Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Pete Deal and the Waikikis - Surfboard Volume Onedotdotdot
artworkVolume one of two from a dedicated guitarist with (according to the brief bio on his site) all these songs that were written at the age of 14 way back when. I don't know about that, but there are some intriguing things going on, and he certainly writes, arranges, and plays in a highly original style.
Picks: Chaquita, Petulia, Speedy Beat, Stella, Sweet Alice, Thrill Me, Times Are Passing By, Trans Global

Track by Track Review


Chaquita dotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

"Chaquita" is a pretty song delivered with stereo delayed lead guitar over a pleasant backtrack. That may sound tepid, but this is a very nice track with an attractive melody and sound.

Petulia dotdotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

An interesting beat gives "Petulia" a captivating edge, while the quirkiness of the little extras and evolving big guitar lines that suggest the surf make this a fascinating track. Quite nice.

Speedy Beat dotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

With a beat and bass line much like the stand back phrase from "Living In The USA" gives this a bluesy jam feel, while the tone is anything but the blues. Twang and a chorus add yet another dimension.

Stella dotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

"Stella" is a softly flowing piece with a romantic melody. This easy track is very easy to enjoy. Changes and good arranging complete the picture. Happy and optimistic.

Sweet Alice dotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

"Sweet Alice" sports a happy rhythm track and a jazzy front line. Its quirky structure adds a grin without being gimmicky. Pretty cool!

Thrill Me dotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

This is a bit of a bluesy number via its progression, while the rhythm track is not at all bluesy. Engaging, but a bit repetitious.

Times Are Passing By dotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

There's a nod to Jeff Beck and Les Paul in the lead, and a sense of European pop overall. "Times Are Passing By" is bouncy and happy with an infectious sound. Way fun.

Trans Global dotdotdotdot
Euro Surf (Instrumental)

The jet crosses over to bring forth "Trans Global." It's a song with a lovely South American style melody in places, and a sense of vacation in others.