Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Collection: The World Of Surfingdotdotdot
artworkThis is one of a pair of collections issued by Almor Records that included some primal surf instros, but also used Dick Dale's pre-surf vocal pop tracks "We'll Never Hear The End Of It" and "Fairest Of Them All" as come-ons. This album sports powerful and spirited surf instros from the Original Surfaris, the new Dimensions, the Fireballs, and the Surf Teens. This was reissued in the late eighties on vinyl. Maybe it will appear on CD some day.
Picks: Latin Soul, Soul Beat, Vesuvius, Rik-A-Tik, Yacky Doo, Panic Button, Bullwinkle, Church Key

Track by Track Review

Latin Soul dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

While crudely recorded, particularly the drums, this is the poundiest, hottest, and most infectious version of this fine tune. Ultra powerful guitar tones take it beyond the Sentinals version. It has all the Latin flair, but is monster surf guitar dominated.

Soul Beat dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Central Coast soul sound is stronger than the East LA sound that usually dominates versions of this tune. This is not just soulful, but also surfy and large. A fine version.

Vesuvius dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty straight version of this tune, sounding a lot like a raw version of the Sentinals. No magic, but definite period chunk, rhythmic and edgy. "Vesuvius" was also issued on the Surfing collection under the title "Surfin' Dance" credited to the Surf Boys.

Rik-A-Tik dotdotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

This is a brilliant bit of writing and playing. The rhythmic nature of the piece is relentless, and the melody is among the happiest of all rock instros. It was covered by the Lively Ones to great affect. This original rendering is much lighter than the Lively Ones version, but it has it's own infectious chunk and playfulness. This track rules.

Yacky Doo dotdotdot
Pre Surf (Instrumental)

"Yacky Doo" suffers from those period "oh-oh" harmonies sung over parts of the song. Too bad it's not the undubbed version here. It is still a nice track, and the "oh oh's" aren't so frequent that it turns you off. The writing is much inspired by "Bulldog" or "Torquay," as is much of their work.

Panic Button dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Fireballs' tune is rendered in reverby Central Coast style, with an eye on the original. rare, but not essential.

Bullwinkle dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This early take of the Central Coast standard is Previously unreleased. It's solid and a lot less evil than the Centurions. More surf, less bad guy, and very well phrased. A fine track.

Church Key dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This Revels' classic is shredded out here. The sound is a bit boomy, but otherwise it's a solid cut.