Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Think Of The Good Times - The Tucson '60s Sound - 1959-1968dotdotdot
artworkThis is an extended version of the 12 from a decade ago, with more instros and very good liner notes. Some mighty nice stuff here.
Picks: Break Away, Scandal, Boondocker, Nightbeat, Spanish Moon, Everywhere I Go, Turn On, Something Different

Track by Track Review


Break Away dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Warbly guitar and a funky beat simply and rhythmically pump out a jammin' rocker. Innocent and fun, "Break Away" is a catchy almost gimmicky instro with just enough appeal to merit replays.

Scandal dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

This vibrant instro is period guitar rock, with more chord progressions than melody, thought the progression is often carried by a vibrato lead. Spunky and rambunctious, and worth a spin or two.

Boondocker dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a marvelous surf single. The sound is heavily damped reverb rhythms with solid open surf leads. Thumpy and pure primal surf from lanklocked teenagers. This has long been a fave. Very cool.

Nightbeat dotdotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

Cool guitar chops and riffin' over a walking bass line and pumping piano dominate this 1959 single. Otherwise, it's just a jam.

Spanish Moon dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Spanish Moon" features a cute melody riff and a cat named Frankenstein bridge. Bouncy and fun, with a catchy riff and cool surf sound. The string swipes between lines adds flair. very nice track.

Everywhere I Go dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Everywhere I Go" is a surf based rhythmic chord charmer. It sports a happy riff and a rich arrangement. Surf guitar in the lead with active choking and tumbling tom toms. Very infectious. The Ventures covered "Everywhere I Go," renaming it "Tomorrow's Love" and taking writer's credit from Ron Story.

Turn On dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thrashy rhythmic and drum powered, "Turn On" is a high energy number with a throbbing bass line and raging drums, as well as speedy double pick guitar work. Rockin' drums and splashy chords in a hard driving performance with some double picking. The sound and style are not surf, but some guitar licks are. Quite interesting.

Something Different dot
Rock (Instrumental)

"Something Different" is a Johnny and the Hurricanes wannabe that falls short of the mark. Very jam like. Then again Richard Stormy (Richard Gomez) was only 14 when it was cut.