Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfin Knots Vol 5dotdotdotdot
artworkTwenty more surf ditties on Volume 5. This set includes one vocal, the Rivieras' "California Sun."
Picks: 16mm, King Kong, Banzai Pipeline, Scarlett O'Hara, Man or Mancini, Napoleon's Solo, Dance of the Moorish Idol, Who Killed 007, Scooby Doo, Sway, Secret Agent Man, Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Deputy's Empty Gun, Mr. Ghost Takes a Ride, '57 Fury, Bikini Drag, Cat on a Hot Foam Board, Beguine ala Bond, It's Only A Movie

Track by Track Review


16mm dotdotdotdot
Space Surf (Instrumental)

"16mm" is soft and filmy, lumbering moodiness, and strange around the edges. Very aquatic in a calm before the storm kinda way. Sad and almost mourning a great loss while looking at the relentlessly renewing dark green sea.

King Kong dotdotdotdotdot
Major Mondo Metal Drudge Monster Movie Soundscape (Instrumental)

This huge lumbering monster track stands head and shoulders above anything their predecessors have ever done. It is stunning, and extremely powerful. From it's metal drudge monster movie soundtrack homage to it's twangy guitar leads and speed-picked melody, "King Kong" simply pummels!

Banzai Pipeline dotdotdotdot
Martini Surf (Instrumental)

With a jazzy mix, and an eye on Henry Mancini's martini, the Raybeats deliver an unusual and inspired version of this most quirky surf classic. Fine playing, and a beat generation bachelor pad ethic merge into a stunningly infectious track.

Scarlett O'Hara dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

When Jet Harris & Tony Meehan recorded this back in '62, I thought there could be equally fine rendition. That held true for 35 years, until Mark blasted this surfy version onto tape. I remember playing this the day Shig & Buzz visited me at KFJC. Peter "Buzz" Miller was a production assistant to Joe Meek and guitarist in England's Peter Jay & the Jaywalkers. They used to do this song in their sets after Jet Harris & Tony Meehan had a hit with it (a great record - check it out). Peter currently runs a studio and recording school in San Francisco (Peter Miller Recording). On hearing this track, Peter commented "Is that the 'Scarlett' song? That's really good!" And, so it is. This is a stellar performance and an infectious track.

Man or Mancini dotdotdot
Garage Surf (Instrumental)

The Dickster's post "Surf Beat" grinder, with a clear target on the block party. A ton of edge, a sneak assault, and a surf crasher.

Napoleon's Solo dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This track wasn't on the original album. It was issued as a single on Warner Brothers. It's much more surf, much less pompous, almost Shadows like in it's tone. The nice piano work is likely Leon Russell. A pleasant track.

Dance of the Moorish Idol dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Dance Of The Moorish Idol" is suave and displays the Moors in a tribal light, playful and carefree. A well written number. It's big and epic in a sweeping emotional way. Very cool!

Who Killed 007 dotdotdot
Post Traumatic Moody (Instrumental)

Oozing ambient strangeness and depressed tone, ""Who Killed 007"Who Killed 007" plays with a sequence inspired by the call to the mothership in Close Encounters Of The Third Kind.

Scooby Doo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The theme from the TV series gets the reverb drench treatment. Aside from the obvious nods to canine superheroes, "Scooby Doo" rocks and surfs mightily. It's amazing how well this works double picked and twanged out.

Sway dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Simply beautiful and dramatic, with tribal drums and floating flights of fancy with a gently pulsing sense of adventure and a wisdom earned in hindsight after struggles hard won. Very emotional and quietly triumphant.

Secret Agent Man dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Phil Sloane's melodic theme to the American distribution of Danger Man under the title "Secret Agent Man" gets a slithery organ and surf guitar loungy treatment that's pretty darn cool.

Her Majesty's Secret Service dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Her Majesty's Secret Service" is quirky and kinda hip. Cool rhythm and haunted guitar and sax (or is it another guitar?).

The Deputy's Empty Gun dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A little cowboy action, but mostly a surf rage with a lot of edge and power. Big chords ring out, and the double picked leads rip in a playful melody that might remind you of Mark Brodie. "The Deputy's Empty Gun" is a splendid song.

Mr. Ghost Takes a Ride dotdotdotdot
Ghostly Surf (Instrumental)

Ghosts on orange waves of horror... "Mr. Ghost Takes A Ride" is too cool, with its slithery and artful spectral occupation and spooky atmospherics. The warbly keys complete the weirdness quotient perfectly.

'57 Fury dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reverb chunk and power, whammy splash and warm chords, and a sense of hectic adventure. "'57 Fury" races down that open highway towards that secret spot. Fine track.

Bikini Drag dotdotdot
Soundtrack Surf (Instrumental)

From one of those dreadful American International beach flicks. The song is cool, the movie sucked. It's an infectious track with a tuff beat and playful melody.

Cat on a Hot Foam Board dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Cat On A Hot Foam Board" is a track I've adored for 30 years. It's fiery, has a bitchin' melody, an incredible infectious tinkly piano, and pummels the drawers right off of your surf buns with its great staccato lead lines. Crank this one up big time! This song is worth the price all by itself! There are not enough stars...

Beguine ala Bond dotdotdotdotdot
French Mood (Instrumental)

The mystique of French Morocco, spies just around the corner, distant contraband caravans, and humid summer rain... what an amazing scene setter this is. It belongs in a film.

It's Only A Movie dotdotdot
Balcony Rock (Instrumental)

Hinting of black and white horror films and sticky floors, this is an inventive idea and a suave track.