Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Strictly Instrumental Vol 1dotdotdot
artworkAnother fine slice of Americana from the backwoods to the beach, with some surf, some riff rock, and some tasty morsels for the adventurous or obscuro fan.
Picks: Outa Tune, Downshiftin', Bandstand Rocket, Chicken, Don't Call Me Flyface, Spitfire, Rockin' Hall, Fast Track, Road Block, Ce'ny, Vibrations, Tranquilizer Boogie, Rock-A-Mo part 1, Round Rock Boogie, Chicken Rock, Devil's Run, Ghost Train, Ducks Flying Backwards, Dancin' Little Thing, Torpedo, Rampage, High Time, Teen Rock, Workout, Talking Crickets, Scramble, Wild Cat, Beatnik, The Robot, All Keyed Up

Track by Track Review


Outa Tune dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Outa Tune" is a mighty spirited guitar boogie, a standard progression with a mess of energy and great drums, including a solo more intricate than most from the fifties. Solid strong guitar tone and band attack.

Downshiftin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Downshiftin'" sports much tension between lead and rhythm, with a lead that is slightly surf reverbed, and the riff is much like many lesser surf single, and with the second guitar whammy, this is right where the line between rock and surf gets foggy. A great find. The Ree-Gents were likely from upstate New York.

Bandstand Rocket dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A typical fifties rocker, a jammin' boogie without a melody, this time enhanced by shoutin' and cheer-leadin'... Plenty of energy.

Chicken dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With reverb on the lead and a fuller sound, this is like one of those chicken bop singles had it been done by a surf band. It's got the springs, the surf tone, and a very cool country feel. Think bantams on boards.

Don't Call Me Flyface dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

OK, I give. Why would you call someone "flyface"? It seems to me that this jams just fine as a fifties rocker, lot's of spunk, a nifty progression, and no melody.

Spitfire dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Talk about your small label rockers, Harold and Bob scream and shout while they play your basic progression. Spunk without form.

Rockin' Hall dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Almost surf sounds created by the echo on the lead guitar. The lead riff is almost melodic. The backtrack clearly cries out in fifties small combo style. Way fun, but fairly nondescript.

Fast Track dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

So, the magic question is, just how many bands have used the moniker Sting Rays? I'll bet it's in the hundreds at least. This is a fast moving freight train drivin' monster, with excellent damped rhythm guitar, something like the Fendermen might have done.

Road Block dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Chord progressions, one note jams... just a noise and power thrash.

Ce'ny dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Twangy almost melodic riff rock, with tuff drum action, and intensity of intent. Definitely country tinged, but also nearly coastal. A cool little number, like maybe Eddie Angel would dig.

Vibrations dotdot
Fifties Piano (Instrumental)

Choppy chunky fifties piano/sax instro.

Tranquilizer Boogie dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Mostly just a damped rhythm, in a standard boogie format.

Rock-A-Mo part 1 dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Intense thick vibrato guitar and nasty sax playing a repetitious fifties jam. The shimmer of the main body of the song almost overcomes it's repetitive nature.

Round Rock Boogie dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

The Rel-Yea's "Round Rock Boogie" has been comp'd several times before. It's an interesting track, typically theirs in style. A boogie riff with an Eddie Cochran feel to it. . The band was from the Midwest.

Chicken Rock dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A nasty barnyard bad guy chicken bopper, with the gnarly sax and almost twangy guitar. The nearly "Surfin' Bird" vocal cries of "Rock" add a meanness to the piece.

Devil's Run dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a kida surfy riff rocker with rich low-E tonality, giving it a mean edge. While not adventurous or even melodic, it seems to capture something. The break is very rockabilly. Dark and nasty, chord progression rumble rock, just waitin' for beef and a melody.

Ghost Train dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Not a cover of the Swanks' more familiar piece, this instead is a country shuffle with train whistle lap steel and an infectious rhythm. It's not very melodic, but it is fun.

Ducks Flying Backwards dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Twangy country jammin' and riffin', with a nearly surf tone lead guitar. It's mighty enjoyable, despite it's lack of a melody. The fun and spirit are obvious. The sax break is a fitting change to this guitar oriented rhythm track.

Dancin' Little Thing dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Just a grodie low-E pounder with lots of solid drum action. The pre-surf guitar tone hints of the genre to come.

Torpedo dotdotdot
Near Surf (Instrumental)

Another band name that has been used and used... this is not the surf band. "Torpedo" is an almost aquatic number based on a riff and some reverb. It's pretty cool, and with the occasional double picking and echoed guitar, it's right in line for morphing into a surf tune.

Rampage dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Nowhere near enough drive for the title, but definitely a rocker of the fifties variety, more one note stuff and no melody.

High Time dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

"High Time" sports a nifty riff and extreme echo, but quickly renders its quaintness to its repetition.

Teen Rock dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Chunk backwoods sub Link Wray power jammin'. Mighty twangy and thick.

Workout dotdotdot
R&B (Instrumental)

This is a fast R&B based workout on guitar, with lots of noodling picking, showing off, and drum solo activity. Mostly a jam. This is Art Fisher's pre Challengers band.

Talking Crickets dotdotdot
Pre Surf Chunk (Instrumental)

I don't know if this is the same Off-Beats that Craig Cahill fronted, but the grodie progression and sax use seem to be fitting for surf period instros of a non-surf variety, with a sixties organ and damped rhythm guitar. A cool track.

Scramble dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A nifty lead line, and an infectious rhythm coupled with excellent drum power evidence themselves on this fifties workout.

Wild Cat dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

The lead guitar here sounds pretty surfy in that jam sorta way, with a fifties progression and some reverb. It'll fit your surf set just fine. The Fender twang is evident, along with a walking bass line.

Beatnik dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This tune depends on the gimmicky choked notes between chord riffs to sparkle your senses. It's very catchy and very simple. Though it's fairly tame, it's still an excellent track.

The Robot dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf chunk progressional repetition with round reverby guitar and a non-Euro characteristic tone. This Belgian band also issued "Buddha" c/w "Kana Kapila." The Czech word for slave was robota, from which came the word robot. Pretty nifty.

All Keyed Up dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A riffin' fifties jammin' shuffle. Fun, but unimaginative.