Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: That's New Pussycatdotdotdotdot
artworkThis CD is a splendid cross section of bands having reverent fun with the music of Burt Bacharach. 17 instros grace the disc, most well worth the price of admission. It's a long way from trad surf, but there's no denying the fun within, nor the pleasure of repeated listenings. Sense of humor required! Vocals included here are Chubbies "God Give Me Strength," Deadbolt "Rain Drops Keep Fallin' On My Head," HiFi Ramblers "Baby It's You," Mummy The Peepshow "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head," Nose Riders"This Guy's In Love With You," Petty Booka"Baby It's You," Ritchie Venus "Anyone Who Had A Heart," and Wrong Corpses "Trains and Boats and Planes."
Picks: 24 Hours From Tulsa, The Blob, Trains and Boats and Planes, Casino Royale Theme, Baby It's You, The Look Of Love, The Windows Of The World, Italian Fuzz, Walk On By, I Say A Little Prayer, Do You Know The Way To San Jose?, Close To You, Broad Street, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, What's New Pussycat, (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me, Downhill and Shady

Track by Track Review

24 Hours From Tulsa dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The revitalized Apemen are less reverbed and more go-go oriented on this track. Their thick guitar driven sound and intense organ churn give this a whole new meaning. Still melodic and fluid, it leaves the syrupy elevators of Bacharachia to blast in the garages of suburbia. very cool.

The Blob dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This too cool and ultra silly black and white horror flick theme from the fifties gets the surf treatment, while it retains the happiness. Playful and just plain fun.

Trains and Boats and Planes dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Canada's masters of classical surf present a magnificent shimmering arrangement of this suave composition. Pristine plucking, serious beauty, and watery ambiance. I'm way past due needing a new Baronics CD... this will surely do for now. It's magnificent.

Casino Royale Theme dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a mighty smooth arrangement, well played and most pleasing. It's got the right stuff. Big Ray and the Futuras even captured the "mashed potato schmaltz" (Bryan Ferry) of the original... very nice.

Baby It's You dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Extra reverbed, spunky and nothing like the hit... yeah, you'll recognize the classic melody from the soulful groove of the Shirelles, but that's where it ends. With driven energy and splashy reverb, you'd swear this was what Burt Bacharach must have meant when he wrote it, but then why the mushy title? Excellent!

The Look Of Love dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Those Italian surf artistes I Cosmonauti give this a suitably pristine treatment. Their multi talented and widely experienced playing style is capable of pulling off MOR surf where no others dare. Quite pretty, and very respectful.

The Windows Of The World dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Rich guitar, restrained and refined delivery, romantic edges, and a right in the pocket match between sound and original intent. Not at all slushy, but very pretty.

Italian Fuzz dotdotdot
Fuzz (Instrumental)

Moody biker fuzz and console organ... The sound is murky to great effect here, giving it a ambiance estranged from reality. The moodiness is ominous, while the spy bongos add a sense of cheese. Very cool and Hollywood psychedelic.

Walk On By dotdotdot
Electro Surf (Instrumental)

The wonderful one-of-a-kind electro weirdness that is the Mill Valley Taters is a perfect vehicle for this tune. Many cassette releases have come from the mind of this guitars and programmed sounds duo. It's really high time they were captured in such fine form. It's both lounge slushy and intriguingly disquieting, maybe a little like lying in a hammock on a warm afternoon and slowly realizing that something is very wrong around you, and moments later, the UFO's take you for a ride... very cool!

I Say A Little Prayer dotdotdot
Elevator Surf (Instrumental)

Yes, really! Pollo Del Mar go slushy with a really tasty performance of Burt Bacharach's tune made famous by Pet Clarke. The narrated lyrics mid stream are too precious, and then there's that silly chorus. This is great fun! Destined for the OmOm Burt Bacharach tribute CD.

Do You Know The Way To San Jose? dotdotdot
Lounge Fluff (Instrumental)

"Do You Know The Way To San Jose?" is just about as bizarre as they come. Like an adventure on an late sixties studio Moog album for guitar. This sort of thing could only have been born in the studios of the mind where the Swingle Singers hung out and never a real band showed their faces. So, this is about as perfect a replication of the era as you'll find. Not that I can stand it, but certainly well crafted. Think surf, then invert it and make Percy Faith arrange it... this is it.

Close To You dotdotdotdot
Twango Surf (Instrumental)

Austin's Squid Vicious knows how to make this shine... and you can almost see the grins on their scrubbed little faces as they play this at some high school assembly. Seriously, this is very nice. The stop-start action and the aggro drums, and the guitar fun all add to the magic of this complete transformation.

Broad Street dotdotdotdot
Club Soda Surf (Instrumental)

España surfisticats Da Surfones bring a coy little neighborhood bar atmosphere to this pre-John Tesh era shlusher. They tale out the self importance of the piano bar man and replace it with an innocent playful glee. Very good.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance dotdotdotdot
Duke Surf (Instrumental)

Susan and the SurfTones have been making groovy surf music for quite a spell now. There's something unique in their sound, which occupies a niche somewhere between Jack Marshall's Guitar Ramblers and the Ventures. "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" is quite a solid vehicle for them. Susan Yasinski's surf guitar is perfect for the melody line, while Kim 13's keys add a period cheese to the track, while Brian Goodman and Buck Malen keep time solidly. Even the whine of the fiddles in Gene Pitney's magical hit are simulated. I like this a lot!

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Tiki Lounge (Instrumental)

hanging out squarely in the lounge, the once surfy Tiki Tones provide a merely strange arrangement for this Tom Jones film score classic. As weird as the Mill Valley Taters, but not as endearing.

(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me dotdotdotdot
Tiki Lounge (Instrumental)

One of NorCal's best kept secrets does a fine job with this, rolling it out with thundering underpinnings and crisp guitar. The band is merging a light guitar sound with the rumble and run ethics of a surf band rhythm section. Tribal and suave too.

Downhill and Shady dotdotdotdot
Jimmy Smith Blues (Instrumental)

The Waistcoats are one of the great garage bands. here, they tone their usual edge in favor of a smoother delivery. The bass may throb beneath, but the guitar and console organ ooze Jimmy Smith and go-go sounds. Churchy, bluesy, twangy, and very cool!