Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Wail On The Beachdotdotdot
artworkThe entire contents of this LP are available on the CD "Get A Board" from the same bootleg label. All from vinyl.
Picks: Baggies, One Mo Gin, Morpheus, Miserlou, Slippery When Wet, Side Swiped, Go Go Yamaha, Swamp Surfer, Time Bomb, Kick Out, Surf Bunny, Don't Monkey With Tarzan, Baha Reebah (Part 1), Reveille Rock, Basic Surf, Be Billy, Garbage City, Trophy Run

Track by Track Review


Baggies dotdotdotdot
Dry Surf (Instrumental)

B-side of the only Bel-Aires single on Lucky Token Records, the label also shared by the Crossfires. Quite rhythmic with a dry sound, it's an odd melodic twist on "Surf Beat" with little in common. You'll get when you hear it. "Baggies" is a splendid song. The guitar is both intense and subtle. The twang is absolute, and the rhythm is very powerful. Like the A-side, it's a track that desperately needs to come out of the vaults from the tapes.

One Mo Gin dotdot
Garage Surf Rock (Instrumental)

"Moon Dawg," only slightly interesting. Awful mix with the lead guitar lost in the back. Could have been pretty cool if it were recorded better. The energy is there.

Morpheus dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An amazingly simple track that holds your attention despite the simplicity. Great wet guitars, and quite the obscuro.

Miserlou dotdotdotdot
Fuzz Surf (Instrumental)

A 1967 B-side, edgy and fuzzy, not surfy. Good energy, and unusual mostly for its late appearance..

Slippery When Wet dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Walk, Don't Run" backing up a single lead line. Rare, but not particularly original. It has an innocent charm like many minor surf tunes. Lots of trite guitar lines. There are a large number of riffs from traditional songs inserted throughout that make it endearing.

Side Swiped dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Soft and very cool number with lots of shimmer and endearing riffs. Obscure and a nifty find.

Go Go Yamaha dotdotdotdot
Garage Pop (Instrumental)

The Spats were a great garage-pop band. Their magnificent "She Done Moved" single is still a fave on my turntable.

Swamp Surfer dotdot
Riff Near Surf (Instrumental)

Not too surfy number with little that could be labeled a melody. Just a riff with no where to go.

Time Bomb dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a splendid original, with drum fury and a magnetic melody line that is quite sad. The organ and guitar trade roles from verse to verse. Minimal, but really cool.

Kick Out dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Strongly influenced by the Surfaris' "Wipe Out," this track is infectious and tight, and driven pretty hard. While structurally derivative, "Kick Out" is a way fun surf obscuro worth searching out.

Surf Bunny dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Surf Bunny" is one of the great surf obscuros, full of raw power, spirited vocal eruptions from Gene, and a really grungy sound. This record has been on my top 20 list since it's release in '63.

Don't Monkey With Tarzan dotdot
Garage Rock (Instrumental)

Vibrato, but no surf. It has a wailin' fifties sax and plunky piano and stupid Tarzan yells. History, but no inspiration.

Baha Reebah (Part 1) dotdotdotdot
Mariachi Surf (Instrumental)

Magnificent blend of Mariachi and surf, so natural, and such energy. Total fun, and incredibly infectious.

Reveille Rock dotdotdotdot
Dry Midwest Surf (Instrumental)

The Titans were a Midwest instro band, with a pretty dry sound. Not a surf band, but this is so cool, it doesn't matter. Only the reverb is missing to make it surf. Unlike Johnny and the Hurricanes, this is sans organ and shredz even harder!

Basic Surf dot
Rock (Instrumental)

This almost instro is just a riff with vocal inner city yuk. A surf name and reverb on the track does not surf make.

Be Billy dot
Rock (Instrumental)

Give me a break!

Garbage City dotdot
Rock (Instrumental)

A screamed out intro, and low down growl, but no surf.

Trophy Run dotdotdot
Hot Rod (Instrumental)

"Trophy Run" is only moderately interesting. Virtually nothing Bob Moore did held up to his great almost Herb Alpert version of Mexico. Also release as Bob Moore and his Orchestra. The guitar is pretty intense at times, and the drums rock.