Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Strictly Instrumental Vol 5dotdotdot
artworkAnother great slab of late fifties/early sixties instrumentals. This series just keeps getting better and better.
Picks: Fearless, Where Yo Is, Barb Wire, Typhoons Twist, Rebel Rock, Rockelene, Call It A Day, See-Saw, Toy Guitar, Here Comes The Fuzz, 2 + 2, Untitled, The Other Place, Dragon Walk, Scorpion, The Aztec Rock, Stockade Rock, Blast Off, Ketchy, Left Overs, Scorpion, Cruisin', Impact, Moon Shot, Thunder Wagon, Moonshine, Fireball Mail, Hawaiian War Chant, Jive Note, Amnesia

Track by Track Review


Fearless dotdotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

This is your basic rockabilly progression riff rocker, except that the two guitars do a duet, one on the high-E and one on the low-E, both vibratoed. The net result is a really mean and spooky tune worth seeking out.

Where Yo Is dotdot
Rockabilly (Instrumental)

Piano roll rockin' primitive churn-o-matic Las Vegas grind kinda stuff, but more guitar... The moron speak overdubbed is pretty dumb. The bongos are a nice touch.

Barb Wire dotdot
Near Surf Sax (Instrumental)

Nasty sax... no melody, just a succession of long sax notes almost on the mark over what is otherwise essentially a near-surf backtrack. It's interesting once.

Typhoons Twist dotdot
Sax Rock (Instrumental)

There's no shortage of mediocrity here... amateur fifties garage instro fair, no melody, just some honks and a chunka chunka beat with plinky piano.

Rebel Rock dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Guitar riff rock, fifties progressional filler... not interesting, and very muddy.

Rockelene dotdotdot
Cowboy Boogie (Instrumental)

This is a fun and infectious cowboy boogie, damped and fun, with a grin about it and a slaphappy upright bass. It's pure period stuff, and it's definitely cool.

Call It A Day dotdotdotdot
Cowboy Boogie (Instrumental)

This great track is the same melody riff as a country piece I can't place at the moment. It's a fine little infectious riff, backed with hand claps captured with decent sound. The beat is cool, the rhythm catchy, and the guitar tone round and rockin'. Excellent!

See-Saw dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This has uses the main melody riff from "Hippy Hippy Shake," but I suspect there's no connection on either end. The plucking is cool against the saxes, and the R&B nature of the structure is appealing.

Toy Guitar dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

This delicate country pickin' tune rolls off the speakers with a front porch afternoon sound. A rhythmic revenuer avoidance kinda thing.

Here Comes The Fuzz dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Repeated chords interrupted by whammy and great drums, not unlike the Avantis' "Devil Surfer." Not quite surf, but surely pre-surf.

2 + 2 dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Dull and crude chord progression B-Side rock.

Untitled dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Not those Deltones, but a rockin' playful little number from some backwoods shack. Infectious, and without a name. The false fade out is nifty.

The Other Place dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A million bands were called the Jokers... well maybe not that many. This piano boogie rolls off the keys infectiously, but without a melody just doesn't develop enough.

Dragon Walk dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

Nasty sax and reverbed growling guitar, and a mean riff. The nasty extreme vibrato in the bridges is very cool and unusual, almost like the Carnations' "Scorpion." It's not melodic, but it's primal and raw, with a throbbing magnetism.

Scorpion dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This incredibly cool pre surf tune sports an infectious lead riff and guitar twang, with a relentless progress about it, and a hint of the Champs' "Tequila." I've played this a million times, and it's always satisfying. Its relentlessness and catchy riff, along with the cowbell, are just wonderful. It's a must have early guitar instro.

The Aztec Rock dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This basic rockin' guitar instro doesn't have the expected Indian beat or rhythm. It sports a more oom-paw-paw kinda beat with a gutty guitar played softly.

Stockade Rock dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Plinky piano and Texas guitar instro fare, fun and very twangy. In some ways, the writing is almost Shadows or Joe Meek like. A tight little number with a madman on the piano.

Blast Off dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This 1959 track sports a cool guitar, choked and stroked into submission over a standard b-side beat. Infectious and very fun.

Ketchy dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This isn't the British band, but rather is an American band using organ under a nearly surf guitar with a piano plinking away in the back. The sax break is stylish without being invasive or dominant.

Left Overs dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Extreme echo on the whole track, buried in murky muddy sound. It's OK, 'cus there's nothing you could confuse with a melody, just a nasty progression loudly amped.

Scorpion dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is a primitive rendering of the Carnations' tune. Crudely recorded, much less infectious, yet full of primitive garage energy. This is the guy that wrote the tune, so maybe this was a demo. In his hands, it doesn't reach its potential, yet sports promise.

Cruisin' dot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is just a country boogie with a quirky guitar line. Without the hook, it would go nowhere at all. Just OK.

Impact dotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

A nifty little riff rolls across a surf beat with ample twang, but the sound is so grossly marginal that the band might as well be across the street. Too bad, it coulda been really interesting.

Moon Shot dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Kind of a "Bongo Rock" arrangement, with mostly uninteresting drum solos.

Thunder Wagon dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

What a nifty guitar riff. Unfortunately, it's milked to death. The sax is raw, and the beat relentless. OK, so it's fun and infectious in a garage sorta way with its Lee Hazelwood "Movin'" guitar riffs.

Moonshine dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Country vibrato twango, rhythmic with a train shuffle beat. Mighty fun, but also pretty muddy. Not very melodic, but still cool.

Fireball Mail dotdotdot
Pre Surf Country (Instrumental)

Johnny Cash meets Duane Eddy at the OK Coral. Big guitar twang, formula "Rebel Rouser" structure, and a Southern feel. Nice track.

Hawaiian War Chant dotdotdot
Pre Surf Rock (Instrumental)

The waves crash on the shore, the big twang guitar plays the melody line, the raw sax grumbles beside it, and the bongos add a cool island flavor. This is a pretty cool arrangement, almost in the same league as the Halibuts. Great fun.

Jive Note dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Basic dance party fare, with cool guitar and a back woods rockin' riff played with flair and style. Great Jerry Lee Lewis style piano.

Amnesia dotdotdot
Pre Surf Rock (Instrumental)

Extra cool vibrato guitar, playing a familiar riff with grinning flair. The slides are fun, and the beat infectious.