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Scott Engel - Hits and Rarities Vol. Idotdot
artworkThis first of two volumes collects various pre-Walker Brothers tracks from Scott Engel, as well as a few Walker Brothers classics. Among the five instros here, two actually rock, including the illusive "Devil Surfer," with a sound that begs the question "were the Monarchs really Scott Engel and company?" Better than volume two, but just for the hard core Walker Brothers collector.
Picks: Chick's Choice, Devil Surfer, Diskoteque, Greens, Ham Hocks

Track by Track Review

Chick's Choice dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a pretty rockin' version of the Rockin' Rebels' "Wild Weekend" under the title "Chick's Choice." The guitar work is fast and precise, if a little thin. The rhythm is strong and the sax is raw.

Devil Surfer dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This rare single featured early work by future Walker Brothers guitarist Scott Engel. It's more like a sped up Monarchs than pure surf, but it's infectious and punctuated with the best Devil's laugh on a surf disc. It's rhythmic and mighty cool.

Diskoteque dotdotdot
Frat Rock (Instrumental)

This is a kinda fifties instro with a bit of the Champs sound. It's essentially an instro treatment of the Rivingtons' "Papa Oom Mau Mau" with a fifties sound.

Greens dotdot
R&B Jam (Instrumental)

Ultra low grodie guitar and organ chumpin' in an attempt to create a dirty version of Booker T. and the MG's if they were from Tacoma. More a jam than a song, but darn dirty.

Ham Hocks dotdot
R&B Jam (Instrumental)

In a similar groove to "Greens," with low grodie guitar, sax and organ. Again, it's more of a jam than a song, but darn dirty.