Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
|This is the second in the five volume series of charting instrumentals. Within you will find a grand assortment of instrumental rock and roll, with great liner notes and plenty of long forgotten treasures.|
Picks: Califf Boogie, El Rancho Rock, Mathilda, "Flip, Flop and Bop", Mule Train Stomp, Manhattan Spiritual, Wiggle Wobble, Ramrod, Boo Boo Stick Beat, The Fickle Chicken, Cerveza, Wild Twist, The Blue Eagle (Part 1), Big Jump, Patricia, Teensville, Mardi Gras (The Blues), Carioca, Rebel-Rouser, Cast Your Fate To The Wind, Machine Gun, Power Shift, Kabalo, Hucklebuck (Twist), Guitar Rhumbo, Pretty Please, Apple Knocker, Doin' The Horse, Soul Twist, Dish Rag (Part 1)
Track by Track Review
"Califf Boogie" is a slightly up-tempo vintage rocker with a grinding frantic groove. Similar in aural quality, but not at all the same melody or progression as part one. A "Honey Don't" intro to part two is guttier but no more interesting than part one. This is a great rockabilly boogie, while also being as simple as they come. It's actually quite infectious. Rhythmic and energetic, it lacks only from a lead guitar not present enough. Damn cool track.
Latin R&B Rock (Instrumental)
"El Rancho Grande" saxed up like "Tequila" with lotsa fun damped guitar rhythm work, and a honkin' good sax performance.
MOR Rock (Instrumental)
Slow and different than the rest, this is maybe a bit more rock oriented in that fluid slow dance way. It can't decide if it's a fifties or sixties piece. For 1962, with surf rockin' up the instro scene, "Mathilda" tries to hold back the tide. It's not down to Lawrence Welk, but it is not very lively. The lead guitar work is very fluid.
The great country piano of Floyd Cramer boogies and woogies along to this simple catchy tune, tinkling the ivories in a Fats Domino / saloon style. Where's miss kitty.
Cowboy Blues (Instrumental)
Blues legend Roy Buchanan cries and moans through his guitar on this rock-solid performance of the classic Frankie Lane hit. This is dirty, crude, and really cool!
Orchestral Rock (Instrumental)
Highly spirited and stylized orchestral magic is brought to life in this old MOR hit. based on spirituals, it rocks and sways very coolly.
This very cool bouncy R&B tune was often covered by surf bands live. It was a hit for Les Cooper and the Soul Rockers on the old AM radio. Very infectious and rock solid.
An often covered rockin' jamster designed for party time. Not much melody, just energy and fun. Incidentally, Duane Eddy was on tour while this was recorded. It's Al Casey's guitar on the record (he wrote it too).
This almost novelty Chet Atkins tune is the precursor to some of the things that the Pastel Six used to do, particularly their arrangement of "Cotton High." Rhythmic and percussion oriented. very cool... should be turned into a surf tune by some enterprising surf band.
Chicken boppin' rockabilly hoppin' fun... like you'd expect at the barn dance in old Nashville. way fun, but pretty derivative.
Based on "Tequila," this has a less infectious gate, yet is quite fun. Nice sax work and interesting bass and percussion.
Organ Riff (Instrumental)
A go-go jam, with no redeeming qualities, unless your looking for that perfect frat party record that no one will listen to while they shout to be heard in their meaningless verbal exchanges in search of the next lay.
Basic instro blues with great tinkling piano.
This is the B-side of Sandy Nelson's biggest hit "Teen Beat." The drums are solid, and the guitar minimal as was the case on most of his hits. More a country track than a rocker, it nevertheless makes the grade.
Organ Jazz (Instrumental)
Loungie jazzy mall organ master Perez Prado slushes up "Patricia" with that fifties Latin jazz commercial sound. A pretty fun track, but unnecessary.
Pimple country spunkin' with silly chorus accompaniment.
Mardi Gras (The Blues)
Organ Blues (Instrumental)
Nowhere near as interesting as his hit, "Mardi Gras (The Blues)" is a sleeper, destined for mall rats everywhere.
Pre Surf (Instrumental)
Now if you want to hear groundbreaking ideas, try this on for size. Long before Jack Nitzche growled out "The Lonely Surfer," the Fireballs were playing a really low lead lines (maybe even on a bass?). Really evil for it's day!
"Rebel-Rouser" set the formula for Duane Eddy's enduring success. It is a rousing instro with whoops and hollers, and a richly infectious sound. The melody is strong, and the guitar is dead center.
Cast Your Fate To The Wind
Piano Bar Jazz (Instrumental)
One of many absolutely great pieces of writing from Vince Guaraldi, this is a must for any piano bar jazz collector. Infectious and uniquely Guaraldi.
This 1959 record has been covered many times in the rockabilly circles, and has also found its way into "surf" collections. Highly rhythmic and infectious, "Machine Gun" is just plain cool. Great primitive fifties guitar and 15 IPS slap back.
Formula Rock (Instrumental)
Mindless studio jam riff rock, with no real personality in either sound or structure. Formula rock.
"Kabalo" is a really fine track, with a Johnny Cash kinda rhythm and a haunting delayed lead and infectious piano. This is truly a gem... The kinda track that makes you wanna go back and hear it again and again.
Relatively smooth but studio pretentious and trite rock and roll.... just not very interesting.
"Guitar Rhumbo" is a Mexican hat dance sorta tune, with nifty percussion and a Desi Arnaz feel.
Surf Blues (Instrumental)
The heavy damped reverb adds a surfy feel to this basic blues progression from blues legend Roy Buchanan. Just a jam kinda thing, but somehow interesting.
Classical Piano Rock (Instrumental)
Rossini's "William Tell Overture" is messed with in a playful but not very inspired performance. On one hand, the piano and drums are pumpin', and on the other, the sax is boring and low-key.
Doin' The Horse
Tweaky progressive nonsense about doin' the horse... The same progression repeats itself repeatedly, leaving a real sense of repetition and sameness.
Saxman King Curtis had a few hits. This made a minor splash on the charts, with its raspy sax and rolling beat.
Dish Rag (Part 1)
Gimmicky R&B instrumental jam... that's it.