Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfin' Californiadotdotdot
artworkThis is an ultra budget pack, available for under $5 buck if you look around. It's all material from the Del-Fi vaults. What's a big surprise is the inclusion of a previously unheard alternate arrangement of the Surfmen's "Ghost Hop."
Picks: Wipe Out, Ghost Hop, Impact, Moment Of Truth, The Pipe, Bullwinkle Part II, Rhythm Surfer, Surfer's Delight (Surf Party), Surf Beat, Surfari

Track by Track Review


Wipe Out dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This required repertoire number has been covered and covered, and then covered some more. No one does it like Ron Wilson. Still, this is a serviceable rendition.

Ghost Hop dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a completely different take of this song, slow and sludgy, with an obviously developmental arrangement. It ends short, with the engineer stopping the tape, whistling, and saying "let's try it one more..." "Ghost Hop" sports a great melody riff, but in this arrangement, it's pretty weak. Still, this is history. Where the track came from is a mystery. Since it was licensed from Bob Keene at Del-Fi, it makes you wonder how many other gems lie undiscovered in his closet?

Impact dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Cool tom-tom action, low down sax, and a simple progression on the guitar - sounds like an R&B number with reverb. Quite alluring.

Moment Of Truth dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dave's interpretation of the Original Surfaris masterpiece "Moment Of Truth" is nothing short of essential listening. What Dave does with it transforms it from a stomp on demand surf obscuro to a melodic rolling almost entirely new song. The melody has been embellished, and the whole sense of rhythm has been replaced with something so infectious that it is irresistible. The use of tenor sax gives it a near-jazz element that adds to the mystery. This remains among my all-time favorite surf tracks.

The Pipe dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In many ways, this is a sequel to their "Exotic," with the intense double picking and almost cha cha backtrack. It is a little less melodic, for sure, but it is really fiery and powerful.

Bullwinkle Part II dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This unusual track was featured prominently in the cult film Pulp Fiction, which thrust this otherwise little know band into the frontal lobes of the American conscience. The track is oddly structured, and very cool. I like the rawness of the original better, but the sense of ensemble here leaves this to be the over all fave.

Rhythm Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Another pleasant listening excursion into the obscure and not particularly great. It just doesn't stand up to the caliber of "Pintor." the piano carries the lead while the rhythm guitar plays a damped by unreverbed line. Mostly a jam.

Surfer's Delight (Surf Party) dotdot
Hollywood Surf (Instrumental)

This track is a basic frat party anthemic dance number, sax oriented, R&B flavored, and rhythmic.

Surf Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A less gutty sound than the Dick Dale original, but a cool track anyway.

Surfari dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Original Surfaris' "Surfari" is a really cool high energy number that has been only narrowly circulated and covered even more rarely. It has a bunch of energy, great low-E double picked leads and a solid helping of hooks. Great track