Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surf and Drag Vol. 1dotdotdot
artworkEight relative obscuros from the tapes, most notably Gene Moles' "Burnin' Rubber" and the Royal Coachmen's "Loophole." You might remember them from the garage ballad "Mr Moon."

Vocals on this comp include "The Swim" (Don Brandon), "Bite Bite Barracuda" (Knickerbockers), "Four On The Floor" (Four Speeds), "Cheater Slicks" (Four Speeds), "Barefoot Adventure" (Four Speeds), "The Ballad Of Bonneville" (Don Brandon), "Mighty Mighty Barracuda" (Knickerbockers), "Muscle Bustle" (Donna Loren), "My Sting Ray" (Four Speeds), "R.P.M." (Four Speeds), "The Party Last Night" (Don Brandon), and redefining horrid is "Midsummer Night's Dream" (Jan and Dean).
Picks: Burnin' Rubber, Loophole, Rendezvous Stomp, Twin Pipes, 20,000 Leagues, Repeating, Power Shift, Mag Wheels

Track by Track Review


Burnin' Rubber dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Screaming dragsters and spirited surf guitar work with a melodic main riff and strong performances, together as is seldom heard in studio projects. The double picked bass is a very cool touch, but the organ is out of place. Cool track.

Loophole dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This exceptionally infectious surf track is way happy, and just shines with shallow string bending and slight reverb. This has appeared on several comps over the past few years. Mighty fine listening. The original release was on Challenge in 1964.

Rendezvous Stomp dotdotdot
Surf Stomp (Instrumental)

This is what I always think of when the term "stomp" comes up in surf conversation. It has a similar sound and feel to Bruce Johnston's "Original Surfers Stomp," but it's instro of course, and much more authentic. You can just see a line of surfers and bunnies doing the surfers stomp. Spunky.

Twin Pipes
Surf Stomp (Instrumental)

The frat jam opposite of "Burnin' Rubber," this is of no consequence, with no melody and just a chumpy beat.

20,000 Leagues dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Challenge single 59049 featured this low down surf sound with the sad and ominous sax wailing in the background. The guitar shines with vibrato. A simple and pleasurable song.

Repeating dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A soft spoken riff barely developed beyond frat jam, but with just enough hook in the break to keep it afloat, and a delicate surf sound. No where near as cool as "Loophole." The original issue was on Challenge in 1964.

Power Shift dot
Formula Rock (Instrumental)

Mindless studio jam riff rock, with no real personality in either sound or structure. Formula rock.

Mag Wheels dotdot
Dry Hot Rod (Instrumental)

This is a lame studio rendition of the track Dick Dale pummeled a bit later on.