Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfer's Mood IIdotdotdotdot
artworkVolume two collects more excellent slabs of mostly moody often mean surf instros.
Picks: Rumble On The Docks, Banzai, Kami-Kaze, Surf Breakers, 502, Butterfingers, Squirt, Flip Side, Ghost Wave, The Last Race, Rip Tide, Surf Walk, The Wipeout, Fiberglass Jungle, Driftin'

Track by Track Review


Rumble On The Docks dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is just about as mean as it gets. Guttural, deep low-E lead riffs, and a real feeling of dangerous confrontations about to happen. Great reverb, evil tones, and forlorned sax. This is of of those tracks that you just need. This LA band self released this on their own Safari label.

Banzai dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Banzai" c/w "Daybreak" was the Baymen's only single. It's a choppy chunky cool tune that's percussive in nature. A really great lost obscuro.

Kami-Kaze dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Paul Johnson's "Kami-Kaze" never sounded quite this mean. It was released before the Belairs issued their original. From the "Japanese" cry of "Here come the Kami-Kaze" to the surf rhythm guitar and evil crash chords, to the melodic PJ riffs, this is just plain garage charming raw.

Surf Breakers dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Basic riff rock with reverb and open chord twang. Dirty, spunky, but unmelodic. Much more thunder than rain. It's the "Jet Steam" band with a similarly inclined track, rhythmic and muddy, and with a rolling infectious riff.

502 dotdotdot
Rhythm Surf (Instrumental)

This is club progression sorta tune, no melody, and a bunch of shoutin'. The surf guitar is quite buried in the mix, and borrows from the Novas' "The Crusher" and "Miserlou" in spots. Rhythmic, and slightly infectious. Probably great at a frat party. The whole title is "Like Getting Pinched On A 502."

Butterfingers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Now, there's a band name for you. It fits their sound, crunchy and percussive. The melody is a great little riff played in damped reverb chop attacked strings. Totally excellent. The liner notes say that the Crunchendoes were formed by Chuck Rio of the Champs. This is totally excellent.

Squirt dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the other track from the "warehouse," and shows the continuing influence of Paul's balancing of instruments to create a sense of ensemble, rather than a band to support a lead player, another difference that emerged between Paul and Eddie. This is an interesting track, full of energy and guts.

Flip Side dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Rumbles were a Council Bluffs band founded in 1962. "Flip Side" is the obvious titled flip side of their "Wail It" single. It features a damped lead which delivers an infectious melody over a round and rolling backtrack. Right from the whammied opening chord, this fine track captures your heart. Great landlocked surf.

Ghost Wave dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Vistas of "Moon Race" c/w "No Return" fame issued this single in the early sixties. It has the same caliber of performance and sound. Rhythmic and infectious surf, great riff, and crisp playing. The piano is spectacular!

The Last Race dotdotdot
Hit Clone (Instrumental)

Speaking of studio lizards, Jack Nitzsche had a major AM hit with his low-E guitar and orchestra studio creation "The Lonely Surfer." This is just like that... a spinoff of the same idea. Jack Nitzsche was a producer. This is an interesting track for a few spins, but it is very derivative. This was the theme to the Village Of The Giants I think.

Rip Tide dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra tasty damped reverb rhythm guitar, distant lead, and a very moody melody. Sorta high school prom music for the surf set. Cutesy without being annoying. Odd production and saucy sax.

Surf Walk dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Mean R&Based grodie surf from one of the great mystery bands of the LA scene. Tuff surf-n-soul for the graveyard surfer. This excellent 1963 track was the B-side to "Woody Wagon." I've only talked to one person who actually saw Manuel & the Renegades live, but many remember "Rev Up" thundering out of their car radio on KRLA and KFWB.

The Wipeout dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Spooky almost funky surf, based on an excellent riff and whammy. Despite its simplicity, this really works to keep you hooked. The lead is echoed and maybe also reverbed. The long decay on the lead is really Link Wray like, except not raspy.

Fiberglass Jungle dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A gentle wave rippling at the shore chord opens to a totally ominous low-E grinder, with evil sax from the twins Kaplan-Volman a.k.a. Flo and Eddie, thundering bass from Chuck Portz, rhythmic tribal drums from Don Murray, and utterly incredible Al Nichol guitar work. This is a must-have surf MONSTER!

Driftin' dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This very pretty sinewy slithery flat water lagoon track is quite nice. Dave Myers' knack for melody and precise playing is evident throughout.