Phil Dirt - Reverb Central - PO Box 1609, Felton, CA 95018-1609 USA
The Fabulous Plank-tones - Are Makin' The Scenedotdotdotdot
artworkCD number three from the Fabulous Plank-tones sports some mighty cool tracks. As the band has matured, their sense of humor and arrangements have evolved. Quite a nice release. Tracks 11 and 12 are reversed on the sleeve.
Picks: Slant Six, Night-Riding, Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In, Cracklin' Rosie, The Ghost and Mr. Planktone, Raji's Rumble, What Now My Love, The Creep, El Toro Rojo, March Of The Fiberglass Soldiers, Hernando's Hideaway, Rat Race, Seaslug In My Duckfoot, Surfer's Awake

Track by Track Review

Slant Six dotdotdot
Country (Instrumental)

The shimmer of dual vibrato guitars brings a countrified shine to "Slant Six." The melody riff is kinda circular, meandering around an afternoon escape.

Night-Riding dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"Night-Riding" has a fine surf melody and dribbling glissandoes. The AABA structure is classic surf instro. It's a warm and inviting song with surf written all over it. Very good!

Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

From the stage and the dawning of the age of self deception comes this sparkling surf interpretation of a song with a magnificent melody and eternal optimism. Pure fun and wide eyed hope drip from "Aquarius / Let The Sunshine In" like rain from a down spout. "Aquarius" is by far the best half of the song, being much more melodic and fluid.

Cracklin' Rosie dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Neil Diamond good time song gets a happy face painted on it's poppy roots. Very fun.

The Ghost and Mr. Planktone dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The sax and the guitar cooperate fully in the deliverance of "The Ghost and Mr. Planktone." It's a good rockin' song with a rhythmic foundation and afternoon adventure sound.

Raji's Rumble dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With sitar-ish tone here and there, "Raji's Rumble" is an adventurous blend of sounds, with vibrato, surf, and sixties organ adding to the Indian essence. Its uniqueness and richness are striking. A fine track!

What Now My Love dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

This is a brilliant choice to grin up a surf set. The bouncy arrangement is both suave and rockin'. I didn't expect I'd like it as much as I do, or maybe I expect a more aggressive take. Either way, Gilbert Becaud's poppy "What Now My Love" is a pleasant track that leaves you satisfied and happy! What a fine arrangement, and that Johnny and the Hurricanes organ in the break is too cool!

The Creep dotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

"The Creep" is slow and sinewy, silky and moody. It floats on a warm breeze just off shore. The slow whammy and delicate picking are quite nice. It's a bit melancholy, with a detective feel and a mysterious edge.

El Toro Rojo dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

Part exercise in guitaristry, part attractive rhythmic marvel, "El Toro Rojo" is a bouncy song that's both fun and very cool. A touch of flamenco and a touch of Chet Atkins charge along hand in hand with a rock 'n' roll grin. Excellent!

March Of The Fiberglass Soldiers dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

What a great title! "March Of The Fiberglass Soldiers" drips damped reverb and glassy barrels off a tropical summer coastline. Simply sparkling with surf and reverb. For my money, this is the best track on this CD!

Hernando's Hideaway dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The melody riffs of the classic "Hernando's Hideaway" are humorously reverbed, with the kind of grin Los Straitjackets and the Halibuts are able to invoke. Very fun.

Rat Race dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

With a reggae beat and damped surf reverb, "Rat Race" is an interesting blend of surf and Jamaican music. Warm and very inviting, with lots of fine guitar work.

Seaslug In My Duckfoot dotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

The guitar gradually rises from the darkness with a fuzz bass and wholly non-surf tones. "Seaslug In My Duckfoot" is an unusual song that takes you down the road it wants you to go, and you go willingly. A fine track.

Surfer's Awake dotdotdotdotdot
Surf (Instrumental)

J. S. Bach's wonderful melody becomes a natural for the surf idiom. "Surfer's Awake" is on the fast side, and has attractive tone and sound. An inspired interpretation!