Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
Sir Bald Diddley and his Wig-Outs - The Man With Two Left Handsdotdotdotdot
artworkFive instros here amidst Baldy's garage vocals. Doing surf instros for decades has sure developed his writing skills. These instros, more than most of his earlier work, really sound like they were penned in 1963.
Picks: Nishtyak, Absolute Zero, The Man With Two Left Hands, Chrome Dome

Track by Track Review


Nishtyak dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Loud and reverb drenched, "Nishtyak" is all surf with a fine melody line and dark mono tone. It has a rich, slightly mysterious Russian imagery at times. Spunky and full bodied. There are places where Baldy seems out of time with the band.

Absolute Zero dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Big splash with reverb crashes and wonderful muted notes. "Absolute Zero" is a grand surf instro with charm and an attractive melody. Played with abandon, the track sounds structurally like it's from fifty years back. Great stuff!

The Man With Two Left Hands dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Muted reverb deluxe, slinking guitar lines, very cool piano, and an infectious dark tone. "The Man With Two Left Hands" undulates and rolls. The riff and rhythm are intertwined for a very affective arrangement.

Chrome Dome dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sax in "Chrome Dome" makes makes you think it's a lost track from 1963! This is superb! Excellent writing and paying, and a great vintage mindset. It has some exotic imagery too.

Black Ice dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

An unusual melody line, more chords in the melody than are typical for surf, and just nothing out of the ordinary to latch onto. "Black Ice" is a bit jammy for my taste, sometimes bordering on noodling.