Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfer's Stomp: 20 Surfin' Souvenirsdotdot
artworkThis is a not very interesting comp from 1988. All of the instros are available on CD, except for the Soul Surfers' Cannon Ball.
Picks: Power Shift, Ski Storm - Part I, Burnin' Rubber, Rendezvous Stomp, Cannon Ball, Twin Pipes, Mag Wheels

Track by Track Review

Power Shift dot
Formula Rock (Instrumental)

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

Ski Storm - Part I dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Snow Men cut this single on for Kim Fowley who licensed it out to Challenge in 1963. "Ski Storm - Part I" is rhythmic and poundy, with a bitchin' riff and great energy. The drums rock, the piano is ultra cool, and the riff, while straight forward and simple, is very effective.

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.

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.

Cannon Ball dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This is a surf wannabe version of "Wabash Cannonball." Aside from vibrato guitar, it's not very surfy at all. More like Duane Eddy hoping for a glimpse of Malibu as seen through the lens of the beach party movies. It's not awful, just not very surf.

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.

Mag Wheels dotdot
Dry Hot Rod (Instrumental)

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