Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Surf'O'Ramadotdotdotdot
artworkThis hard to come by Aussie comp features some pretty legendary performers, including two bands with former members of Radio Birdman. All but a few tracks are well recorded and very cool, and the influences range from the sixties Australian sound to punk power. A very fine compilation!
Picks: Night Surfer, Your Martini Sir, Casino Moon, Safari-So-Good, Hot Rod Hearse, Single Fin Theory, Gasser, Bikini, Lugarmo Sunrise, Dispicable Stomp, Thruster, Pharoah, Marauder, Vampira's Surf Tragedy, Almost Feel The Sand, Tube Screamer, Hondo's Dog, (Ghost) Riders In The Sky, Blue Skies, Ocean

Track by Track Review


Night Surfer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big whammy chords warn of danger in the surf. dark low-E guitar verses and damped delicate verses provide scenic variations that keep "Night Surfer" interesting. Mid tempo fluid and a little sad.

Your Martini Sir dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Raouls lumber across a long black line in the horizon, with long sad guitar lines over a grumbly and relentless beat. Exotic bongos and lounge inversions add spice to this post surf bar hopper.

Casino Moon dotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

This is a sorta Link Wray like riff rocker, thick and traditionally structured in an AABA progression, but with a more adventurous bridge than many. Fun and edgy.

Safari-So-Good dotdotdotdot
Surf Lounge (Instrumental)

The delicate damped rhythm guitar supports the friendly lead as it splashes carefree sunsets and excursions to the far away secret spots of the world. Infectious and fluid.

Hot Rod Hearse dotdotdot
Soul (Instrumental)

Cheesy whistling organ, grumbly bass, and softness edged for a kind of post Booker T. and the MG's groove, but on the coast. Fun track with a soulful sound.

Single Fin Theory dotdotdotdot
Surf 'n' Soul (Instrumental)

Swimming whammy guitar and glorious piano, with a soul underpinning and a playful melody line... what more do you need for an evening bonfire while you wait for the surf to rise again. Marshmallows anyone?

Gasser dotdotdot
Surf Jazz Funk Rod (Instrumental)

The motors wind up at the starting line, the announcer yells out some important info, and then the band starts to play as the rods leave the line. It's a cool song with guitars and sax balanced. Simple can be boring and repetitious, or interesting, in large part separated by the playing and whimsy of the artist. This works well. The Hammond is great too. I could have done without the shouts and stuff, but they don't really detract, so...

Bikini dotdot
Surf Jazz Funk (Instrumental)

Big keys and sax with jazzy R&B flourishes and some funk. The quirky nature of the stop-start tune are accented with the low-down utterance of "Bikini." It all works.

Lugarmo Sunrise dotdotdot
Surf Jazz Funk (Instrumental)

Thin and edgy in a garage vein, with a sad riff and deliberate pace, plus clean guitar licks hinting of the surf giving up one of its dead. Kinda grodie and forlorned.

Dispicable Stomp dotdotdot
Surf Jazz Funk (Instrumental)

A little gurgle water lapping at the shores, some intense whammy, and a very unusual riff. Despite sucky sound, this is one intense mutha that you don't wanna like, but do anyway. Totally unique.

Thruster dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Slicing and dicing a ten-foot face like a tri-fin, "Thruster" races across a mean wave of reverb and thrills. An excellent surf instrumental with lots of power and dashing flair. Too cool.

Pharoah dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a very cool track, smooth and mystical, with a great rambling gate and stereo delayed reverb lead guitar. All this gives it an interesting sound that brings you back. Quite interesting.

Marauder dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dark and dank, reverbed into murky waters, and relentlessly brooding, "Marauder" lurks in the shadows, or maybe rides the stormy chop of storm surf when a sane person would be watching from ashore. Cool!

Vampira's Surf Tragedy dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Vampira's Surf Tragedy" tells the tale of danger on the surf in a fast and traditional vein. Strong and a little thrashy, the Swampcats cut a tuff riff based surf sound.

Almost Feel The Sand dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a soft and very fluid piece, with a sad emotional content, yet optimistic in a healing kinda way. Very nice track.

Tube Screamer dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tom toms thunder, bass grumbles, and guitar hammers out the power of long curls that lure you into their death grip. fast and very tough.

Hondo's Dog dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Acoustic guitar and hard driving drums, rumbling bass and all the punch you'd expect from this player. Amazingly hot for an acoustic. The keys add a sense of the shore, while everything else powers the waves and hints of Birdmen past.

(Ghost) Riders In The Sky dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is simply amazing! Deniz Tek employs distortion, power, smooth execution, feedback, and an intense energy as he and his bandmates cover Stan Jones' grand tune. One of the very best covers, this hard driving track is a must for any fan of Radio Birdman, and for fans of fast intense rock instros. Packards fans look out!

Blue Skies dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Tweaky scenes of sets of tubular delight. The guitar is heavily effected in a spacy kinda way, yet is very fitting for the material. "Blue Skies" works well, and is quite surfable despite its distance from the genre. very modern and dark, with howling feedback and drama.

Ocean dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Ocean" is much more sedate, with a slower pace and long pretty vibrato chords. Liquid lines and shimmering guitar give it a place in the sunset. very smooth, but retaining its edge.