Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA Dick Dale And His Del-tones - Mr. Eliminator
|1964's Mr. Eliminator sported three essential Dick Dale classics, "Flashing Eyes," "Taco Wagon," and one of thee most essential surf songs "The Victor." These alone make this required listening.|
Picks: Mr. Eliminator, Flashing Eyes, Taco Wagon, The Victor, Firing Up, My XK-E, Nitro Fuel
Track by Track Review
This version is from the Mr. Eliminator album. It's a bit of a contrast for Dick, big chords and whammy instead of double picked power house delivery, but a solid track nonetheless.
The Smithereens covered it in the eighties, which got MTV Europe's attention as they were getting ready to launch back in '89, and that caused them to contract with Dick Dale for a 10 second version for use as a logo.
This is one of Dick's fastest and most-fun tracks. The studio session is not the best, but this must have been a shredder live. Its great call and response lead work and power glissandos are totally killer! Marvelous.
Despite it's oomp-pa-pa quality, this is one heck of a great song. It's from the Mr. Eliminator album, and has been covered frequently. "Taco Wagon" has more Mexican flavor than the nachos at Taco Bell... really. It's a great track!
This track ranks as one of the great Middle Eastern surf epics. It is truly minimal melody, but has an intensity all it's own, which lead the Mermen to include it in their infamous "Middle Eastern medley." Power, Intensity, Grace... what more do you want?
"Firing Up" is a dark mid-tempo number that is still used by Dick in fragments during his sets. Mostly just a riff, but a catchy riff at that. Nice track.
Hot Rod (Instrumental)
I know that "all the kids in old LA, loved to hear Dick Dale play," and that most even liked his singing. I understand the playing part. But about the singing - what I wanna know is - why?
"Nitro Fuel" is a flashy bit of Dick Dale-ism, with a very cool riff and lots of flair. Rockin' and rollin' with reverb. The catchiness of the riff is quite something, and Dick's double picked flying fingers in the break are spectacular.