Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Wailin' In West Covinadotdot
artworkThree bands with a common lineage, the Rhythm Surfers, who were together for only a month, the Spectrums, and the Hydraulic Raisins. There are seven instros, six of which are incredibly muddy sounding, and somewhat tentatively performed. Historic in an obscure sorta way, but not essential at all.
Picks: 502, Big City Surfer, Sandflea, Topless, Jack The Ripper, Wailin' In West Covina, Tragedy In Liverpool

Track by Track Review


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Rhythm Surf (Instrumental)

This is club progression sorta tune, no melody, and a bunch of shoutin'. The surf guitar is quite buried in the mix, and borrows from the Novas' "The Crusher" and "Miserlou" in spots. Rhythmic, and slightly infectious. Probably great at a frat party. The whole title is "Like Getting Pinched On A 502."

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Neighborhood Surf (Instrumental)

Borrowing liberally from "Little Brown Jug" and the Tornadoes' "Bustin' Surfboards," this is a cool little minor surf track. Nice damped surf guitar. A fine example of neighborhood surf.

Sandflea dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A muddy recording of a basic surf tune, a progression and some fine reverb. The behind the bridge playing is very nifty. Quite simple, but effective.

Topless dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Wolf whistle guitar, the Novas' "The Crusher" progression, and surf noodle lead work. It's got energy and a mean muddy sound, distant an indistinct. Probably thundered at the I.O.O.F. hall. major distortion when the drums kick in, like it's from a dub of a dub on a home reel to reel.

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Down The Block Surf (Instrumental)

Minimally interesting presentation of the Link Wray classic. Nice double picking, but the muddy sound holds it back, as does a tentative lead performance.

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Grodie Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the double picked intro, this is "Surf Battle," with dreadful sound. There's a driving performance underneath the murk. Closer to the Lively Ones' than the Surfaris' sound.

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Invasion Surf (Instrumental)

This has a nice melody, and some nice arranging. It has a small combo sound, and not much British Invasion influence. Pleasing listening, though not very surfy acoustically.