Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Collection: The Sun Of The Beach 1 - Surf Music
|This web only comp is mostly a combination of a couple of legit comps from years gone by with some added tracks. If you're looking for a slice of the last decade, this may serve as an intro, but is quite a ways from either the best or the most representative. Still, it plays well for the most part, though some tracks are poorly converted to mp3 - not noisy, just cut off sharply before their natural end.|
Picks: The Apemen - Pogo A Go-Go, The Aqua Velvets - Subterranea, The Bambi Molesters - Wanganui, Big Ray and the Futuras - Horrorscope, The Boss Martians - Continental Theme, The Cocktail Preachers - Rudy Can't Fail, The Coffin Daggers - Stella Vista, The Del-Vamps - Apollo, Estrume'n'tal - Sol Si Do Si Mi Re La, The Ghastly Ones - Surfin' Spooks, Hawaii Samurai - Batman Theme, Huevos Rancheros - Whiteout In Wyoming, Laika and the Cosmonauts - Out Of Limits, Lost Acapulco - El Caballo Del Diablo, Man or Astro-MAN - Jetson's Theme, The Mermen - The Drift, The Penetrators - Guns Don't Argue, Satan's Pilgrims - El Toro, Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Our Weapons Are Useless, The Slackmates - Saturation, Los Straitjackets - Kawanga!, Susan and the SurfTones - Baja, Tiki Tiki Bamboooos - Exotica, Los Twang! Marvels - Rippin Waves, Twin Tones - Nacion Apache, Xevi 50 - Out Sider
Track by Track Review
The Apemen - Pogo A Go-Go
Early reverbage from Holland's Apemen. Among their best early originals, "Pogo a Go-go" is chunky and quirky. The melody is fluid and way fun.
The Aqua Velvets - Subterranea
Sinewy sounds of the underground, mid tempo melodic spy theme, plinky sock hop rhythms, for the cave dwellers. Unusual, like a romantic scene for the C.H.U.D.
The Bambi Molesters - Wanganui
This version of "Wanganui" is all beefed up and sounding so tuff, with great twang and more surf chunk. The strong melody and fullness of the lead and guttiness of the rhythm bring a lot more power out of the song.
Big Ray and the Futuras - Horrorscope
Big hard driving surf and twang, well played and nicely written. The double picking is solid, as is the bass thunder. The melodic riff is friendly and a little unusual.
The Blue Stingrays - Monsoon
Melodic Shadows-like track with a rhythmic second guitar. Not very surfy, and pretty tame delivery. The crowd noise off of a noisy vinyl disc just annoys. This is not a cover of the Chantays great second single.
The Bomboras - Land of the One Percenters
Thick and grindy progressional riff rock, with organ and distorted guitar. Intensely energetic, but musically vacant. No melody.
The Boss Martians - Continental Theme
This is a tuff instro with a healthy debt owed to "Haulin' Honda." It has a similar main riff, but a different break and a much tougher surf sound. High energy and an infectious beat. A fine track.
The Cocktail Preachers - Rudy Can't Fail
Chicago's' very cool Cocktail Preachers give tribal percussion to "Rudy Can't Fail." The lack of much melody is made up for with varying arranging and splash. Rhythm dominated and interestingly picked.
The Coffin Daggers - Stella Vista
Surf Rock (Instrumental)
Big distorto twang and high energy drive the Coffin Daggers, and "Stella Vista" certainly displays their straight ahead approach. This rock instro is modern and hard driving. The melody is miles from the brine, but fluid nonetheless.
Teisco Del Rey - Pier Pressure
"Pier Pressure" is not as surfy as the title might imply, but it definitely rates as cool. Glissandos fly, notes splash, and the general bent is rolling break. Quite nice.
This sports a fine melody, and excellent playing. The power chords and the damped lead are quite nice, and the ambient recording doesn't detract too much.
Estrume'n'tal - Sol Si Do Si Mi Re La
Thick Intense Surf (Instrumental)
This is in the mold of last decade Austin meats Minneapolis... very strong and grindy, with no rest for the weary.
