nice touch. Makes you wanna ago to the dude ranch. This is a really pretty and fluid kinda song, with tough whammy and a mystic melody line. To call it friendly is an understatement. Its rich arrangement and fluid playing portray a sad day at Waimea. haunting and beautiful.

Los Diablos dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Gunshots, galloping rhythms, and a cool pulsing electronic groan, all under spaghetti chords and whammy. This is just too cool. Fun and playful, and mostly a progression of pulsing beats and twang. The addition of the whistling is perfect. Nifty.

Playa Pistola dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track is really cool. It has a rolling beat and shimmering twang. More "surfy"than most PDM tracks, this has a pretty trad melody and structure. It is very infectious, and I suspect it will endure in your collection. The sax adds an extra bonus, creating even more surf ethos. Very cool!

Cactus dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Whistle (Instrumental)

On the strength of a strong recommendation from Allen Whitman of the Mermen, I invited Brazil 2001 to play for us at Humunga Cowabunga in December '95. They were awesome, and wowed the whole room! I used the intro and outro from that show, but the track comes from radio performance in early '96. This is a stellar band on their way to Billboard's top ten I'm sure. Look for a signing soon.

El Nino dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

The Falcons veer to left into the O. K. Corral, away from their Shadows clone sound and into the rigatoni pasture. This has a very pretty melody, and Italian theme sound. An excellent track, though not representative sound wise of their usual work.

Mesa dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

One of those bands that have been lurking in the shadows forever deliver a thumpy and melodic Austin kinda track, with more emphasis on the cowboys than the bars. The melody is quite attractive, and the thump is pulsingly fun. Good track.

Bitch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody doesn't suggest the title. This is a very fine song, more suited to a "Big Day At Pleasure Point" kinda title, with a mid tempo pace and a slightly sad sound. This seems to sneak immediately into your gut with a melodic and emotional sound and melody. A great track.

El Loco de la Sierra dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

With haunted grunts a la Enio Morricone, low gutty guitar riffs, whistling, and sound effects, this is a fine parody of the genre. It's just too long, because it seems never to really change or grow.

There's A Pale Moon dotdotdot
Spaghetti Western (Instrumental)

Shimmering guitar, minimal melody, sad organ, and haunting production add up to a much better track than the opener. Not melodic, definitely sequence material, but listenably entertaining, and in keeping with the CD's theme.