Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The El Caminos - Reverb Explosion!dotdotdotdot
artworkA compilation of the work so far from Japan's second great surf band (the Surf Coasters are first). This is a great collection, well worth your shekels! Punchy sound, spirited performances, unusual arrangements, and just plain fun!
Picks: Exotic, Sumo Wrestler, Big Surf, Hornet's Nest, Pachuko Soul, Exodus, Reverb Explosion [Part I], The Wedge, Rolling Sushi, Shock Wave '95, T. J. Slough, Death Race, Quite A Surf Party, Gerugugu, How! (unreleased bonus track)

Track by Track Review

Exotic dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Bob Vaught arrangement with the drums way-way back in the mix. The huge guitar sound overcomes this. Very edgy.

Sumo Wrestler dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A jerky stomp number with an OK melody. Big sound and Dick Dale flourishes.

Big Surf dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A major power version of the Sentinals' killer tune. Even bigger and more ominous than the original.

Hornet's Nest dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Originally titled Ho-Nest on the Sexcite release, this track features a big Dick Dale / Surf Coasters style melody and a big delivery. The keys detract from the cohesion.

Pachuko Soul dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Soul Kings and The Rhythm Kings used to do this. It is as close as you get to the definitive song of the Latin band dance craze the Soul that the surfers picked up on so heavily in sixty-three. The keys play the lead in lieu of the horn section it was written for.

Exodus dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Lively Ones arrangement of the movie theme, with more energy and less sting. The rhythm is heavier too.

Reverb Explosion [Part I] dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Sort of a "Mr. Eliminator"-like song with with silly screaming girls and an "ah-ah" chorus courtesy the Chevrolettes. Really mean crunchy low-E surf riffs. It's a little like Jackie & the Cedrics recorded better.

The Wedge dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A light weight cover of the Dick Dale classic. Too much rhythm guitar presence.

Rolling Sushi dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A pretty cool surf number with the trite-n-true Japanese caricature chord intro. Repetitious, but fun.

Shock Wave '95 dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool vibratoed reverb crashes add a new dimension to this obscuro cover. Very nice reverent track.

T. J. Slough dot
Surf (Instrumental)

Really stupid Chipmunks vocal La La's throughout render it almost useless. Too bad, because it would be really cool without them.

Death Race dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Very cool rhythmic number with the lead way too low in the mix, killing the effectiveness of the track.

Quite A Surf Party dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The Fireballs classic track written by George Tomsco, with a lot less delicacy, and a lot more energy. Quite nice.

Gerugugu dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

A super minimal melody line, but it reeks of Eddie & the Showmen influence. Tasty.

How! (unreleased bonus track) dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Indian toms and guitar riffs and a ton of reverb. Cheesy keys are ok, but think how cool it would have been with piano instead. Nice track.