Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: What Surf IIdotdotdotdot
artworkThe second of the legendary What Surf series. It was issued in 1987 in Holland. Like the first volume, it contains work from surf legends Agent Orange, Davie Allan and the Arrows, the Halibuts, the Pyramids, and the Surf Raiders, and adds the Pandoras, the Burglars, and Sandy Nelson. This is the European issue, with two added tracks from Jon and the Nightriders from their Stampede album. An important compilation.
Picks: Invasion Of The Body Surfers, Penetration, Storm Dancer, Run For Your Life, Surf Rider, Surf Drums, Thunder Alley, Deep Six, XL-3, Redondo Strand, Surf Beat '85

Track by Track Review

Invasion Of The Body Surfers dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Right from the get-go with the long and scratchy pick slide, this stompy chompy tune oozes both danger and angst. A grand exercise in fuzzadelic surforama. Intense double picked slaughterhouse angry surf. Quite cool!

Penetration dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

One of a handful of nationally successful surf single, this track has been covered more than "Miserlou," and in more varieties of rock styles. If you don't own this track, you have entered the surf idiom yet. This is one of the essential classics. The production is unusual and masterful, and the melody is simple and enduring. It spawned hundreds of covers, and is still quite infectious.

Storm Dancer dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is one of the best numbers John Blair has written. Very hot and infectious. In fact, this track rules! The fire in the percussion, the catchy nature of the melody, the power in the rhythm... a masterpiece! Very hot and infectious. Aside from being one of the best second wave bands, Jon and the Nightriders are incredibly tight and percussive.

Run For Your Life dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fast paced, ringing chords, and an unchanging progression. Energetic, but note very interesting.

Surf Rider dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rhythmically interesting track, with a soothing melody line, and a relaxed delivery. The damped rhythm guitar is just right, while the lead rolls forth with subtle energy. melodic and pleasing.

Surf Drums dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Thundering bass and drums and rhythm guitar sync together, while a dull lead guitar tone guides the way. Mostly rhythm dominated, almost melody free. The rhythm's draw is just enough to carry the day.

Thunder Alley dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Exotic percussion, a Latin rhythm, and a gentle wispy melody played on a dry and plaintiff guitar. Pretty, but not dominating. A good backdrop to the floatier side of the evening. References to the Endless Summer theme are many, with the melody being shared in spots.

Deep Six dotdotdotdot
Biker Fuzz (Instrumental)

Major chunk and grodie guitar delivered with extreme attack, punctuated with fiery fuzzy glissandoes as only Davie Allan could do. It's big, grindy, noisy, and quite exciting.

XL-3 dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Fire below! The Phantoms' "XL-3" blasts off immediately, and relentlessly powers to Aldebaran in a blaze of smoke and flame. Speedy glissandoes force this raging track into hyper drive.

Redondo Strand dotdotdotdot
Instro (Instrumental)

Sandy was a major player among the studio musicians in LA. His drums are heard on many hits by many people, as well as on his on hits, beginning with "Teen Beat" in the late fifties. In the early eighties, he did some recording and issued an album with Mars Bonfire a.k.a. Dennis Edmonton on guitar. This track is a rhythmic thing that is pretty typical of the album. Long out of print, it's worth a listen for sure.

Surf Beat '85 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

In their chunkiest most compressed style, Agent Orange deliver the goods with this superfine surf punk version of the classic Dick Dale tune. It's as dynamic and energetic as ever you'd expect. A great track. This is a remix for this album.