Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Sundazed Sampler #2dotdotdot
artworkAs with their first sampler, this little promotional device is packed with coolness, amongst which you will find some vintage surfisms. You'll be saved by the Crossfires, drink with the Revels, worship with the Challengers, penetrate with the Pyramids, head to the beach with the Cornells. 22 tracks in all, including some material from CD's from the Music Machine, the E-Types (YES!), and the Vegetables. CD promo only.
Picks: Silver Bullet, Satan's Theme, Penetration, Beachbound, Intoxica

Track by Track Review

Silver Bullet dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the sax herald opening, you know it's gonna be the "William Tell Overture," and unlike other surf bands, this one is fronted by a pair of sax players, so... Chunky surf backtrack, and highly rhythmic. Fun.

Satan's Theme dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Unremarkable progression, a bit of double picking, some edgie guitar, and not much else.

Penetration dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of a handful of nationally successful surf single, this track has been covered more than "Miserlou," and in more varieties of rock styles. If you don't own this track, you have entered the surf idiom yet. This is one of the essential classics. The production is unusual and masterful, and the melody is simple and enduring. It spawned hundreds of covers, and is still quite infectious.

Beachbound dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with a whammy chord, this is a dry surf number, among the surfiest on the album. It's rhythm and riff orientation, accented by a wailin' sax break is prototypical surf single fare. A nice track. "Beachbound" was also released as "Ten Tons Of Wet" as by the Surf Riders on a Canadian label.

Intoxica dotdotdot
Alcohol Drenched Rock (Instrumental)

This track sports the same sort of laughter and brew sounds that "Church Key" sports, but is less interesting. It's a fine tune, of course, but this is a pretty slow version, and relatively uninspired, though the sax if quite hot.