Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfin' Sundaysdotdotdotdot
artworkWhat a great CD! 23 great bands doing wonderful things, some from readily available releases, some from private issues, some available for the first time anywhere, and some remastered to great effect. All varied styles, all wonderful. It's been lovingly mastered by super surf supporter and all around nice guy Jay hector. The CD is a benefit for the Surfing Museum at Huntington Beach. There is one surf-punk vocal track by the Immortals.
Picks: The Bells Of St. Kahuna, Alaki, The Blue Rider (remix), Surfin' Spooks, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, Johnny's Nose Ride, Surf Del Scorcho, Hey Andy, J-Bay, Shark Attack, El Nino, Narcosis, Flamin' Eddie's Dragstrip, Night Of The Tikis, Storm Dancer, Scratchin' and Twistin', Kamikaze, Persistence Of Surf, Death Surf 2000, Hurricane Surf, Tahiti 96, Hombre De Palabra, Road To Blackies

Track by Track Review


The Bells Of St. Kahuna dotdotdotdot
Ripping Surf (Instrumental)

Ringing notes mislead you into a shreddin' track with rippin' glissandoes and pounding drums. The glissandoes down get much faster than this!

Alaki dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chord driven highly rhythmic music, with tropical snare use, and an infectious sound. It's like a backtrack waiting for a vocal, yet it is strong enough to survive without a lead or melody through out most of the track. The lead guitar in the break is mostly noodlie, not really a melody. OK, but the fact is, this is really a cool track, infectious and magnetic. The downsides are overcome by a really unusual sound that grabs you right in your grin generator. A solid and very listenable track.

The Blue Rider (remix) dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow sinewy melody line over a nice counter melody and soothing rhythm section. It beckons like a small island off Baja on a war spring afternoon while the waves gently lick at the shore. Imagery... yes! Very pretty song. Among the best in the set. This is a remix of their CD track.

Surfin' Spooks dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Ultra reverby, garagie progression surf. The melody is not memorable, but is quite typical of lessor singles of bygone eras. The energy is high, and the delivery is frat-like, though the playing is much better than that would imply. A cool track for your next alcohol binge party.

Invasion Of The Body Snatchers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is an ambient recording of Davie live, and is the first capturing his new bass player Carmen Hillabrew. As always, it's heavy, fuzzy, precise, and great. This is one of the songs that Davie cut for Chris Ashford in the early eighties, a great song indeed. Melodic, almost military cadence, and edge plus.

Johnny's Nose Ride dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is from their CD, and is a great melodic track with ample power and style. It's catchy, energetic, and very well played. This highly melodic and catchy tune is splendidly played by one of the most authentic vintage surf styled bands around. The writing is excellent, the structure is perfect, and the performance is great. The Eliminators write and play music that oozes joy and optimism. They are among my favorite modern trad bands.

Surf Del Scorcho dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Warbly whammy grungy guitar, and a noodlie melody line provide the voice for this solid track. The melody is less than memorable, but the track is solid, and the structure is postsurf rock instro, but is underpinned by neosurf sensibilities. Their other material is better, in my opinion. Enjoyable party at the beach music.

Hey Andy dotdotdotdot
Country Fun (Instrumental)

This is a great outtake from their album. It's a happy nearly acoustic country bumpkinesq song inspired by Andy Griffith, and that should give you an idea of it's sound. Very fun track. No surf to it, but wonderful listening. This is among the most unusual bands around, and a fave of mine.

J-Bay dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Well, there are few bands on the scene that better span the times of surf than Tom Stanton's amazing Surf Kings. This whammy bar monster is moderately paced, infectious, and features Tom's signature writing style and guitar sound. Inspired to pick up the surf guitar after decades between his stint in the Crossfires and seeing the Mermen, Tom has been quietly creating a whole new sound. Stellar! This is the same track as on Reef Madness, but it has been dramatically enhanced.

Shark Attack dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sea breaks on the shore as this spy ethic instro opens. The pound and percussion is the thing here. A chunky backtrack, a pumping lead, and a very user friendly overall sound. The guitar lines blend modern and trad styles, from compressed chunk and tone to glissandoes and reverb. A solid track, and an original corner of the surf continuum.

El Nino dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Loungie bongos, mariachi canteena ambiance, Mexican party cries, and fluid lead guitar come together over a "Tijuana Taxi" (Pretenders) feel. This is alone on the horizon, and very effective. The track seems to worm its way into your psyche without any resistance. Very nice, lads.

Narcosis dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Kelp are a highly unusual band. They have a different sound, and write different songs... different in many ways, structure, arrangement, melody lines, etc. This is among their more unusual, melodic, interesting, and infectious. This was recorded live at KFJC on August 2nd, 1997 when Bernard Yin and Brazil 2001 brought them into our studio for the first time. I produced it direct to 2 track DAT.

Flamin' Eddie's Dragstrip dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This long time Insect Surfers standard includes fine guitar tones, grodie fuzz and smooth fluid playing, an infectious melody, and that typically insect idea of surf instro. It's hard to not like this band, and harder to not love their music. This is more edgy and hot rod like than other tracks from them, but is so wonderful, chunky, rhythmic, and totally cool.

Night Of The Tikis dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sometimes I like this band, other times I don't. Their guitar oriented material is more interesting toi me. THis is an orgabn lead track, with a chucnky distorted and reverbed guitar carrying a relentless line. It seems to be mostly a dark mood setter, but not much of a melody. It does sport fun tribal grunts and lots of chunk.

Storm Dancer dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the best numbers John has written. Very hot and infectious.

Scratchin' and Twistin' dotdot
Hillbilly Stomp (Instrumental)

I continue to have difficulty getting interested in the Hillbilly Soul Surfers. This is an unremarkable rockabilly stomp. "Scratchin' and Twistin'" is not typical of their recordings, being much less surfable and much more Eddie Angel stomp-ish.

Kamikaze dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale noodling and showoff stuff, turned into a melody. It shows what Dick could have done with the riff, but didn't. Too bad it's so derivative of Dick's riff, because that sorta gets in the way of an otherwise splendid track. Energetic, and way fun.

Persistence Of Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A brand new cut of this song from the darlings of the homecoming dance. This is the best they've done to date. I love these ladies dearly, as if they were my very own daughters, and there is lies their ability to hook you no matter home simple they get. They are always honest and unpretentious, except in a high school play way, where you love 'em because of how pure it all is. Magnetic performance through honest personas.

Death Surf 2000 dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Chord wham, fuzzola riffola, progression dominated, and garagie. It hints of promise, but it lacks a melody of any consequence, but unlike Link Wray's material it is not so well delivered that it matters not how unmelodic it is. It is a hot high energy performance, and it does sport a ton of edge.

Hurricane Surf dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dribbling lead guitar lines and a solid backtrack with a bluesy sax come together is a not very surfy track that has a way of being likable without being intrusive. It would support surf footage well. Nice guitar work in the break.

Tahiti 96 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Yikes! This track finally sees release, and it's about time. Bernard Yin has the knack of writing brilliantly simple and unique powerhouse instros, and this grinding assault is right up there with "One Note Samba" (Jobim) or "PCH."

Hombre De Palabra dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tropically Polynesian, melodic, fluid, and very pretty. The lap steel and ukulele are perfect support instruments for the Mexican-surf lead guitar. It's a mid tempo number that is very pleasing, but then it is the Halibuts, isn't it. They can do no wrong.

Road To Blackies dotdotdot
Surf Jazz (Instrumental)

A smooth jazzy track, less road like and more lazy afternoon like. Pretty and enjoyable. From their CD.