Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Teen Age Fairdotdotdot
artworkThis is a mighty rare bootleg from the vaults of California Recording Service. Recorded live at the Hollywood Palladium between March 20th and 29th, 1964. Some interesting surf instros, some vital, and a couple of vocals. Well worth searching out if you're interested in the obscure and the immediate surf instros. The vocals here, including "Money" (Blazers), and "Night Train" and "Walking The Dog" (Lad Teens).
Picks: Temptation, Mag Wheels, Exile, Surf Beat, Happy Gremi, Foot Patter, Honky Tonk, Scratch, Aqua-Lust, Turkey Time, High Wall, The Wedge, On Broadway

Track by Track Review


Temptation dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This surf instro is little more than the riff from "(They Call My Baby Patty, But Her Real Name Is) Linda Lou." Tepid and repetitious.

Mag Wheels dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Blazers cut some pretty fine tracks in their day. This rendering of Dick Dale's "Mag Wheels" is spot on and reverbed exquisitely. Tuff, bouncy, and infectious. An excellent cover.

Exile dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Merrell Fankhauser's post Impacts band the Exiles were not as interesting as his association with lap steel master Martin Brown. This is a relatively repetitious track, though still interesting. Classic South Bay surf sound and rhythm, with a jam-like riff.

Surf Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Dick Dale and his Del-tones' "Surf Beat" comes under fire in a dry rendering. It's just thin and missing the requisite edge. The string slides do add a nice touch, giving it a Japanese eleki sound.

Happy Gremi dotdotdot
Dramatic Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is not the national band that had the hit with "Harlem Nocturne." It's a clumpy cover of the Lively Ones' tune, but more an R&B jam. Nice piano work midway through the track.

Foot Patter dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fireballs' "Foot Patter" is presented dry and edgie, and in an ever advancing pace format. Hard driving and powerful, this is a rhythmic and enticing track. No longer the gentle pre-surf tune, the Bonnevilles give this a harsh power sound, with shades of cacophony.

Honky Tonk dotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Bill Dogget's "Honky Tonk" is unceremoniously reverbed. OK, but nothing special at all.

Scratch dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A very shallow stereo mix of the often covered song. It's very powerful, and a must have. B-side of single number two.

Aqua-Lust dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Heavily based on "Rumble On The Docks," this is a mean surf monster. The Aquanauts had a nasty deeply reverbed sound over tribal drums. "Aqua-Lust" is all that and gloomy too. melodic, whammified, damped reverb drenched, and magnetic. Very cool.

Turkey Time dot
Frat (Instrumental)

Saxes and twango in a frat band format. Nothing happening here.

High Wall dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is just about as mean as they come. The Wailers' tune about a prison break over a "High Wall" is surfed into an even more dangerous and brooding place. The slow tortured pace and stinging whammy coupled with the vibratoed rhythm guitar give this an almost haunted feel. Exceptionally good.

The Wedge dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Johny Barakat totally shreds on Dick Dale's "The Wedge,' recorded live as they opened for Dick. many added notes fill in the spaces. The shear energy of this track is overwhelming. They intentionally pummeled it to try to upstage Dick. They must have been some band live when they wanted to be.

On Broadway dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This slow and sultry surf treatment of the Drifters' "On Broadway" features a sax lead. It's quite effective and interesting.