Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surfin Knots Vol 6dotdotdotdot
artworkThis is the sixth in the Xtabay surf series. While it's a bootleg web comp, it sure does gather some fine material for your introduction to surf!
Picks: The Aqualads - Seashore, It Came From The Sea, The AquaSonics - The Infantile Surf, The Aqua Velvets - High Diver, The Atlantics - Freakout, Night Star, The Bambi Molesters - Invasion Of The Reverb Snatchers, The Berzerkers - Mung Taco, The Surfdusters - Death Trap, The Surf Trio - Bring Me The Head Of Geraldo Rivera, 3 Balls of Fire - Blue Tango, The Torquays - Journey To The Stars, El Sleazo Chorizo, The Treblemakers - Impact Zone, It Came From Uranus, The Tremolo Beer Gut - Gangster Surf, The Ultras - Night Walk / Night Run / Third Man Theme, The Vara-tones - Reverberator, Ben Vaughn - Blues From Nowhere, The Venturas - Runaway, The Volcanos - Beatnik Bandit, Bikini Sunset, The Wipeouters - Bikini Beach, The Woodies - Midnight Ride

Track by Track Review


The Aqualads - Seashore dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Seashore" is credited to Jim Masoner, but it is "Sorento" played with an eye on a wine bottle. This is a fine rendition, better than the Untamed Youth cut.

The Aqualads - It Came From The Sea dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark vibrato throbs with danger, then the classic surf rhythm and drums pulse beneath a somewhat dangerous guitar line with the same kind of ominous message as "High Wall," but with a marvelously original melody line. "It Came From The Sea" is a wonderful track with a seductive rhythm and sound.

The AquaSonics - The Infantile Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This lovely original is pepped up a bit live, but it displays all of the flair of the writing. It's a good reminder of how cool a great melody really is. Slightly sad, but optimistic for a new dawn!

The Aqua Velvets - High Diver dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark double picked guitar and moody spatial reverb enhance this riffer with a mystic soul. "High Diver" is a very cool track with lots of possibilities. The compression is a bit severe, but the track's intention is well served.

The Atlantics - Freakout dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Solid tribal drums, twangy surfy guitar, solid thunder, and a playful sense of jungle ceremonial dancing and a "Wipe Out" arrangement. Cool track.

The Atlantics - Night Star dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and silky, "Night Star" floats across an evening sky with a fluid and intense guitar. Both moody and pretty, yet powerful as well.

The Bambi Molesters - Invasion Of The Reverb Snatchers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The tune of the original title for the first album, this is a readily identifiable Bambi Molesters style tune. Excellent writing and lead-rhythm balance, warm tone and sporty energy. Melodic and fluid.

The Berzerkers - Mung Taco dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

I take sole credit for the name of this track. Dino thought it had a Spanish feel, and wanted a food title. Naturally, I said "mung taco." He liked it, and it was done. Great number with plenty of power and energy.

The Surfdusters - Death Trap dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Despite having my hope of surf cover of Hawkwind's "Death Trap" dashed, I am thoroughly enthralled with this track. It opens with notes and chords, strung out for dramatic effect, punctuated by a reverb crash, which leads into a mighty crunchy intro sequence, before lashing out with a hot tribal surf rant. This is among their best originals, IMHO. Utter energy, raw power, and great drum action.

The Surf Trio - Bring Me The Head Of Geraldo Rivera dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Damped surf rhythm guitar and a simple whammy chord progression make up most of this tune which shows just how much can be accomplished with a well turned progression and balanced arrangement of a simple idea. Really enjoyable.

3 Balls of Fire - Blue Tango dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Liquid tango and pumpin' drums and bass, fierce glissandos, and fun. That would be "Blue Tango." Very cool.

The Torquays - Journey To The Stars dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Opening with a spacy countdown, culminating in a dry reverb kick, and thundering into the tom tom intro, this fast paced cover of the Ventures classic shreds where their version was merely powerful. Big glissandos, powerhouse guitar, and hot energy. It's less thick, but more interesting than the Ventures version. There's no denying that this track is well played and high spirited.

The Torquays - El Sleazo Chorizo dotdotdotdotdot
Reggae Surf (Instrumental)

This reggae based thing uses a melody line reminiscent of Don't Fear The Reaper, but not derivative of it. It's infectious, way fun, and just quirky enough to capture your heart. Totally in the groove, and imaginative. Original concepts, surfed to the luau max.

The Treblemakers - Impact Zone dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Really cool guitar licks on the second guitar remind me a lot of the Bambi Molesters. This stunning original powers the infectiometer to 10 with great rhythms and guitar lines. Remarkably friendly track.

The Treblemakers - It Came From Uranus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the crunchy reverb kick, this track endears itself to you. The melody riff is very strong. The rhythm is solid and infectious, and the spirit of the performance is very fine. Powerful and energetic. The double picking is well metered, and the sounds are mighty surfy. A pummeling short board attack on a ten foot face.

The Tremolo Beer Gut - Gangster Surf dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Gangster Surf" is a very tasty number, with big twang and an Austin feel. Surf ethics, urban cactus needles, and dissonant danger. A very cool track.

The Ultras - Night Walk / Night Run / Third Man Theme dotdotdotdot
Garage Grind Dementia (Instrumental)

Night Walk features slow stretched ringing chords, efficient use of notes a la Link Wray, and an evil minimal melody. Big time cool for cats danger. Then, like Rawhide, Night Run comes in and grinds the peace to a pulp with a relentless minimalist garage grind. As it comes to a close, it is met by a refrain from Night Walk. The melody line here is Reventlos twisted, making nightmares a real possibility. Then, another bout of Night Run. There's no rest for the wicked. A gentle dementia drops into a few licks of Third Man Theme under Eric's lamenting how he's too old.

The Vara-tones - Reverberator dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Reverberator" is a heavy track with splendid glissandos and fire in its bones. A great forward moving beat and wonderfully original melody line, coupled with very compelling sound, create one heck of a surf instro!

Ben Vaughn - Blues From Nowhere dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slow and silky, throbbing with dungeonous dankness and dripping a female chorus, "Blues From Nowhere" is all about mood and film scenes. Stunningly effective, and oozing emotion.

The Venturas - Runaway dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Unlike the Chantays, this is much truer to the original in structure. While it's fairly tame, it is very enjoyable. Basic treatment, more Ventures than surf. Still, except for the cheesy organ, this is nice.

The Volcanos - Beatnik Bandit dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Named after Big Daddy Ed Roth's magnificent early sixties fiberglass street rod that featured hydraulic joy stick steering and was powered by an Olds mill as I recall. Oh, yeah, and the song is just like that... very nice lads.

The Volcanos - Bikini Sunset dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Reminds me a lot of the Surf Trio's "99th Wave" [theme from "Neat Stuff"], but not as edgy.

The Wipeouters - Bikini Beach dotdotdot
Robot Surf (Instrumental)

Dissonant mechanized chunk beat, weird sounds, and very odd glissandos permeate the twisted twang of this track. It's hard not to like it, even though it's just too strange. It even has a thread of surf running somewhere underneath the post modern mirth.

The Woodies - Midnight Ride dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the opening horror laugh, this ominous track reeks of monsters riding the waves after dark, haunting the surf, and stalking the unsuspecting. The muted guitars simply rule!