The Ghastly Ones - Surfin' Spooks
Ultra reverby, garagy progression surf. The melody is not memorable, but is quite typical of lessor singles of bygone eras. The energy is high, and the delivery is frat-like, though the playing is much better than that would imply. A cool track for your next alcohol binge party.
Hawaii Samurai - Batman Theme
Neil Hefty's TV theme is delivered more harshly than most covers of this song. Intense and loud and dangerous, and lacking the usual silliness of the song. Quite nice.
The Honkeys - The Wayback Machine
Fast and post surf garagy, "The Wayback Machine" uses fuzz and frat rock riffology, amped by screams and teenage angst. The end is a marvelous decay of feedback. The Honkeys raw garage attack is captured in demo sound.
Huevos Rancheros - Whiteout In Wyoming
RawLink WrayGarageRock (Instrumental)
My perennial Huevos Favora played incredibly well, but the recording is so weak...
Laika and the Cosmonauts - Out Of Limits
This is a decent cover, moderately interesting due to the Euro treatment, and the near grin on the faces of the band. The keys are just so cheesy.
Lost Acapulco - El Caballo Del Diablo
"El Caballo Del Diablo" is a haunting number with a bit of exotica and spatial booming kick drum. This simple number sports an engaging riff and catches your attention with it's percussion and moody ambiance. Very nice!
Man or Astro-MAN - Jetson's Theme
Big thick guitarology and a relentless big snare stomp beat sun beneath a minimal riff and dark rhythm. This is one of Man or Astro-MAN's more melodic tracks, but then again, it's a cover.
A drastically updated rendition of an early Mermen track, energetic, vibrating, surfy, and powerful.
The Penetrators - Guns Don't Argue
Spaghetti Surf (Instrumental)
Big whammy chord power, a strong beat, and impeccable drama from the lead component of the Southern Surf Syndicate. Exceptional arranging and surf sensibilities, but then it is the Penetrators, isn't it! Totally great!
Satan's Pilgrims - El Toro
This is a very tasteful cover of The Surfmen's "El Toro." It's very respectful and vintage sounding.
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Our Weapons Are Useless
Post Surf (Instrumental)
Slightly dissonant, "Our Weapons Are Useless" hints at cloak and dagger espionage, while displaying fluid playing and inventive motifs. Quite friendly and gutsy too.
The Slackmates - Saturation
Right down to the woo-woos way low in the mix... really period label space surf with a modern cleanness. Like the sort of thing Laika & the Cosmonauts might choose to cover if it were 30 years old. The spoken guitar lessen intro is almost funny, if you don't own any of the Play Guitar With The Ventures albums.
Los Straitjackets - Kawanga!
A re-recording of their Tour de Surf. In their impeccable way, Los Straitjackets use numerous bits of surf history - the "Wipe Out" drum break, touches of "Fun Fun Fun" and more under their usual twang. When others have done this, particularly the "Wipe Out" bit, it's been lees than effective, even annoying. but here, it's humorous and intriguing. Maybe it's the energy and grins they employ that makes the difference. Hillbilly surf, speedy with maximum drum action and a quirky little melody line. Great track.
Susan and the SurfTones - Baja
Low down and gritty approach with vibrato and very nice guitar interplay and textural contrasts.
Tiki Tiki Bamboooos - Exotica
This is a very reverby and reverent cover of the early Dave Myers and the Surftones' arrangement of Bruce Morgan's "Exotic." Tiki-Tiki Bamboooos replace the dry brashness of the Myers version with restrained wet reverb. It makes for quite a fine arrangement.
Los Twang! Marvels - Rippin Waves
How cool is this! The lead is sadly buried pretty far down, with the rhythm out from and dry playing a superbly infectious riff. The distance from the front of the lead gives this a haunted feeling.
Twin Tones - Nacion Apache
Cowboy Surf (Instrumental)
This is a superb track with big chord drama & galloping drums carrying a rich guitar melody in the western image vein. Slide, acoustic, and bass round out this stellar track. The double picked lines in the middle drip surf, especially as they transition between registers through a fine glissando.
Rock instro groove with rockabilly influences and roots sensibilities, like something from Austin on a hot day... very fun, with lots of furious guitar work. Nice track!