Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfin Knots Vol 2dotdotdotdot
artworkVolume two is another fine slab of instros from all over the place.
Picks: The Legend of Hanau Eepe, Devil's Martini, Don't Fear The Reaper, Oasis Of Mara, Penetration, The Casbah, Fathomless, Poinciana, Border Town, Golden Sea, Exotic, The Agent Vs. The Mexican, Shadow Land, Paraffin Jungle, Lonely Surf Guitar, Fifty Foot Combo - The Legend of Hanau Eepe

Track by Track Review


The Legend of Hanau Eepe dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This mostly percussion track is exotica based, tiki spiced, poi flavored, and rhythmically powered. Big chord accents and a double picked melody line serve as a vehicle for the very cool drum work. The tiki torch is lit.

Devil's Martini dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Talk about liquid... this is awash with reverb, not of the lost at sea variety, but in a totally fluid way. This swims in whammy and shimmers in the shadow of the springs. It's a dramatic and moody piece with a melodic lead line and a real sense of the swell. The Dynotones appear to be from Orange, California.

Don't Fear The Reaper dotdotdotdotdot
Surf Sleaze (Instrumental)

I was wondering how long before someone did this... Very very cool indeed. I like it better before the pompous middle part, but, hey... This will knock you out!

Oasis Of Mara dotdotdotdotdot
Acoustic Surf (Instrumental)

The wind blows gently under this beautiful acoustic track. Spanish, sad, crisp, and very nice. Dick's acoustic playing really shows his skill well. I'd guess this would also be a monster of surf glory in full electric reverb. Simply perfect.

Penetration dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This cover of the Pyramids' "Penetration" is very surfy and reverent. Nothing new, just rock solid reverb laden first wave surf.

The Casbah dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with the old "There's A Place In France...." melody, this quickly yields to some double picking between the melody bits. Major fun must have been had cutting this track, as it seems to ooze exotic prurient joy. "Come With Me To The Casbah" was originally cut by Gaminiam and his Orientals.

Fathomless dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Totally infectious... rhythm oriented with killer tone and nice changes in both arrangement and tonality to keep it going. This is the stuff of great cruising music. I have trouble playing other tracks from this CD, not because they don't shred, but because this is so totally grand!

Poinciana dotdotdot
Island (Instrumental)

Quiet exotic percussion and jazzy guitar licks flow in an island vein, with liquid air and a bouncy beat. Quite a nice track.

Border Town dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Strongly based on Bob Moore's "Mexico," this number has been a fave of mine for 35 years, despite the out-of-tune guitar. This rendition capitalizes on the chunky rhythm, and is wonderfully played.

Golden Sea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Golden Sea" is a tasteful Hawaiian-esq number with a vacation feel and very smooth flow. Lovely steel and soft rhythm over very round bass and light percussion. Quite nice.

Exotic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Bob Vaught arrangement with the drums way-way back in the mix. The huge guitar sound overcomes this. Very edgy.

The Agent Vs. The Mexican dotdotdotdot
Spy Surf (Instrumental)

This is a slow and sultry number with a silky sexiness and exotic percussion. "The Agent vs. The Mexican" is like a film score, more about setting up the visuals and story line than a melody, yet powerfully attractive. Spanish elements and spy sounds intertwine in an adventure of unique style.

Shadow Land dotdotdot
Shadows Country (Instrumental)

Like you thought, it's Shadows all the way. Duane Eddy meets Hank Marvin at the studio for an "instant hit" session. Uninspired, though precise with nice tones. Countrified ale and bangers.

Paraffin Jungle dotdotdot
Country Twang (Instrumental)

This is an excursion into sonic territory that the Eliminators have not previously ventured, the land of Memphis flavored instros, where gig flowing notes and effected country twang rule. It's melodic and prancing, with an excellent sax break from Billy Swanson.

Lonely Surf Guitar dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This was the B-side of the Safaris lone single on Valiant. It retains the shimmer of the vibrato lead, as well as the pace. A near perfect replica.

Fifty Foot Combo - The Legend of Hanau Eepe dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This mostly percussion track is exotica based, tiki spiced, poi flavored, and rhythmically powered. Big chord accents and a double picked melody line serve as a vehicle for the very cool drum work. The tiki torch is lit.