Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfers Pointdotdotdotdot
artworkThis bootleg CD-R comp includes some previously uncomped tracks. It's half vocals mung and half real surf. The price is way too steep at $20, considering no one is being paid, but then there are gems here. Of note is the first appearance of Dave Marks and the Marksmen's cool "Sheriff Of Nottingham," the Road Runners' "Quasimoto," and the ever cool Lancers' "Baja," plus the Aussie rarity "Murphy The Surfie" from the Joy Boys.
Picks: Beach Head, Doheny Run, The Sheriff Of Noddingham, Ghost Wave, Quasimoto, Doheny Stomp, Baja, Groovy, The Truant, Murphy The Surfie

Track by Track Review

Beach Head dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the B-side to the Breakers' better known surf obscuro "Jet Stream." It's a basic surf riff, not particularly out of the ordinary, though it does seem to stick with you. Solid surf AABA tune, with plenty of energy and reverb.

Doheny Run dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Surf grind, chunky and reverbed, with raw sax and a groovy surf 'n' soul sound. Pumped up, and just melodic enough. "Doheny Run" relies on its guts to carry it passed the riff rock limitation. Great stuff.

The Sheriff Of Noddingham dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

David Marks called this his "cheap imitation of Dick Dale." Firebrand double picked peon to the King of the Surf Guitar. Lot's of fast picking, but little melody. It's pretty fun and spunky. "The Sheriff Of Noddingham" is first released on the Sindazed label, but it's been bootlegged before.

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!

Quasimoto dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The other side of the Road Runners single that appeared as a track on the London Records (and Sundazed CD) version of the Pyramids' album. This is the better track, heavily inspired by "Pipeline," but faster, more furious, and more manic. I always thought that some band with a lick of creativity should make a medley out "Pipeline" / "Quasimoto" / "Road Runnah" / "Pipeline." Anyway, this is a really good track, worth the price of admission all by itself. Pure surf from a sincere and lost band.

Doheny Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In 1963, before the Breakers cut "Jet Stream," they recorded this demo. Transferred to acetate, it has a lower fidelity sound than their single, but certainly no less energy. It possesses an honesty found in early formative tracks from bands. Its melody line is excellent, and the energy is infectious. Excellent track.

Baja dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This great raw version of Lee Hazelwood's' "Baja" just plain rocks. Extra crunchy, nearly dry guitars, and high energy are brandished with no remorse in this fine single. It's coarseness and in-the-red audio give it a loud sound. Long overdue for inclusion on one of these bootleg comps, the Lancers's dry and intense version is both raw and restrained. It remains one of my favorite covers of this tune after nearly forty years. Great stuff.

Groovy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Basic surf riffin', splashy reverb, chunky drums, damped plucking, and a jammy format. It owes its life to the Hollywood Tornadoes' "Bustin' Surfboards."

The Truant dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of the often mentioned obscuros. This progression based ripper features blinding pick action. It sports a major helping of high energy machine gun delivery.

Murphy The Surfie dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is the single the Surfaris covered. High spirited Aussie surf, infectious melody lines, and spunky playing. This is due out from the masters in a couple of months.