Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: Wild Sazanami Beat Vol. 2dotdotdotdot
artworkWhat a wonderful look at Japanese bands this CD is. 24 tracks, with 6 instros and 18 mostly delicious vocals. Lots of surf influences, and fun all around.
Picks: Harakiri Stomp, Mr. Camel, Gypsy Road, Delisquesced by Devonshire, Cheese and Corn, Secret Spot

Track by Track Review

Harakiri Stomp dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a rock solid intro with great drums and a garagy, yet very surfable guitar line, and punky bass. Aggressive and melodic, and memorable. The melody is on the playful side, but the delivery is very hot. Great track!

Mr. Camel dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is entirely fun, with a splashy melody and an upbeat grin on its face. Thumpin', hand clappin' and liquid laughing. You can not listen with smiling and requiring a recall! Outstanding!

Gypsy Road dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a heavy and very gutty surf instro with an excellent melody line and rock solid beat. The organ generally plays a subdued accent, but carries the melody in the break, which transitions into wonderful glissandos. Very cool!

Delisquesced by Devonshire dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Organ combo groove and fuzz guitar playa sixties go-go lounge kinda thing. Groovy like scene music in Hollywood psychedelic party scenes in B-movies.

Cheese and Corn dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Drama and string magic, tribal tom toms, and pulsing bass. "Cheese and Corn" features a rock melody line that's surfed up some. Greenwich Alley chant "cheese and corn" at appropriate intervals.

Secret Spot dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Secret Spot" features a melody like that's similar to the Halibuts' "Hammerhead," but much more island fluid and less intense. Very catchy. Ex-drummer Jimbo-san Tiki narrates his tale of his secret spot with a delivery not unlike the narration in early surf films.